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Katharine Morel Biography – Katharine Morel Wiki
Katharine Morel was an equestrian rider from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. She was competing in Canada and the U.S.
Katharine Morel Death – Katharine Morel Horse Accident
Canadian Rider Katharine Morel and her horse, Kerry On, died after a fall at the Rocking Horse Winter III Horse Trials equestrian competition in Altoona, Fla. on Feb. 29, 2020.
Morel and the eight-year-old Thoroughbred mare suffered a rotational fall at fence eight of the Intermediate level cross-country course at the United States Eventing Association recognized competition. Morel was immediately transported by Lake County Emergency Medical Services to Waterman Hospital in Tavares, FL, where she later succumbed to her injuries. Kerry On suffered fatal injuries and passed shortly after the fall.
According to James Hood, the high performance director for Equestrian Canada, a rotational fall is when horse and rider somersault, with the horse landing on its back. Hood said in an interview, “Rotational falls are generally the most dangerous falls we see in equestrian sport. And they often have very serious injuries that result from them.”
Equestrian Canada confirmed her death in a statement on its website. The statement said, “Equestrian Canada (EC) is deeply saddened to report that Katharine Morel of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, and her horse, Kerry On, died following an accident on course at the Rocking Horse Winter III Horse Trials in Altoona, FL, on Feb. 29, 2020. EC will work closely in cooperation with our sister federation, US Equestrian, to investigate the fall and continue developing methods to improve safety for riders and horses alike.”
EC High Performance Director, James Hood said in a release, “The equestrian industry lost not just an exceptional athlete, but an exceptional person, as well as the horse she loved. On behalf of EC, I extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Katharine, as well as to the entire team who surrounded Kerry On.”
Katharine Morel Age
Katherine Morel was 33 years old.