Katharine Morel Biography, Katharine Morel Wiki
Katharine Morel was an equestrian rider from Canada, she and her horse are both dead after a fall on Saturday at an Altoona, Florida competition. Katharine Morel and her thoroughbred mare, Kerry On, both died soon after their fall.
Katharine Morel Age
She was 33 years old.
Katharine Morel Early Life, Career
Morel said in a 2018 interview with Sherwood Park News that she was born and raised in a small town called Cochrane in Ontario. She said she had been riding since the age of 3 but that she had to sell her horses. In 2013, she moved to Sherwood Park, Alberta and took up riding again with the help of her trainer, Tricia Dahms.
She said, “I came upon a three-year-old thoroughbred mare named Kerry On. She was a horse who wasn’t racing well,” she explained. “She just wasn’t a runner,” Morel said but she took an immediate liking to her. She said she decided to take a chance on Kerry On, but after a few years of training she “turned out to be phenomenal.” They started competing in the Florida winter circuit and she became the top Canadian rider with Kerry On the top Canadian horse for their division on the tour.
Katharine Morel Death and Cause of Death
Katharine Morel and her horse Kerry On both died after a rotational fall during competition at the Rocking Horse Winter III Horse Trials in Altoona, Fla., according to a news release by Equestrian Canada. A rotational fall is when horse and rider somersault, with the horse landing on its back, James Hood, the high performance director for Equestrian Canada, said in an interview Sunday.
“Rotational falls are generally the most dangerous falls we see in equestrian sport. And they often have very serious injuries that result from them,” said Hood.
The horse and rider fell while jumping a fence on a cross-country course at the United States Eventing Association recognized competition.
Morel was taken to hospital in Tavares, Fla., where she died of her injuries. Her horse, an eight-year-old thoroughbred mare, suffered fatal injuries and died shortly after the fall.
The circumstances of the fall are unclear, only that it was a rotational fall at fence 8 on the course. According to EC’s statement, “EC will work closely in cooperation with our sister federation, US Equestrian, to investigate the fall and continue developing methods to improve safety for riders and horses alike.”
A rotational fall happens during a jump when a horse hits a solid fence with either its chest or upper forelegs and falls in a way that it lands on its back. These are a known risk in the sport so horses will usually have a type of grease on their forelegs to help them slide over a fence. Rotational falls have resulted in the past in serious injuries and fatalities in equestrian cross-country competition.