Russian rider dies in rotational fall on Belarus cross-country


Russian eventing rider Nikita Sotskov died at a CIC3 event in Ratomka, Belarus, in September in a rotational fall.

The 21-year-old and his horse Larry Carlton suffered a rotational fall at fence 21, the second to last obstacle on the CIC3* course. On-site medical specialists were at the scene immediately after the accident, but sadly the rider could not be saved. The horse was examined by an official veterinarian and treated for a minor injury to his left hind leg.

Sotskov had been riding internationally since 2010, and represented Russia at two European Championships, competing at both junior and young rider level. He had extensive 2* experience, with several top 10 placings with three horses — Ledok, Ilvina V and Larry Carlton. The Ratomka event was his first 3* outing.

His death is the fourth this year of an eventing rider, after Australians Olivia Inglis and Caitlyn Fischer, and US-based British rider Philippa Humphries.

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