One of the country’s top event riders has died while competing at an international eventing tournament in the United Kingdom.
Thirty-year-old Jordan McDonald — a native of British Columbia — was killed in a fall at Nunney British Eventing Event in Somerset Saturday afternoon.
McDonald was riding “Only Me,” a seven-year-old gelding. The animal was not injured.
Equine Canada says McDonald was born in British Columiba, but resided in Oakville, Ontario. At the time of accident, he was based in Great Britain with his wife Shandiss.
British Eventing issued a statement saying they extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of McDonald.
Another rider died at an event in Germany on the same day.
“Yesterday was an extremely sad day for so many in the Eventing community; the loss of these two young men is nothing less than tragic and words cannot begin to express how difficult this time will be for everyone connected to both riders as well as the those people involved with the Events themselves,” says the statement.
Graeme Thom, Chair of Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee, has also issued a statement.
“The entire Canadian Eventing community is devastated by this tragic event. I have known Jordan as a great friend for over a dozen years and also as a member of our national team program. My heart goes out to Shandiss, his lovely wife, and deepest love to his fantastic parents, caring siblings and all relations. I extend my sincerest condolences and equally those of our entire Canadian eventing family.”