ANDOVER'S Hector Payne secured a commendable 19th place at Devon's Bicton International Horse Trials.

Riding his mount, Global Karina, in the Mitchell & Webber CCI-L2* competition, Payne competed against a class filled with Olympic hopefuls.

Event selectors watched closely, finalising selections for the Paris games in July.

However, the event was overshadowed by tragedy. Georgie Campbell (GBR) tragically lost her life following a fall at fence 5b. Despite immediate medical attention, she couldn't be saved.

Governing body British Eventing said in a statement on Sunday: “It is with deepest regret that we announce that Georgie Campbell (GBR) suffered a fatal accident whilst competing at the Bicton International Horse Trials in Devon, England, on Sunday 26 May 2024.

“Medical professionals attended immediately following her fall at fence 5b, however, unfortunately, she could not be saved.

“The horse, Global Quest, was assessed by the on-site vets and walked back to the stable and is uninjured.

“To respect the family’s privacy at this extremely difficult and sad time, no further details will be shared.”

Campbell was initially a top-level showing rider before turning to eventing.

She represented Great Britain numerous times on Nations Cup teams and appeared at several five-star events, the highest recognised level of eventing.