Floridian equestrian Hannah Serfass tragically passed away after a horse fell on her during a competition on Sunday. She was only 15.
“It is with our deepest sympathy the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announces that Hannah Serfass suffered a fatal accident yesterday, April 30, while competing at the Fox Lea Farm Spring Concours I in Venice,” the USEF shared in a statement released after the incident.
Serfass was riding a 12-year-old horse named Quaxx 2, who happened to trip and fall during a run-through. “As the horse galloped towards the next hurdle it planted its left front hoof, which caused the horse to lean significantly onto its front hoof…Both Serfass and the horse fell in the same direction, and then the horse fell over on top of the teen and onto her head,” the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office told CBS News.
Although EMTs immediately responded at the scene and she was transported to a nearby hospital, she was pronounced dead by doctors upon arrival. According to the United States Equestrian Foundation, the teenager was described as “a very talented up-and-coming young rider” who was known for “her passion for horses, her natural ability, and her work ethic.”
They are also taking this accident as a sign to investigate further safety measures that can be taken in order to prevent horse-based injuries. They said, “The Federation takes every accident very seriously and will be reviewing the accident thoroughly to learn what we can do to minimize risk and increase safety in equestrian sport.”
In a similar fashion, a law called “Nicole’s Law” was passed after a 12-year girl died while horseback riding. The law requires all riders under 16 years old to wear helmets while on a horse.
A GoFundMe is dedicated to Hannah Serfass following the tragic accident.
Since her passing, a GoFundMe was set up in Serfass’ name designed to build a memorial of the rider and help support the family.
“We have partnered with the World Equestrian Center to plant a tree with a plaque of her name in loving memory of Hannah Serfass. Any remaining funds will either go towards a perpetual trophy in her name or be given to the Serfass family toward an organization of their choice,” the GoFundMe reads.
The description included the sentiments, “We are so appreciative of anything you have to give. Sending our condolences to her family, friends, and the entire equestrian community. Rest In Peace to a beautiful soul.”
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