Rider dies after fall at Vermont equestrian competition

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Jennifer Chapin and Joinem competing in May. (Photo: Amy Dragoo via US Eventing Assoc.)

The Green Mountain Horse Association says a Massachusetts woman died after she was injured in a fall from her horse while warming up for a jumping competition in Woodstock.

In a news release posted on the U.S. Eventing website, the association says Jennifer Chapin, 32, of Wenham, Massachusetts, died Sunday in a rotational fall at the Festival of Eventing.

After the fall, Chapin was taken to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where she was pronounced dead.

The horse she was riding, 12-year-old thoroughbred gelding named Joinem, was reported to be uninjured.

The Salem, Massachusetts, school district said that Chapin was a fourth-grade math teacher at Bentley Charter School.

Chapin — known as Jeffie — is the second American event rider to die in a cross-country fall this year. In July, a 13-year-old girl and her horse died after a rotational fall at a Pennsylvania event.

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