Rockford woman dies in New Jersey equestrian competition

Posted at 10:30 AM, May 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-15 10:40:08-04

ALLENTOWN, N.J. — A Rockford woman suffered fatal injuries when her horse fell during an equestrian competition Saturday.

Philippa Humphreys, 33, was injured in a fall at Fence 16, known as “The Table,” on the cross country course during the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event at the Horse Park of New Jersey. She was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in nearby Hamilton, N.J., where she was pronounced dead.

Humphreys’ horse, Rich N Famous, was not injured.

She was originally from Chester, Cheshire, and was a British citizen living in Rockford.

“All of us connected with the Jersey Fresh International are deeply saddened by today’s tragic news,” said Dan Wunderlich, the event’s chairman. “We extend our condolences to Philippa’s husband, Peter, and to her entire family.”

Meanwhile, another horse fell and had to be put down during the day. Inoui Van Bost was seriously injured in a fall at Fence 19 and was transported to the New Jersey Equine Clinic in Millstone, N.J., where it was humanely euthanized.

The competition wraps up Sunday.

The Jersey Fresh International helps determine team members for both the United States and Canada at the World Equestrian Games, the Pan Am Games and the Olympic Games, including this year’s Summer Olympics in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A college fund has been set up for Humphrey’s daughter. To learn more click here.