Equestrian eventer Zoe Rae Di Giovanni perished in a riding accident October 7, as her mount fell during a jump. The 23-year-old was riding River Breeze, her mother’s horse, when the accident occurred at Hobby Field, in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Di Giovanni , who was wearing an equestrian safety helmet, died instantly at the site. Emergency responders blamed severe and extensive head and neck trauma for the University of North Carolina – Wilmington graduate’s demise.
“[Zoe] was definitely doing what she loved,” Barbie Gibson, a friend of the family, told reporters.
A pair of riding companions was with Di Giovanni when the accident occurred.
Di Giovanni, an avid equestrian, also loved pets. Friends recalled her devotion to her rescue dogs and described her as a bold and fearless horseback rider.
A memorial service for Di Giovanni is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, at the Moore County Hunter Trial Fields, also in Southern Pines. As a tribute to the fallen equestrian, attendees have been invited to arrive on horseback, if possible.
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