Olympian Georgie Campbell dies age 37 following horror fall during an equestrian event, police issues statement

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By James Kay

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Update (28/05/2024):

Police have issued a statement following the death of Olympian Georgie Campbell, who tragically passed away at the age of 37 after a tragic incident during an equestrian event.

A statement from representatives from Devon and Cornwall Police read: "Police were called to reports about the death of a horse rider at Bicton Arena, East Budleigh, at around 3:50PM on Sunday 26 May.

"The woman was in her 30s and from Kent. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

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British Olympian Georgie Campbell has tragically died aged 37 after a horror fall during an equestrian event.

The accident occurred while Campbell and her horse, Global Quest, were competing in the CCI4*-S event at the Bicton International Horse Trials in Devon, as reported by BBC News.

They fell at a log into the water at fence 5b, known as the Symonds & Sampson Splash.

Medical professionals were immediately on the scene, but despite their efforts, Campbell could not be saved.


"Medical professionals attended immediately following her fall at fence 5b however, unfortunately, she could not be saved," read an official statement.

Global Quest was examined by on-site veterinarians and walked back to the stable uninjured.

"The horse, Global Quest, was assessed by the on-site vets and walked back to the stable and is uninjured. To respect the family's privacy at this extremely difficult and sad time, no further details will be shared," the statement continued.

The Bicton Horse Trials were held at the Bicton Arena in Devon from Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26.

Following the announcement of the accident, the CCI4*-S event was abandoned. A statement released earlier in the day had informed the public of the fall and an expected delay of approximately one hour.


Campbell, originally from Kent, was a highly respected rider who had been shortlisted for the British Junior Team and made her five-star debut in 2009. She also represented Team GB in several Nations Cup events, per the Daily Mail.

Campbell was introduced to riding at the age of two by her mother, Debbie, a former GB endurance rider.

Earlier this month, Campbell and Global Quest finished third in the CCI3*-S at Osberton International Horse Trials.

The 11-year-old horse had competed with Campbell for several years and moved to four-star level in 2022, winning the CCI4*-L at Lignieres in France that same year.

Throughout her career, Campbell competed in prestigious events such as the Badminton Horse Trials and Burghley Horse Trials.

Tributes have poured in for Campbell, with one person writing on X: "Such Tragic news from Bicton Horse Trials as Georgie Campbell from Kent dies in a fall. Georgie was a great rider and a great friend to many! Thoughts are with her family, friends and wider Eventing family."

The incident took place in Devon, UK. Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty

A second wrote: "This has shaken me. I didn’t know Georgie well, but I know her husband, Jesse. She was a bright wee thing and so talented.

"We know a sport with horses holds risks, but we never expect not to come home from a show."

A third added: "Horrendous news from Bicton Horse Trials today. Thinking of Georgie Campbell, her family, friends, connections and everyone involved in responding to the incident. So sad."

Our thoughts are with Campbell's loved ones during this time.

Featured image credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty

Olympian Georgie Campbell dies age 37 following horror fall during an equestrian event, police issues statement

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By James Kay

Article saved!Article saved!
Update (28/05/2024):

Police have issued a statement following the death of Olympian Georgie Campbell, who tragically passed away at the age of 37 after a tragic incident during an equestrian event.

A statement from representatives from Devon and Cornwall Police read: "Police were called to reports about the death of a horse rider at Bicton Arena, East Budleigh, at around 3:50PM on Sunday 26 May.

"The woman was in her 30s and from Kent. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

Original article below:

British Olympian Georgie Campbell has tragically died aged 37 after a horror fall during an equestrian event.

The accident occurred while Campbell and her horse, Global Quest, were competing in the CCI4*-S event at the Bicton International Horse Trials in Devon, as reported by BBC News.

They fell at a log into the water at fence 5b, known as the Symonds & Sampson Splash.

Medical professionals were immediately on the scene, but despite their efforts, Campbell could not be saved.


"Medical professionals attended immediately following her fall at fence 5b however, unfortunately, she could not be saved," read an official statement.

Global Quest was examined by on-site veterinarians and walked back to the stable uninjured.

"The horse, Global Quest, was assessed by the on-site vets and walked back to the stable and is uninjured. To respect the family's privacy at this extremely difficult and sad time, no further details will be shared," the statement continued.

The Bicton Horse Trials were held at the Bicton Arena in Devon from Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26.

Following the announcement of the accident, the CCI4*-S event was abandoned. A statement released earlier in the day had informed the public of the fall and an expected delay of approximately one hour.


Campbell, originally from Kent, was a highly respected rider who had been shortlisted for the British Junior Team and made her five-star debut in 2009. She also represented Team GB in several Nations Cup events, per the Daily Mail.

Campbell was introduced to riding at the age of two by her mother, Debbie, a former GB endurance rider.

Earlier this month, Campbell and Global Quest finished third in the CCI3*-S at Osberton International Horse Trials.

The 11-year-old horse had competed with Campbell for several years and moved to four-star level in 2022, winning the CCI4*-L at Lignieres in France that same year.

Throughout her career, Campbell competed in prestigious events such as the Badminton Horse Trials and Burghley Horse Trials.

Tributes have poured in for Campbell, with one person writing on X: "Such Tragic news from Bicton Horse Trials as Georgie Campbell from Kent dies in a fall. Georgie was a great rider and a great friend to many! Thoughts are with her family, friends and wider Eventing family."

The incident took place in Devon, UK. Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty

A second wrote: "This has shaken me. I didn’t know Georgie well, but I know her husband, Jesse. She was a bright wee thing and so talented.

"We know a sport with horses holds risks, but we never expect not to come home from a show."

A third added: "Horrendous news from Bicton Horse Trials today. Thinking of Georgie Campbell, her family, friends, connections and everyone involved in responding to the incident. So sad."

Our thoughts are with Campbell's loved ones during this time.

Featured image credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty