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 and silent screen actor, died from injuries in an accident on the grounds of his estate.
  • Cole Porter (1891–1964) 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.
  • Maureen Connolly (1934–1969), tennis star, career ended in 1954 by injuries suffered in a collision between her horse and a truck.
  • Malcolm Baldrige Jr. (1922–1987), American politician and United States Secretary of Commerce from 1981 until his death in 1987, from internal injuries sustained in a rodeo accident, when the horse he was riding fell on him during a calf-roping competition.
  • Roy Kinnear (1934–1988), British character actor, bled to death due to a broken pelvis sustained in a fall from a horse.
  • 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.
  • Kazu Makino (b. 1969), a rock singer, suffered an accident falling from a horse in 2002; the horse trampled her jaw and crushed her facial bones, which required massive reconstructive surgery.

Historical figures[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

  • Charles W. Boland, Canadian jockey, thrown from his horse.
  • Hughie Cairns, 40, Australian jockey who died on 27 July 1929 in a fall at Moonee Valley Racecourse.[1]
  • Philip Cheng, Hong Kong jockey, fell from horse and was trampled to death.
  • Tom Clayton, Australian jockey, died 1909 from injuries sustained in a 12 horse fall at Rosehill Racecourse.
  • Tom Corrigan, Australian steeplechase jockey, died 1894 after a fall at Caulfield Racecourse.
  • 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]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kieran Kelly, Irish jockey, died from injuries caused by a fall at Kilbeggan racecourse, 2003.
  • 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 Belmont when his horse broke a front leg.
  • 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.
  • Thomas Sandy, 18, had just piloted a horse named Silver Grain to victory at Ogden, Utah, in September 1909, when he was thrown from the horse, suffering a fractured skull.[4]
  • Neville Sellwood, Australian Racing Hall of Fame jockey killed in 1962 at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, France.
  • Brian Taylor, British jockey, died from injuries sustained after tumbling from his horse.
  • Mike Venezia, American jockey, died after a race fall.
  • Jack Westrope, American jockey, died in 1958.
  • 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.[5]
  • Karl Umrigar, Indian jockey, died in 1979.
  • Juglall Nooresh, Mauritian jockey. Died in May 2021 from horse fall.
  • Marina Morel, French apprentice jockey based in Australia died in February 2022 from a fall from her horse.

Jousting and tournaments[edit]


Fictional characters[edit]


  1. ^ "Leading jockey killed in hurdle race". The Canberra Times. July 29, 1929. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "The life and death of a young jockey". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. New York Times News Service. 12 April 1982. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  3. ^ "Three horses fall. In Doncaster Handicap. Durwood destroyed". The Sydney Morning Herald. Google News (Digitized Newspapers). 21 April 1930. p. 9 column 7. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Jockey Sandy is Killed at Ogden". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  5. ^ "Blog de nat-une-etoile - la meilleure jockeytte... -". 2007-06-17. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  6. ^ "Canadian showjumper dies after riding accident". Retrieved 7 November 2017.