International eventing rider, Harald Herzgsell loses his life after a tragic accident

International eventing rider, Harald Herzgsell loses his life after a tragic accident

The equestrian community mourns the loss of Harald Herzgsell, a 58-year-old eventing rider who tragically lost his life on Monday in a fall during the training of a young horse. Despite immediate rescue efforts, Herzgsell could not be saved.

Harald Herzgsell was born and raised in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Salzburg, where he grew up on his parents' farm surrounded by horses. While his connection with horses was formed early in his life, he only began riding himself at the age of 20. His entry into eventing was coincidental, stemming from the loss of a bet. This twist of fate would sow the seeds for a lifelong passion that brought him success and recognition on both regional and national levels.

Throughout his impressive career, Herzgsell achieved numerous victories and titles, including gold at the Austrian Championship Amateur 45+ in 2021, where he triumphed with his beloved horse, Supreme. However, his most remarkable accomplishment was securing the bronze medal with the Austrian team at the European Championship for rural eventing riders in Lausanne (SUI) in 2022, an achievement he accomplished with his faithful companion, the Oldenburg Supreme.

In addition to his equestrian success, Herzgsell was known as a dedicated farmer and farrier. Since 2011, he had been residing in South Burgenland, where he spent his days on his own farm. Within the Burgenland equestrian community, he actively served as the eventing coordinator, collaborating closely with Kerstin Fortmann.

What set Herzgsell apart was not only his skill as a rider but also his deep-rooted love and dedication to horses. His joy in riding and his connection with these majestic animals were evident to anyone who had the privilege of seeing him in action.

In a touching tribute from the Burgenland equestrian association, it was stated: "Harald will be remembered not only as a talented athlete but also as a warm-hearted person. His positive attitude and smile have left traces in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him."

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Harald Herzgsell during this difficult time. 

Source: Krone / Pferde Revue