South Africa’s Western Cape equestrian community is in shock and mourning following the death of showjumper and eventing rider Melissa Tratschler.
The young rider died after a rotational fall during a lesson on Friday, October 16.
Her passing was announced by Western Cape Showjumping.
Tratschler worked as a wedding coordinator for Aliet Weddings in Somerset West, a town in the Western Cape.
A memorial service to celebrate Tratschler’s life is being held today at the Stellenbosch District Riding Club at 6pm.