Caroline Pratt

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For the American social thinker and educator, see Caroline Pratt (educator).

Caroline Pratt (23 June 1962 – 4 September 2004) was a well-known rider in the equestrian discipline of three-day eventing.

Pratt was born in Lound, Nottinghamshire. She was one of the 14 elite performance riders in the British squad, but was killed in a rotational fall whilst competing at the Burghley Horse Trials near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, on 4 September 2004,[1][2] riding her second horse in the competition that day Primitive Streak.[3]

Competitive success[edit]

Pratt was placed 7th at the four star Burghley event in 2003 on Primitive Control, and had been long listed for both the Sydney and Athens Olympic squads, although was eventually not selected for either.[3]

Horses after death[edit]

On the day of her death, Pratt had already completed the course on first horse Call Again Cavalier,[4] who has gone on to be the Olympic mount of fellow eventer Mary King.[5]

Memorial trust[edit]

Following her death, her family set up a memorial trust granting bursaries to aspiring young eventers.[6]


  1. ^ Mott, Sue (2004-09-06). "Shadow falls on eventing". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  2. ^ "News Story - Caroline Pratt". Burgley Horse Trials. 4 September 2004. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Caroline Pratt - Obituary". London: The Independent. 2004-09-08. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Tragedy casts shadow over Burghley". Horse and Hound. 5 September 2004. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  5. ^ Smith, Alan (2008-08-11). "Mary King and three-day event team make good showing". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  6. ^ "Caroline Pratt memorial bursary". The Equestrian. 30 January 2007. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 2008-08-12.