This is truly devastating. I have few words and many tears.

The world has lost one of the nicest, friendliest riders you could ever meet. Our prayers and condolences to Shandiss, Jordan’s family and friends. Rest in Peace, Jordan.

 Jordan McDonald on Glencento in Bromont

Jordan McDonald on Glencento in Bromont a few years ago

Nunney International Horse Trials Rider Fatality – Official Statement

It is with the deepest regret that we announce that Mr Jordan McDonald died today as a result of a fatal accident whilst competing at Nunney British Eventing Affiliated One Day Event in Somerset at 1329pm on Saturday 14th June 2014. Jordan’s horse, “Only Me”, a 7 year old gelding, was not injured.

Jordan was aged 30 and based in Leicestershire but is Canadian by nationality. He had been married to Shandiss for 1 year.

No further details are available at present.

Sadness is not a strong enough word to express what I feel at the loss of Jordan McDonald. The first time I met him, he had been selected to represent Canada at the Pan Am Games but had to scratch due to a minor injury to his horse. Devastating for any rider that works years & years and hopes to be on a team. Instead of finding a frustrated sorry-about-life rider, I found an upbeat, generous, super friendly, happy guy who took me on a tour of the entire farm to make sure I met all the horses, even the ones in the paddocks “out back” so we put them all in the video (you can view it here). Afterwards, he chatted about horses and being a pilot & how wonderful his owners, Amanda and Jorge Bernhard, were that allowed him and Shandiss to do what they loved: ride horses.

I met him at various horse shows after that barn tour and he always had a big smile in his face.

What a special, special guy we have lost today.

Gone too soon. - photo courtesy, Katie Mortimore

Gone too soon. – photo courtesy, Katie Mortimore

Jordan, you were one of the good ones and will be greatly missed. Godspeed.