"The 60-year-old event rider had a rotational fall at fence five, a triple brush, while riding the 10-year-old gelding Arcilloso III in the CIC** competition. Bruno suffered fatal injuries as a result, but his horse was not hurt."
I always enjoyed watching him go. He had an enviable partnership with Harry -- they racked up numerous completions at Badminton and Burghley, although I don't think Harry ever had much respect for dressage.
This is such sad news. I was out all day and just now when I turned on my computer, I had that usual flash of dread that something might have gone wrong in eventing today. Saturdays, at least during the eventing season, are always like this for me, even though I love the sport. If only there was a way to keep everyone -- horses and humans -- safe.
clivers, there were two falls at RH today that required transport, don't know for sure if they were rotational or not, but reports sound as though both riders are ok (one already released from hospital, don't know status of the second).
Statement on fatal accident at CIC2* Barroca d'Alva (POR)
2 March 2013
It is with the deepest regret that we announce that Mr Bruno Bouvier (FRA) suffered a fatal accident at 15.30 today (2 March 2013) while competing at the CIC2* in Barroca d’Alva (POR). Mr Bouvier, aged 60, and the 10-year-old gelding Arcilloso III, had a rotational fall at fence 5, a triple brush, which resulted in fatal injuries to the rider. The horse was uninjured in the fall.
At every FEI event, the maximum consideration is given to the safety and welfare of riders and horses.
Event Director Mr Nicholas Melbourne Hart and President of the Ground Jury Mr José Miguel Mexia de Almeida expressed their profound regret. "On behalf of the whole sport, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Bruno Bouvier's family and to all his friends in the equestrian world.”
A police inquiry into the accident has been launched.
Barroca d'Alva spokesperson:
+ 44 7768356106