French Eventer Dies in Cross Country Accident

We are devastated to learn that French eventer Thaïs Meheust died today in a cross country accident at the French Championship for Young Horses at Haras du Pin. She and her horse, Chaman Dumontceau, a Selle Français gelding (Top Berlin du Temple x Cocagne des Pins, by Narcos II), fell at fence two in the 7-year-old class.

The 22-year-old was a rising star in France. She participated in Pony, Junior and Young Rider Europeans before graduating to the senior camp. She was most recently on France’s Nations Cup team at Haras du Pin. Individually, she competed through the four-star level with much success, including a win this summer aboard Quamilha.

Fédération Française d’Equitation (FFE) released this statement, via Google Translate:

“It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the death of Thaïs Meheust who was the victim of a fatal accident this morning on the cross of the French Championship of Horses of 7 years organized as part of the 5th stage of the Grand National FFE – AC Print Pine at Haras.

“Thaïs Meheust and her horse, Chaman Dumontceau, fell on the #2 hurdle of the cross country course.

“Selected and medalist on numerous occasions at the European Pony Championships, Juniors and Young Riders, Thaïs, aged 22, was a competitor for several years on the national and international circuit.

“She won her first Pro Elite in Saumur with Quamilha.

“Serge Lecomte, President of the FFE, all the elected officials, Sophie Dubourg, National Technical Director, Michel Asseray, Deputy Technical Director in charge of the all-around, Thierry Touzaint, National Coach of the all-round event, the technical staff of the French Federation ‘Equitation and the EPA – Haras National du Pin, organizer of the stage are associated with the grief of the family and relatives of Thaïs.”

You can find the complete, untranslated statement at this link. EN extends our condolences to Thaïs’ family and friends in this very difficult time.