Natasha Galpin, a 22-year-old exercise rider in Great Britain, died following a fall Tuesday morning. According to The Irish Sun, Galpin was galloping a horse at the Scottish base of trainer Iain Jardine when it collapsed. Additional reports indicate Galpin was rushed to a nearby hospital but ultimately succumbed to her injuries. Law enforcement is investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Jardine issued a statement Tuesday indicating the unidentified horse seemed to have suffered from gutteral pouch mycosis which caused a ruptured artery during the workout, leading to its collapse and death. Gutteral pouch mycosis refers to the fungal infection of the air sacs in the Eustacian tube, on either side of the horse’s head. According to the University of Florida, the infection can sometimes cause damage to arteries or nerves. Horses with gutteral pouch mycosis can sometimes appear normal until a rupture or hemorrhage.
Galpin was also an event rider who maintained her own barn aside from her full-time position with Jardine.
The British Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Rust issued the following statement:
“I know I speak for everyone at the BHA when I say we are truly shocked and devastated about this tragic news. While such incidents are extremely rare, there is an element of risk every time a rider sits on any horse and as such we must never take for granted the bravery and commitment of our workforce. Our sport relies on their dedication in providing first class care for our horses, and we are grateful to them all. Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Natasha Galpin and the yard of Iain Jardine. We will work with the authorities and provide support to the yard at this difficult time.”
Read more at The Irish Sun
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