Rebecca Weissbard, 22, was killed Wednesday after her horse fell on her during a competition

By Char Adams
September 03, 2016 01:55 PM

A New York community is mourning the death of an award-winning equestrian who was crushed to death by her horse during a competition on Wednesday, reports say.

Rebecca Weissbard, 22, of Long Island, was thrown from her horse when the animal hit a cross pole during the second hurdle in a 10-hurdle course at the Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) competition in Saugerties, according to the Daily Freeman. The horse then fell on Weissbard, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Rebecca rode with passion. She spoke with passion about horses and she competed at the highest level and did it with grace and polish,” Weissbard’s mother, Lynn, told Newsday.

HITS announced Weissbard’s death in a statement posted to their Facebook page, writing that the 22-year-old suffered “a fatal fall.”

“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,” officials wrote in the statement.

A candlelight vigil for Weissbard was expected to take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, according to a Facebook page. And many social users remembered the woman on a memorial page.

“Becca touched everyone she knew,” one person wrote in a post on the memorial page. We are all thankful Becca was part of the horse world and everyone’s world.”

Another Facebook user wrote that Weissbard challenged her to “be the best horseback rider I could possibly be.”

“I’ll always remember her as a witty and a competitive girl who loved animals with all her heart,” the user continued.