What has been described as a freak accident at a competition in Florida has claimed the life of a promising young rider. The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), governing body of most equestrian sport in this country, released the following statement on May 1:
“It is with our deepest sympathy that the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announces that Hannah Serfass suffered a fatal accident April 30 while competing at the Fox Lea Farm Spring Concours I in Venice, Florida.
“Hannah, 15, was riding Quaxx 2, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, in an equitation class when the horse tripped and suffered a rotational fall. The fall was unrelated to a jumping effort. The EMT responded immediately, and Hannah was transported to Sarasota Memorial where she was pronounced dead. The horse was uninjured in the accident.
“Hannah, from Webster, Florida, was a very talented up-and-coming young rider who trained with Robin Swinderman. She was known for her passion for horses, her natural ability and her work ethic.
“The USEF, USHJA and Fox Lea Farm team wish to extend our deepest condolences to Hannah’s family, support team, and friends. The Federation takes every accident very seriously and will be reviewing the accident thoroughly to learn what we can do to minimize risk and increase safety in equestrian sport.”
Although details about the accident continue to emerge on social media and in various news outlets, Fox Lea Farm issued the following statement April 30 on its Facebook page: “Fox Lea Farm had a tragedy occur today. Out of respect to the family, no information will be shared at this time. We send our sincere condolences to the family, trainer, friends and the whole equestrian community. We are all heartbroken.”
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