It is with a heavy heart that I write this post to inform you all of the tragic death of 23-year-old Zoe Di Giovanni, a young eventer based in Southern Pines. Last night Zoe was riding her mother’s horse, River Breeze, when the pair fell while attempting a jump at Hobby Field. Zoe suffered extensive head and neck trauma and was killed by the fall. She was wearing a helmet at the time.
According to a family friend, Zoe’s memorial service will be on Thursday at 1pm at the Moore County Hunter Trial Fields. Those who can attend on horseback are encouraged to do so, but all are welcome regardless. The friend described Zoe as fearless and as one of those who enjoyed life to the fullest. She also mentioned that Zoe has a Facebook and encourages those who wish to send messages to leave remembrances and condolences on Zoe’s profile.
This is obviously a terrible and sudden loss for Zoe’s loved ones and for the greater eventing community, and all of us at EN send our deepest condolences and prayers to everyone involved. We will update this post with any further information we receive.
Update: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “Zoe DiGiovanni Memorial Fund” c/o Vantage South Bank, 185 W. Morganton Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387.