US Equestrian’s Annie Goodwin Dies in a Tragic Cross-Country Accident Ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/17/2021, 5:02 AM EDT


Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, the equestrian world mourned the death of Annie Goodwin, an exceptional eventer who died during a cross-country accident. She died at Stable View Farms after a schooling accident. She succumbed to her injuries shortly after the accident at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

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US eventer tragically loses her life after accident ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2020

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Stable View Farms has been a great place for rider-athlete combinations to train. The Aiken institution has been around for eleven years, but the Annie Goodwin tragedy is the most devastating thing to take place there. Not only did they put out a statement after he death, but also closed the farm for two weeks.

The statement reads, “We at Stable View are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Annie Goodwin, a beloved local rider. She was an exceptional Eventer. The tragic accident happened on Wednesday afternoon while schooling over a Training level obstacle. Unfortunately, she succumbed to her injury shortly thereafter at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The horse was not injured in the accident.”

“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Annie’s family and loved ones. Please have consideration and respect for all involved during this difficult time. Stable View will be closed for the next two weeks while our community grieves.”

Her horse fortunately survived the accident. Although the name of the horse is still a mystery, Goodwin rode Federman B at the Kentucky Three-Day Event in April 2021. Her death is a loss to the entire American equestrian community.

Former Olympians react to the tragic news

TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 25: A boat sails past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Rings on March 25, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Following yesterday’s announcement that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed to 2021 because of the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, IOC officials have said they hope to confirm a new Olympics date as soon as possible. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Boyd Martin, member of the US Olympic eventing team, reacted to her tragic death as well. Martin trained Annie for a while and then trained with Will Coleman, also a former US Olympian in eventing. He gave his condolences for his former pupil.

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“To put it simply, the world has lost a beautiful person. Katie [Will’s wife] and I and our entire equestrian family, are unspeakably saddened by the passing of Annie. For as long as I have known her, Annie always carried herself with true dignity and class. She was always the hardest worker in the room, but did things quietly, never for attention or recognition.” [H/T Horse and Hound]

“Annie had it all – enthusiasm, drive and a passion for horses that we all knew would make her a successful athlete and professional in the sport. Words can’t accurately describe how the eventing community is feeling,” said Boyd Martin.

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