List of horse accidents

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This is a list of people and fictional characters who had severe injuries, or died from accidents related to horses. Some of the listed accidents had important political and historical consequences, which are given when relevant.


  • Holbrook Blinn (1872-1928), Broadway stage star & silent screen actor, died from injuries in an accident on the grounds of his estate.
  • Maureen Connolly (1934-1969), tennis star, career ended in 1954 by injuries suffered in a collision between her horse and a truck
  • Roy Kinnear (1934-1988), British character actor, bled to death due to a broken pelvis sustained in a fall from a horse.
  • Cole Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) American composer and songwriter. In a 1937 riding accident his legs were crushed leaving him in chronic pain, largely crippled. (According to a biography by William McBrien and oral history by Brendan Gill.) His right leg was amputated in 1958 as a result of the injury.
  • Christopher Reeve (1952-2004), actor, paralyzed on May 27, 1995 from the neck down following a fall from his horse while riding cross-country in a 3-day event.

Historical figures[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • John Andrew Last is fatally kicked by a horse; his death precipitates his parents' divorce in Evelyn Waugh's satirical novel "A Handful of Dust"
  • Bentley Drummle is mentioned as having died in a horse-related accident in "Great Expectations"
  • Bonnie Blue Butler, daughter of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind. Like her maternal grandfather, Gerald O'Hara, she died after her accident.
  • Gerald O'Hara, father of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. He died while chasing away Mr. Wilkerson and Emmy Slattery when a horse jumped over a fence which broke afterwards.
  • King Théoden of Rohan, in The Lord of the Rings. Crushed by his dying horse Snowmane after being struck by the Lord of the Nazgûl during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Died from wounds shortly after.
  • Drew Kirk, was killed after being thrown from a horse in Neighbours.
  • Lucius Vladescu, after Hells Belle bucks in the 4-H competition in (Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Darkside) by Beth Fantaskey.
  • [Disputed] Patrick Delgado, father of Susan Delgado in Steven King's "Wizard and Glass," the fourth book in the "Dark Tower" series. Susan believes her father died when a snake surprised his horse, Seafoam, causing it to rear back and crush Pat. She later finds that her father was murdered.
  • Bryan Patrick, son of Barry dies several days after a horse riding accident in Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon.
  • In Raymond Chandler's novel 'The Long Goodbye', Police Captain Gregorius was, after his retirement from the Force, kicked to death by a stallion on his ranch in Wyoming.

Horse racing[edit]

  • Daniel Baker, 23, died from head injuries after his horse fell in a race at Grafton, New South Wales on 2 December 2007.
  • Joe Blanks, 24, died from head injuries on 15 July 1981 after a fall at Brighton Racecourse eight days earlier.
  • Charles W. Boland, Canadian jockey, thrown from his horse.
  • Hughie Cairns, 40, a jockey who died on 27 July 1929 in a fall at Moonee Valley, VIC.[1]
  • Philip Cheng, Hong Kong jockey, fell from horse and was trampled to death.
  • Tom Clayton, Australian jockey, died from injuries sustained in a 12 horse fall.
  • Sean Cleary, 22, Irish jockey, died from head injuries on 2 November 2003 after a fall at Galway Raceourse seven days earlier.
  • Thomas Corrigan, fell to his death while riding 'Waiter' in the Grand National Steeplechase at Caulfield, Victoria on 13 August 1894.
  • Amado Credidio, 24, Panamanian jockey, died when his mount Spartan Monk clipped heels with another horse in a race at Aqueduct on March 29, 1982. He fell into the path of oncoming horses which could not avoid him.[2]
  • Richard Davis, British jockey, died from injuries sustained in a fall at Southwell Racecourse in 1996.
  • Earl Dew, 19, American jockey, 1940 national champion. Died from head injuries caused from a spill in the 6th race on 2 February 1941. It was Earl Dew day at Agua Caliente Racetrack.
  • Avelino Gomez, Cuban-born jockey based in Canada, died from injuries sustained in a fall in the Canadian Oaks at Woodbine Racetrack in June 1980.
  • Tom Halliday, 20, British jockey, died from injuries sustained in a fall at Market Rasen Racecourse in July 2005.
  • Billy Haughton, Harness racing driver, died from injuries sustained in a crash at Yonkers Raceway.
  • Frank Hayes, American jockey, died from a heart attack while riding his horse Sweet Kiss to victory at Belmont Park.
  • Willy Kan, Hong Kong jockey, fell from horse and was trampled to death.
  • Cecil "Skeeter" Kelly, killed in a race fall at Glen Innes, New South Wales.
  • Kieran Kelly, Irish jockey, died from injuries caused by a fall at Kilbeggan racecourse, 2003.
  • Adrian Ledger, 25, was killed when his horse, Daring Movement, fell near the home turn at the Corowa, NSW races.
  • Charles John Lewis (1867-1895), was thrown onto his head and lacerated his brain during a steeplechase at Caulfield, Victoria.
  • Gavin Lisk, 23, died of head injuries he suffered in a fall at the Moe races in 2005.
  • Manny Mercer, died in 1959 after being kicked in the head after a fall at Ascot Racecourse.
  • Donald Nicholson, killed in the 1885 Caulfield Cup fall, when 17 of the 44 runners fell.[3]
  • Ray Oliver, killed in a fall at Kalgoorlie Western Australia.
  • Jason Oliver, killed in a fall at Ascot Racecourse, Western Australia when horse broke both front legs.
  • Álvaro Pineda, Mexican jockey, died in 1975 through a blow to the head in the starting gates; brother of Roberto Pineda.
  • Roberto Pineda, Mexican jockey, died in 1978; brother of Alvaro Pineda.
  • Michael Rowland, American jockey, died from head injuries after falling from his horse.
  • Neville Sellwood, Australian Racing Hall of Fame jockey killed in 1962 at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, France.
  • Vince Tamborello, Harness racing driver, died in April 1981 from head injuries in race at Maywood Park, Maywood, Illinois
  • Brian Taylor, British jockey, died from injuries sustained after tumbling from his horse.
  • Sam Thompson, Jr., American jockey, died from injuries on December 25, 2008 five days after his mount collapsed at Los Alamitos Race Course.
  • Mike Venezia, American jockey, died after a race fall.
  • Mark Villa, American jockey, died in a race at Zia Park, Hobbs, New Mexico in 2010.
  • Jack Westrope, American jockey, died in 1958.
  • Steve Wood, 26, British jockey died from injuries sustained in a fall at Lingfield Park Racecourse, 6 May 1994.
  • George Woolf, Canadian jockey, concussion after a fall during a race at Santa Anita Park believed to have been caused by hypoglycemia. (Woolf was a Type 1 diabetic.)
  • Nathanaëlle Artu, French Jockey, died on her 22nd birthday on July 17, 2006 after a fall at 'Prix de l'Isle Briand' (Lion D'angers) the day before.[4]
  • Joshua Radosevich, American Jockey, 16, died at Beulah Park in Grove City, Ohio after a race fall.
  • Jockey J.C. Gonzalez of Mexico was killed at Fairplex Park in California on September 8, 1999 when his mount Wolfhunt broke down on the final turn of a 1 1/16 mile race.
  • Capt. Geoffrey Harbord “Tuppey” Bennett died 17 days after a fall from head injuries when falling from Ardeen in the Otley Handicap Chase at Wolverhampton on 27th December,1923.
  • Richard Herman Zylman, American jockey, died after sustaining injuries in a fall during a race in Maryland in August 1929.

Jousting and Tournaments[edit]



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