Event rider dies after cross-country fall

September 14, 2010

British event rider Robin Donaldson has died in hospital following injuries sustained 19 days earlier in a fall on the cross-country phase of the Beckwithshaw Horse Trials.

Donaldson, 64, died on September 9. He had broken two vertebrae in his neck at the event in Harrowgate after falling from his mare Matilda Cruz in a BE100 class on the weekend of August 21.

Reports indicate the mare straddled a fence and Donaldson fell over her neck and landed on his head.

Donaldson, from Little Ribston near Wetherby, had been sedated in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

Matilda Cruz, a seven-year-old by Parthian Springs, had been ridden to several placings by Donaldson since their first official event in May 2009.

An inquest will be held by the Leeds Coroner's office.