Katharine Morel Dies in Cross Country Accident at Rocking Horse H.T.

Katharine Morel and Kerry On. Photo by Lisa Madren.

We are devastated to report that Canadian eventer Katharine Morel died today in a cross country accident at Rocking Horse Winter III H.T. in Altoona, Florida. She and her horse, Kerry On, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred mare, fell at fence 8 in the Open Intermediate B division. Kerry On did not survive the accident.

The USEA released the following statement:

“It is with our deepest regret that we announce Katharine Morel and her 8-year-old Thoroughbred mare Kerry On suffered a rotational fall at fence eight of the Intermediate level cross-country course while competing at the Rocking Horse Stables Winter III Horse Trials on February 29, 2020. The horse suffered fatal injuries and passed shortly after the fall. The rider was immediately transported by Lake County EMS to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. The United States Eventing Association, Rocking Horse Stables Organizing Committee, and competition officials send our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Katharine Morel.”

Katharine and Kerry On placed 4th in their Open Intermediate division at Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. earlier this month. Katharine was 33 years old.

EN extends our condolences to Katharine’s family and friends in this very difficult time.

[Horse and Rider Fatalities at Rocking Horse Winter III H.T.]