List of horse accidents


List of horse accidents

This is a list of people and fictional characters who had severe injuries, or died from accidents related with horses. Some of the listed accidents had important political and historical consequences, which are given when relevant.

Celebrities

*Roy Kinnear (1934-1988), British character actor, bled to death due to a broken pelvis sustained by a horse fall
*Christopher Reeve (1952-2004), actor, paralyzed in 1995 from the neck down following a fall from his horse while riding cross-country in a 3-day event.
*Maureen Connolly (1934-1969), tennis star, career ended in 1954 by injuries suffered in a collision between her horse and a truck

Historical figures

* Afonso I, king of Portugal (1109-1185), was severely injured in a fall from a horse in 1167 during a battle; he was captured and as ransom, Portugal had to surrender to Castile all conquests made in Galicia in the previous years; they were never again recovered.
*Prince Afonso of Portugal (b. 1475) died in 1491 during a ride near the Tagus river. At the time of his accidental death, Afonso was the heir of Portugal and, through his wife, in line to Castile and Aragon.
* Alexander III, King of Scotland d. 1286, when he and his horse went off the road in the dark, and fell over a cliff; the long term outcome was increased English influence and the First Scottish War of Independence and the immediate result was a regency because heirs were underage and unborn.
* Al-Aziz - sultan of Egypt, died 1198
* Cambyses II, Persian king - died accidentally in 521 BC, according to Herodotus
* Brian Faulkner, former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
* Eadgils, semi-legendary king of Sweden, split his skull when his horse stumbled and fell.
* Emily Davison, English suffragette, was trampled to death by the King's horse at the Derby in 1913.
* Enguerrand III, Lord of Coucy (c. 1182 – 1242), fell from his horse onto his sword and died.
* Francis II, Duke of Brittany ? d. September 9 1488 from a horse riding accident; the long term result was the annexation of Brittany by France, since his heiress, daughter Anne of Brittany was forced into marriage with French King.
* Fulk of Jerusalem - fell from horse while hunting in 1143. His wooden saddle fell after him, striking him on the head, causing fatal injuries.
* Geoffrey Plantagenet, Duke of Brittany and son of Henry II of England, d. August 19 1186 trampled to death by his horse during a tournament; with his death, Plantagenet rule of Brittany was weakened (son Arthur was underage and in future imprisoned by uncle John I of England) - finally decades later, the duchy is passed by Philip II of France to the House of Dreux, descendants of Geoffrey's widow's other marriage.
* Genghis Khan - d. 1227 from injuries resulting from a fall from a horse
* John of Ibelin, the Old Lord of Beirut - d. 1236 after his horse fell on him and crushed him
* Isabella of Aragon, wife of king Philip III of France - d. 1271 at 24 from a fall
* John I of Castile d. October 9, 1390, while riding in a fantasia with some of the light horsemen known as the "farfanes"
* Leopold V of Austria, died December 31, 1194 after falling from his horse at a tournament in Graz.
* Louis II of Hungary - died at the Battle of Mohács in 1526 after falling from his horse.
* Louis IV of France (920-954), king of France, died after falling from his horse.
*Maria Malibran, opera singer, died 1836 after falling from her horse during a hunt
* Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert Bruce and sister of David II of Scotland ? d. March 2 1316 after a fall from a horse caused premature labour; her son survived to be king Robert II of Scotland
* Mary of Valois, Duchess of Burgundy ? d. 1482 from a horse riding accident; after her death, the Burgundy estates (of which she herself had lost Picardy and duchy of Burgundy) formed a part of Habsburg domains
*Najm ad-Din Ayyub, father of Saladin, died on August 9, 1173 after falling from his horse
*Nero Claudius Drusus (in 9 BC), brother of emperor Tiberius and general in Germania Inferior
* Philip Capet, heir of king Louis VI of France ? d. 1131, from a fall from a horse
* Philip of Burgundy, count of Auvergne and heir of Duke Eudes IV of Burgundy - d.1346, from a kick of a farmer's horse; his widow married the king of France, and the succession went to his underage son Philip I of Burgundy who in turn died before begetting children, thus in the end the duchy was taken over by the Valois (Philip II, Duke of Burgundy)
* Pope Urban VI - died 1389 from injuries sustained after falling from a mule.
* Stefan Dragutin, Serbian king, in 1282 broke leg after falling from horse, became limp and so had to give throne to Stefan Milutin; this later provoked a war between Milutin and Dragutin's son Vladislav.
* Theodosius II - Roman emperor, died 450
* Theophylactus of Constantinople - Patriarch of Constantinople, died 956
* Walter de Merton, Lord Chancellor of England - died 1277
* William the Conqueror died aged 60 at the Convent of St. Gervais, near Rouen, France, on 9 September, 1087 from abdominal injuries received from his saddle pommel when he fell off a horse at the Siege of Mantes.
* William III of England died in 1702 from injuries received after his horse tripped on a molehill.
* Frederick I Barbarossa died in 1190 while crossing the Saleph River in Cilicia, south-eastern Anatolia. It is thought that he was thrown from his horse into the cold water and had a fatal heart attack as a result.

