The 18-year old Portuguese Young Rider Manuel Vinagre has died after a riding accident at the Quinta da Foz agriturismo in Benavente, Portugal, on Friday 1 December 2017.
On Friday noon Vinagre fell off his horse when it tripped. The rider crashed his head on the ground and apparently also got hit by the horse, the blow critically injuring him. He was transported to the Hospital Unit of Vila Franca de Xira but could not be saved. He died on Friday evening from his injuries.
Vinagre's parents were on a holiday in Prague and rushed back home after they heard from the accident. It has not been disclosed whether Vinagre wore a helmet.
Manuel Vinagre made his international competition debut at the CDI Vilamoura in 2015. Aboard the now 12-year old buckskin Lusitano Almansor (by Riopele x Pagode) he competed at junior level in 2015 and represented Portugal at the European Junior Riders Championships in Vidauban, France, where he finished 51st in the individual test.
In 2016 Manuel made the transition to young riders level and represented Portugal at the 2016 and 2017 European Young Riders Championships in Oliva Nova (51st place) and Roosendaal (42nd place). He also won silver at the 2016 National Championships and bronze at this year's Nationals.
Photo © Astrid Appels
Eurodressage Photo Database: Manuel Vinagre
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