Tom Gadsby was an event rider from 3 hours outside Auckland in New Zealand and was involved in a tragic horse riding incident that resulted in his death. He was an experienced rider and at 26 years old was in competition with Olympic riders when he was participating in a cross-country event at Somerford Park in Cheshire. When approaching a fence he was thrown off the horse he was riding The Drover which instantly caused alarm. The paramedics arrived immediately – however, unfortunately there was nothing they could do to save Tom. Any other trials that had been scheduled at this events location were paused after the rider died.

This horrific event occurred on Sunday just before 2.20pm and Mike Etheringon Smith who is the Chief Executive of British Eventing expressed his condolences to Tom’s family letting them know that his “thoughts and prayers are with them” and that he was thinking about them during this awful time. It’s also been stated that the death is to be investigated. The paramedics that were at the scene – pronounced him dead almost instantly and the Ambulance Service stated that the cause of death was a cardiac arrest. By no means was Tom inexperienced – in fact he had been taking part in Grand Prix events and hoped to be part of the New Zealand Olympics team for Eventing – so he had high hopes and aspirations for his career. The Police were called to the incident and reported:

“At 3pm today, police were called to an incident at an equestrian event in the area of Somerford, Congleton, to a report of a rider having fallen from his horse.
‘Sadly, it was confirmed that a 26-year-old male had been pronounced dead at the scene… in what appears to be a tragic accident

Friends and fellow sports men and women took to social media channels to share their thoughts and views on the incident and to celebrate the life of Tom. Among the people who “tweeted” were Ginny Howe who is a fellow event rider, Charlotte Tyson and his Equestrian competitor Aoife Clark. Lisa Green who is another of Tom’s colleagues wrote on Twitter:

‘Still in utter shock to hear the tragic news at Somerford Park. A very special guy with a huge heart. You will be sorely missed.

Clare Balding who is a TV presenter stated that this was “devastating news” and that it was “just awful”. You can tell by the flurry of condolences that Tom Gadsby was a very much liked in the Eventing world and will be missed by his colleagues and friends. It’s so sad to hear that such a talented man’s life has been cut so short and will never have the chance to fulfil all of his dreams. Let’s pay tribute to Tom and wish his family and friends well.