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Why Are Event Horses and Riders Falling and, Sometimes, Dying?

GAITHERSBURG, MD--The recent deaths of top three-day event horses and serious injuries to riders are causing many to question why they are occurring--and, more importantly, how to keep them from happening again.

Equine deaths from cross-country falls include Frodo Baggins and The Quiet Man at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in April. Riders injured in rotational falls include Frodo's rider, Laine Ashker, at Rolex and Olympian Darren Chiacchia at the Red Hills Horse Trials in March.

Olympian and Practical Horseman magazine columnist Jim Wofford makes some educated observations and recommendations in his online exclusive “Eventing Lives in the Balance” at http://www.PracticalHorsemanMag.com.

"It is clear in my mind: We now have an event that was designed by humans for humans rather than by humans for horses," Jim says. "Because of this, we have forced riders to cross the line between discipline and domination."

Additionally, journalist Nancy Jaffer shares exclusive interviews with the sport's leaders about proposed changes to make eventing safer in "On the Rail: Stemming the Tide of Eventing Tragedies." She talks to course designers Roger Haller and Michael Etherington-Smith, USEF President and Olympian David O’Connor and USEA President Kevin Baumgardner, as well as Jim Wofford.

To read the full articles, go to "Online Exclusives" at http://www.PracticalHorsemanMag.com.

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