Fictional characters

* Bonnie Blue Butler, daughter of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler in "Gone with the Wind"
* Gerald O'Hara, father of Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind"
*King Théoden of Rohan, in "The Lord of the Rings". Crushed by his dying horse Snowmane after being struck by the Lord of the Nazgûl during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Died from wounds shortly after.
* Drew Kirk, was killed after being thrown from a horse in "Neighbours".
*Darcy Farrow, central character in a bluegrass song by the same name
*Judith, friend of Grace in the Horse Whisperer. Killed, along with her horse when a truck jacknifes.

Horseracing

* Daniel Baker, 23, died from head injuries after his horse fell in a race at Grafton, New South Wales on 2 December 2007.
* Charles W. Boland, Canadian jockey, thrown from his horse.
* Hughie Cairns, 40, a jockey who died in the 1920s in a fall at Moonee Valley, VIC.
* Philip Cheng, Hong Kong jockey, fell from horse and was trampled to death.
* Tom Clayton, Australian jockey, died from injuries sustained in a 12 horse fall.
* Thomas Corrigan, fell to his death while riding 'Waiter' in the Grand National Steeplechase at Caulfield, Victoria on 13 August 1894.
*Earl Dew, 19, American jockey, 1940 national champion. Died from head injuries caused from a spill in the 6th race on 2 February 1941, it was Earl Dew day at Agua Caliente Racetrack.
* Frank Hayes, American jockey, died from a heart attack while riding his horse Sweet Kiss to victory at Belmont Park.
* Willy Kan, Hong Kong jockey, fell from horse and was trampled to death.
* Cecil "Skeeter" Kelly, killed in a race fall at Glen Innes, New South Wales.
* Adrian Ledger, 25, was killed when his horse, Daring Movement, fell near the home turn at the Corowa, NSW races.
* Charles John Lewis (1867-1895), was thrown onto his head and lacerated his brain during a steeplechase at Caulfield, Victoria.
* Gavin Lisk, 23, died of head injuries he suffered in a fall at the Moe races in 2005.
* Donald Nicholson, killed in the 1885 Caulfield Cup fall, when 16 of the 44 runners fell.
* Ray Oliver killed in fall at Kalgoorlie Western Australia.
* Jason Oliver killed in a fall at Ascot Racecourse, Western Australia when horse broke both front legs.
* Philippe Paquet, French jockey, fell during a training session.
* Alvaro Pineda, Mexican jockey, died in 1975 through a blow to the head in the starting gates; brother of Roberto Pineda.
* Roberto Pineda, Mexican jockey, died in 1978; brother of Alvaro Pineda.
* Michael Rowland, American jockey, died from head injuries after falling from his horse.
* Neville Sellwood, killed in 1962 at Maison Lafitte, France.
* Brian Taylor, British jockey, died from injuries sustained after tumbling from his horse
* Mike Venezia, American jockey, killed after fall during race
* Jack Westrope, American jockey, died in 1958
* George Woolf, Canadian jockey, concussion after a fall during a race at Santa Anita Park believed to have been caused by hypoglycemia (Woolf was a Type 1 diabetic)

Others

* Charles Fairfax
* Peggy Ingles fell on September 1, 2004 and broke her neck.
* Frederic Brooks Dugdale
*Paul Clarkin - died from a fall during a polo match, "playing a blinder"
* Edward Hempstead - thrown and died six days later.
* Billy Pearson
* Kenneth Pinyan - died in July 2005 after engaging in anal sex with a horse
* Kim Hyung-chil - died in Dec 2006 while attending the equestrian race in 2006 Asian Games
* Gabriel Donoso - died from a fall during a polo match
* Ellen Church

References

http://www.australianjockeys.org/memorial.htm


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