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This is a list of people and fictional characters who had severe injuries, or died from accidents related to horses. Some of the listed accidents had important political and historical consequences, which are given when relevant.


  • Roy Kinnear (1934-1988), British character actor, bled to death due to a broken pelvis sustained in a fall from a horse.
  • Christopher Reeve (1952-2005), actor, paralyzed in 1995 from the neck down following a fall from his horse while riding cross-country in a 3-day event.
  • Maureen Connolly (1934-1969), tennis star, career ended in 1954 by injuries suffered in a collision between her horse and a truck
  • Cole Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) American composer and songwriter. In a 1937 riding accident his legs were crushed leaving him in chronic pain, largely crippled. (According to a biography by William McBrien and oral history by Brendan Gill.) His right leg was amputated in 1958 as a result of the injury.

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Fictional characters


  • Daniel Baker, 23, died from head injuries after his horse fell in a race at Grafton, New South Walesmarker on 2 December 2007.
  • Charles W. Boland, Canadian jockey, thrown from his horse.
  • Hughie Cairns, 40, a jockey who died on 27 July 1929 in a fall at Moonee Valley, VIC. [60513]
  • Philip Cheng, Hong Kong jockey, fell from horse and was trampled to death.
  • Tom Clayton, Australian jockey, died from injuries sustained in a 12 horse fall.
  • Thomas Corrigan, fell to his death while riding 'Waiter' in the Grand National Steeplechase at Caulfield, Victoriamarker on 13 August 1894.
  • Earl Dew, 19, American jockey, 1940 national champion. Died from head injuries caused from a spill in the 6th race on 2 February 1941, it was Earl Dew day at Agua Caliente Racetrackmarker.
  • Frank Hayes, American jockey, died from a heart attack while riding his horse Sweet Kiss to victory at Belmont Parkmarker.
  • Willy Kan, Hong Kong jockey, fell from horse and was trampled to death.
  • Cecil "Skeeter" Kelly, killed in a race fall at Glen Innes, New South Walesmarker.
  • Adrian Ledger, 25, was killed when his horse, Daring Movement, fell near the home turn at the Corowamarker, NSW races.
  • Charles John Lewis (1867-1895), was thrown onto his head and lacerated his brain during a steeplechase at Caulfield, Victoriamarker.
  • Gavin Lisk, 23, died of head injuries he suffered in a fall at the Moemarker races in 2005.
  • Donald Nicholson, killed in the 1885 Caulfield Cup fall, when 16 of the 44 runners fell.
  • Ray Oliver killed in fall at Kalgoorlie Western Australia.
  • Jason Oliver killed in a fall at Ascot Racecourse, Western Australia when horse broke both front legs.
  • Alvaro Pineda, Mexican jockey, died in 1975 through a blow to the head in the starting gates; brother of Roberto Pineda.
  • Roberto Pineda, Mexican jockey, died in 1978; brother of Alvaro Pineda.
  • Michael Rowland, American jockey, died from head injuries after falling from his horse.
  • Neville Sellwood, Australian Racing Hall of Fame jockey killed in 1962 at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse, France.
  • Brian Taylor, British jockey, died from injuries sustained after tumbling from his horse
  • Sam Thompson, Jr., American jockey, died from injuries five days after his mount collapsed at Los Alamitos on 30 December 2008.
  • Mike Venezia, American jockey, died after a race fall.
  • Jack Westrope, American jockey, died in 1958
  • George Woolf, Canadian jockey, concussion after a fall during a race at Santa Anita Park believed to have been caused by hypoglycemia (Woolf was a Type 1 diabetic)
  • Nathanaëlle Artu - French Jockey, died on her birthday in 2006 after a fall at 'prix de l'isle briand' (Lion D'angers)




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