Tragic death of British eventer Philippa Humphreys
On Saturday 14th May 2016, 33-year-old, Philippa Humphreys of Rockford Michigan, sustained fatal injuries after a rotational fall at the CC13* Jersey Fresh International three day Event.
The fall occurred at fence 16, a table, whilst Philippa was competing on her own, 13-year-old, coloured gelding Rich’N’famous, who was uninjured after the incident. Philippa who originates from Chester, Cheshire and attended the university of Leeds, moved to the States in 2005, she had been riding since she was two-years-old and was a regular Eventing competitor as well as a United States Eventing federation ICP level two instructor. She sadly leaves behind her husband Peter Humphreys and their six month old daughter, Millie. A trust fund has been set up for Millie’s college fund in honour of her mum, which currently has a total of $25,908 donations from the eventing community.
A statement was released from the Jersey Fresh Three day event website: “It is with deep regret that we announce that rider #52, Philippa Humphreys, suffered fatal injuries in a fall at fence 16, the table, on the cross-country course of the CCI3* at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event. Humphreys, was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in nearby Hamilton, NJ, where she was pronounced dead by the attending physician.”. Dan Wunderlich, Chairman of the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event said “All of us connected with the Jersey Fresh International are deeply saddened by today’s tragic news and we extend our condolences to Philippa’s husband, Peter, and to her entire family,”.
Phillipa is the third competitor in three months to tragically lose her life as a result of a fall on the cross-country as she follows the devastating losses of two Australian riders Olivia Inglis, 17 and Caitlyn Fischer, 19. From all of us here at Everything Horse we send our deepest condolences to Philippas family and friends for their extremely sad loss.
This is the link to support Millie Humphrey’s college fund in honour of her mother: