ⓘ List of horse accidents. This is a list of people and fictional characters who had severe injuries, or died from accidents related to horses. Some of the listed ..

                                     

ⓘ List of horse accidents

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.

                                     

1. Celebrities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Holbrook Blinn 1872–1928, Broadway stage star and silent screen actor, died from injuries in an accident on the grounds of his estate.
  • Roy Kinnear 1934–1988, British character actor, bled to death due to a broken pelvis sustained in a fall from a horse.
  • Maureen Connolly 1934–1969, tennis star, career ended in 1954 by injuries suffered in a collision between her horse and a truck.
  • Malcolm Baldrige 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.
                                     

2. Historical figures

  • Philip of France 1116–1131, heir of king Louis VI of France? d. 1131, from a fall from a horse
  • Frederick Augustus II of Saxony died in 1854, while on a journey in Brennbuchel, Karrosten, Tyrol, when he fell in front of a horse that stepped on his head
  • Afonso, Prince of Portugal b. 1475 died in 1491 during a ride near the Tagus river.
  • Theodosius II - Roman emperor, died 450
  • John I of Castile d. 9 October 1390, while riding in a fantasia with some of the light horsemen known as the farfanes
  • Francis II, Duke of Brittany? d. 9 September 1488 from a horse riding accident.
  • Al-Aziz Uthman - sultan of Egypt, died 1198
  • Geronimo 1829 – 1909, prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache who fought against Mexico and Texas for several decades during the Apache Wars. Geronimo was thrown from his horse while riding home and lay in the cold all night, contracting pneumonia, from which he died.
  • William III of England died in 1702 from injuries received after his horse tripped on a molehill.
  • Bonnie McCarroll 1897-1929 Bronc Rider died after falling from her horse
  • Geoffrey Plantagenet, Duke of Brittany and son of Henry II of England, d. 19 August 1186 trampled to death by his horse during a tournament; with his death, Plantagenet rule of Brittany was weakened son Arthur and daughter Eleanor were underage and in future imprisoned by uncle John I of England - finally decades later, the duchy is passed by Philip II of France to the House of Dreux, descendants of Geoffreys widows other marriage.
  • Louis IV of France 920-954, king of France, died after falling from his horse while hunting a wolf.
  • Louis II of Hungary - died at the Battle of Mohacs in 1526 after falling from his horse.
  • Saborios, Byzantine general and rebel - d. 678 when his horse bolted, slamming his head on a city gate and killing him.
  • Leopold V of Austria, died 31 December 1194 after falling from his horse at a tournament in Graz.
  • Louis V of France, king of France, died 987 after falling from a horse during a hunt.
  • Philip of Burgundy, count of Auvergne and heir of Duke Eudes IV of Burgundy - d.1346, from a kick of a farmers horse; his widow married the king of France, and the succession went to his underage son Philip I of Burgundy.
  • Robert Peel - was thrown from his horse while riding up Constitution Hill in London on 29 June 1850. The horse stumbled on top of him and he died three days later on 2 July at the age of 62 due to a clavicular fracture rupturing his subclavian vessels.
  • Theophylactus of Constantinople - Patriarch of Constantinople, died 956
  • Genghis Khan - d. 1227 from injuries resulting from a fall from a horse.
  • Emily Davison, English suffragette, threw herself in front of the Kings horse at the Derby in 1913 and was trampled to death.
  • Theodoric Strabo, died in 381 after falling from his horse over a spears rack. His death allowed Theoderic to assume uncontested supreme command and unify the Ostrogoths into a force that conquered Italy after the Fall of the Roman Empire.
  • Fulk of Jerusalem - fell from horse while hunting in 1143. His wooden saddle fell after him, striking him on the head, causing fatal injuries.
  • William the Conqueror died aged 60 at the Convent of St. Gervais, near Rouen, France, on 9 September 1087 from abdominal injuries received from his saddle pommel when he fell off a horse at the Siege of Mantes.
  • Pope Urban VI - died 1389 from injuries sustained after falling from a mule.
  • Cambyses II, Persian king - died accidentally in 521 BC, according to Herodotus
  • Walter de Merton, Lord Chancellor of England - died 1277
  • Mary, Queen of Hungary, died childless but heavily pregnant on 17 May 1395 when her horse tripped, threw her and landed on top of her
  • Najm ad-Din Ayyub, father of Saladin, died on 9 August 1173 after falling from his horse
  • Frederick I Barbarossa died in 1190 while crossing the Saleph River in Cilicia, south-eastern Anatolia. It is thought that he was thrown from his horse into the cold water and had a fatal heart attack as a result.
  • Louis III of France 879–882, king of West Francia, died from a skull fracture after falling from a horse while chasing a girl.
  • Eadgils, semi-legendary king of Sweden, split his skull when his horse stumbled and fell.
  • Maria Malibran, opera singer, died 1836 after falling from her horse during a hunt
  • Mary, Duchess of Burgundy? d. 1482 from a horse riding accident; after her death, the Burgundy estates of which she herself had lost Picardy and duchy of Burgundy formed a part of Habsburg domains
  • King Afonso I of Portugal 1109-1185, was severely injured in a fall from a horse in 1167 during a battle; he was captured and as ransom, Portugal had to surrender to Castile all conquests made in Galicia in the previous years; they were never again recovered.
  • Roderick, king of the Visigoths. Died in 712 when he drowned after falling from his horse while attempting to escape through a river, after defeat against the Moors that conquered then the rest of Hispania. Although his body was never found, his horse was recovered, and a boot tangled in the stirrup.
  • Stefan Dragutin, Serbian king, in 1282 broke leg after falling from horse, became lame and so had to give throne to Stefan Milutin; this later provoked a war between Milutin and Dragutins son Vladislav.
  • Marjorie Bruce, daughter of Robert the Bruce and half-sister of David II of Scotland d. 2 March 1316 after a fall from a horse caused premature labour; her baby survived to become King Robert II of Scotland
  • According to this legend, romanticized by Alexander Pushkin in his celebrated ballad "The Song of the Wise Oleg", it was prophesied by the pagan priests that Oleg of Novgorod? - 912 would take death from his stallion. Proud of his own foretelling abilities, he sent the horse away. Many years later he asked where his horse was, and was told it had died. He asked to see the remains and was taken to the place where the bones lay. When he touched the horses skull with his boot a snake slithered from the skull and bit him. Oleg died, thus fulfilling the prophecy.
  • Brian Faulkner, former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
  • Isabella of Aragon, wife of king Philip III of France - d. 1271 at 24 from a fall
  • King Alexander III of Scotland, d. 1286, when he and his horse went off the road in the dark, and fell over a cliff; the long term outcome was increased English influence and the First Scottish War of Independence and the immediate result was a regency because heirs were underage or unborn.
  • Nero Claudius Drusus in 9 BC, general in Germania Inferior, brother of Emperor Tiberius and father of Emperor Claudius
  • John of Ibelin, the Old Lord of Beirut - d. 1236 after his horse fell on him and crushed him
  • Minamoto no Yoritomo,
  • Seleucus II, ruler of the Seleucid Empire, died in December of 225 BC by falling from his horse.
  • Enguerrand III, Lord of Coucy c. 1182 – 1242, fell from his horse onto his sword and died.
                                     

3. Fictional characters

  • Bentley Drummle is mentioned as having died in a horse-related accident in Great Expectations
  • Gerald OHara, father of Scarlett OHara in Gone with the Wind. He died when he fell off his horse over a jump.
  • Bonnie Blue Butler, daughter of Scarlett OHara and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind. Like her maternal grandfather, Gerald OHara, she died after she fell off her pony after jumping a small crossrail.
  • George Gordon, only son of Squire Gordon, in Black Beauty. His neck was broken in a fall during a hunt.
  • Drew Kirk was killed after being thrown from a horse in Neighbours.
  • John Andrew Last is fatally kicked by a horse; his death precipitates his parents divorce in Evelyn Waughs satirical novel A Handful of Dust
  • Bryan Patrick, son of Barry, dies several days after a horse riding accident in Stanley Kubricks Barry Lyndon.
  • King Theoden 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.
  • Robert Jordan is incapacitated after his horse crushes his leg by falling on it in For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.
  • Archibald Whitman, father of Dick Whitman later Don Draper in Mad Men, died when kicked in the face by a horse.


                                     

4. Horse racing

  • Karl Umrigar, Indian jockey, died in 1979.
  • Brian Taylor, British jockey, died from injuries sustained after tumbling from his horse.
  • Charles W. Boland, Canadian jockey, thrown from his horse.
  • 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.
  • Philip Cheng, Hong Kong jockey, fell from horse and was trampled to death.
  • Donald Nicholson, killed in the 1885 Caulfield Cup fall, when 17 of the 44 runners fell.
  • 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.
  • Manny Mercer, died in 1959 after being kicked in the head after a fall at Ascot Racecourse.
  • Kieran Kelly, Irish jockey, died from injuries caused by a fall at Kilbeggan racecourse, 2003.
  • Neville Sellwood, Australian Racing Hall of Fame jockey killed in 1962 at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, France.
  • Ray Oliver, killed in a fall at Kalgoorlie Western Australia.
  • Tom Clayton, Australian jockey, died 1909 from injuries sustained in a 12 horse fall at Rosehill Racecourse.
  • Hughie Cairns, 40, Australian jockey who died on 27 July 1929 in a fall at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
  • Mike Venezia, American jockey, died after a race fall.
  • Michael Rowland, American jockey, died from head injuries after falling from his horse.
  • Jason Oliver, killed in a fall at Belmont when his horse broke a front leg.
  • Jack Westrope, American jockey, died in 1958.
  • Willy Kan, Hong Kong jockey, fell from horse and was trampled to death.
  • Roberto Pineda, Mexican jockey, died in 1978; brother of Alvaro Pineda.
  • 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.
  • Alvaro Pineda, Mexican jockey, died in 1975 through a blow to the head in the starting gates; brother of Roberto Pineda.
  • Nathanaelle Artu, French Jockey, died on her 22nd birthday on July 17, 2006 after a fall at Prix de lIsle Briand Lion dAngers the day before.
  • Frank Hayes, American jockey, died from a heart attack while riding his horse Sweet Kiss to victory at Belmont Park.
  • Tom Corrigan, Australian steeplechase jockey, died 1894 after a fall at Caulfield Racecourse.
  • Billy Haughton, Harness racing driver, died from injuries sustained in a crash at Yonkers Raceway.
                                     

5. Jousting and Tournaments

  • Henry II of France d. 1559 - died from lance wound; his death was a factor in the end of jousting as a sport
  • John Dunbar, Earl of Moray d. 1390 a Scottish nobleman.
                                     

6. Others

  • Bryan Anderson 1969 – 2013, a showjumper, Canadian Equestrian Team
  • Paul Clarkin - died from a fall during a polo match, "playing a blinder"
  • Edward Hempstead 1780 – 1817, an American lawyer - thrown and died six days later
  • Kenneth Pinyan - died in July 2005 after engaging in anal sex with a horse
  • Charles Fairfax
  • Kim Hyung-chil - died in Dec 2006 while competing in the cross-country part of the three-day event in the 2006 Asian Games
  • Erica Marshall - In 2012, Dr. Marshall died in explosion of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber when the horse that was being treated caused a spark with his metal horseshoe
  • Alvares de Azevedo 1831 – 1852, a Brazilian Romantic poet
  • Frederic Brooks Dugdale 1877 – 1902, an English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Billy Pearson 1920 – 2002, an American jockey
  • Carlos Gracida - thrown and crushed by horse during a polo match in 2014
  • Gabriel Donoso 1960 – 2006, a Chilean polo player - died from a fall during a polo match
  • Ellen Church 1904 – 1965, the first female flight attendant


                                     
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