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Rider Killed at Ballindenisk
Dublin, Ireland

Experienced Irish event rider Karen Rodgers was killed at a national one-day event in Ballindenisk, Co. Cork today, Sunday.

The 41-year-old was riding her horse Kilcoltrim Brigade when the tragedy happened. The rider died almost instantly when her horse landed on her in a rotational fall at a water fence near the end of the course.

A native of England, Karen has lived in County Kildare for almost a decade and very well known in the equestrian industry. Through her company Panache Productions she was instrumental in promoting Eventing worldwide with coverage on television of many of Ireland's premier one, two and three-day events, including Punchestown, Tattersalls, and Ballindenisk, where her life was tragically cut short.

She has left the Irish Eventing fraternity numbed and will be sadly missed.

Karen's death came almost 10 years to the day after that of Captain David Foster, who was the last rider to die at an Irish event in late April 1998.

In August 2006 Northern Ireland event rider Sherelle Duke died in a similar rotational fall at an event in England.

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