US eventing horse Neveah has died after a fall on the intermediate cross-country at Ocala in Florida on Friday.
Neveak caught both front legs on the front of the tabled oxer and rotated over the jump. She landed with her head and neck on rider Andrea Leatherman. It was the fourth jump on the course.
Neveah died shortly after the fall, and Leatherman sustained a concussion, punctured lungs and cracked ribs. She regained consciousness after the fall, and was taken to Ocala Regional Hospital for treatment.
Leatherman is an assistant trainer to Buck Davidson, and is based in Reigelsville, Pennsylvania and Ocala, Florida.
Neveah was a seven-year-old thoroughbred mare, of 15.3hh. Leatherman described her as having “an easy going eager to please temperament. Although she may look like an overgrown pony with her puffy forelock, she exhibits tons of potential!”
Davidson said the necropsy revealed that Neveah’s cause of death was a heart attack.
Neveah’s stable name was Envy.