Well-known competitive rider dies after horse falls on her in Aiken County

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 12:29 PM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A well-known competitive rider has died after she was thrown from a horse and it fell on her during a training exercise in Aiken County, authorities said Thursday.

The accident happened about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Stable View Equestrian training facility, according to Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables.

Annie S. Goodwin, 32, was riding her horse when it failed to negotiate a jumping exercise, causing the horse to throw Goodwin to the ground. The horse then fell on her.

Goodwin was pronounced dead at Aiken Regional Medical Center and will be autopsied in Newberry.

Goodwin was known in horse “eventing” circles, having grown up on a cattle ranch in Wyoming and working for some top riders before opening equestrian care and training business Rafter Y South in Aiken.

“Caring for horses was in her blood from day one,” states her biography on the Rafter Y South website. “Both parents were accomplished equestrians and from an early age Annie was exposed to the philosophy and horsemanship of equestrian legends such as Jack LeGoff, Robin Hahn, Andrew Popiel.”

The equestrian community is mourning Goodwin with an outpouring of sadness on social media.

“For as long as I have known her, Annie always carried herself with true dignity and class,” Olympic equestrian Will Coleman wrote on Facebook.

“It’s a very sad day waking up and knowing that she is gone, but there is no doubt that she will continue to inspire the many people that knew her personally and professionally.”

Stable View said it would be closed for two weeks in mourning for Goodwin.

“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Annie’s family and loved ones,” the business said on its website.

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