Canadian showjumper Bryan Anderson has died at the age of 44 following injuries sustained in a riding accident.
Anderson, who died on September 11, had been a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team since 1987. He was reportedly cantering down a hill when his horse tripped and fell on him. Revival attempts at the scene were unsuccessful.
His success as an international rider began at age 16 when he, with mount Corrache, were members of Team Alberta who were silver team medalists in show jumping at the 1985 North American Junior Young Riders Championships in Wadsworth, USA.
Anderson was considered an ambitious international competitor, and was named to the Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) short list in 1987. In 1990, Anderson represented Canada as a member of the CET at the 1990 World Cup Finals in Dortmund, Germany.
Using his 35 years of equestrian experience, Anderson established the successful Bryan Anderson Show Jumping training facility in southern Alberta, where he developed talented horses and riders in the disciplines of hunter, equitation and show jumping.
In 2011, Anderson, along with parents JC and Barbara and siblings John, Sandra and Susan, were recognized for their dedication and service to Canada’s equestrian community when they were inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame in the category of Builder (Organization).
“On behalf of the staff and volunteers of Equine Canada, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Anderson family,” said Equine Canada President, Michael Gallagher.
“Bryan will be remembered as a gifted competitor, and his talent will live on through the successes of the horses and riders he trained with such dedication.”
Equine Canada spokeswoman Carmen Marson-Awad said: “He was extremely well-respected and a lot of people are very upset by his passing.”
Bryan Anderson is survived by his wife, Cari Anderson.