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June 14, 2014

Benjamin Winter Suffers Fatal Fall At Luhmühlen CCI****

Benjamin Winter on Wild Thing Z in the Luhmühlen dressage. Photo by Shannon Brinkman
Luhmühlen, Germany—June 14  It is with deep sadness that we report of Benjamin Winter's death. A German rider, Winter suffered a rotational fall at fence 20 at the Luhmühlen CCI****, incurred severe head injuries and died of his injuries. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family.Winter, 25, had been in 14th place after the dressage with Ispo, the horse he fell with. Ispo was uninjured in the fall. He had succesfully completed the course with his other horse, Wild Thing Z."On behalf of the whole sport, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Benjamin’s family," read a statement from the Luhmühlen organizers. "At every FEI event, the maximum consideration is given to the safety and welfare of horses and competitors. The causes of this accident will be further investigated by all parties.”Winter had won the Luhmühlen CIC** on Ispo in April and been 18th individually at the 2013 European Championships in Malmo, Sweden. A horse also died on the cross-country; Liberal collapsed of a suspected aortic rupture after the seventh fence. Liberal, a 16-year-old gelding, was ridden by British rider Tom Crisp.
 
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