Rider killed in accident at Stable View Farm

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Jul. 15—An Aiken woman was killed Wednesday in an equestrian accident at Stable View Farm.

Annie Goodwin, 32, a professional rider, died from her injury at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, according to a news release from Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables.

The horse failed to negotiate a jump and threw Goodwin to the ground and then the horse fell on her, the coroner said.

The accident occurred around 11:15 a.m.

Goodwin was an advanced eventer and was based in Aiken.

Stable View released the following statement on the U.S. Eventing Association website:

"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."

Stable View is a high-level equestrian training facility that is home to several world-class riders, including Olympian Boyd Martin. It offers programs for a variety of equestrian disciplines, according to its website.

Tributes to Goodwin were posted on social media, including the following from Martin:

"Annie had it all — enthusiasm, drive, and a passion for horses that we all knew would make her a successful athlete and professional in this sport," Martin wrote on his Facebook page. "Words can't accurately describe how the eventing community is feeling today. It was exciting for me to see her career begin to blossom over the last few years with one of the best horses in the country in Bruno and a fleet of young horses coming through behind him."

Fellow Olympian Phillip Dutton, who also trains in Aiken, offered similar praise.

"Annie was a highly talented rider and always kind-hearted in any interactions that we had," Dutton wrote on his Facebook page. "I know that she'll be greatly missed by many — horse and human alike. I and our entire family and team send heartfelt condolences to all of Annie's family and friends."

An autopsy will be performed on Goodwin, the coroner said.

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