It is a very sad day for the sport as we regretfully report that 25-year-old Sabrina Manganaro died as a result of an accident on cross country at a national competition in Italy.
Eventing Italy reports that the accident happened this morning at a National Category 3 event, the equivalent of USEA Preliminary level, in Cuceglio (Turin).
Sabrina’s horse, Fante di Mezzograno, “underestimated the size” of fence 13, resulting in a fall in which Sabrina was killed instantly. The horse was uninjured.
The competition was suspended immediately according to local reports.
The Italian Federation of Equestrian Sports confirmed the tragedy in a statement on their website: “The President of the FISE, Vittorio Orlandi, with the Federal Council and along with all the equestrian world is close to the family of Sabrina at this tragic time.”
The event director, technical delegate and course designer are currently under investigation following the incident. Read our report on the case here.