Tragic news out of HITS Saugerties this week. Twenty-two-year-old Rebecca “Becca” Weissbard suffered a fatal fall while competing at the HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII in New York on Aug. 31.
Weissbard was showing in a 1.0m Jumper Class at the time of the accident. The amateur rider was transported by paramedics to Kingston Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
HITS Shows released the following statement:
It is with great sadness that HITS informs the equestrian community of an accident involving a talented young athlete at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York, on August 31, 2016. The athlete suffered a fatal fall during a 1.0m Jumper Class in Jumper Ring 1.
HITS extends its deepest sympathy to the athlete’s family and to the entire horse sport community who feels the impact of this significant loss.
Based in Manorville, New York, Weissbard was an experienced catch rider as a junior. In 2013, she competed for the USA at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, earning the individual gold and team silver.
When tragedy strikes the equestrian community, it’s protocol to pay tribute to the fallen with posts from their loved ones. In this case, we’re sharing posts from Becca herself. Because you only have to spend a minute on her Facebook page to see that she lived her life with passion, humor, and love.