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Aug 19, 2013 12:46 PM by Associated Press

New Zealand horse rider dies in England event

CONGLETON, England (AP) - A New Zealand equestrian rider has died after falling during a competition in England.

British Eventing says Tom Gadsby was fatally injured Sunday at the Somerford Park International Horse Trials. He was 26.

He was competing in the cross-country section of the three-day endurance event when his mount fell while jumping a fence. The 7-year-old gelding was not injured.

British Eventing chief executive Mike Etherington-Smith says "the world of eventing is a closely knit community and everyone will be shocked and deeply saddened."

Equestrian Sports New Zealand chief executive Jim Ellis says Gadsby was in Europe to "fulfill his dream of competing as a professional event rider - a dream he achieved but which has been tragically cut short."

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