Amateur jumper rider Anne Heyman died after a fall while competing at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., on the afternoon of Jan. 31. A statement from the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.: “We are very sad to report that a rider fell from her horse today at our facility. EMTs attended to her immediately, and she was transported via TraumaHawk to Delray Medical Center where she passed away.”
Heyman suffered a fatal cardiac arrest during emergency surgery to address injuries from her fall.
Heyman, 52 and of New York City, was a lawyer and philanthropist. She leaves behind a husband, Seth Merrin, and three children. Heyman and Merrin founded a youth village, Agahozo Shalom, in Rwanda to educate orphans of the country’s genocide.
Read more about Heyman in an article by the Palm Beach Post.
A Rwandan newspaper, The New Times, ran an article about Heyman’s impact on the children of Rwanda.