WATCH - Irish eventer Padraig McCarthy suffers crashing fall during cross country event
Ireland's Padraig McCarthy suffered a dramatic fall in today's cross country element to the Three-Day Eventing event in Rio.
McCarthy parted company with his mount Simon Porloe came a cropper at fence 17B on the challenging course when the unfortunate horse caught his hind legs in the fence.
McCarthy, who was lying 26th in the individual competition after the two-day dressage section, was thrown off his horse but fortunately for the rider he fell in a different direction and far enough away to avoid his tumbling horse.
Both horse and jockey were able to get back to their feet but Simon Porloe appeared to be lame and was unable to continue.
"We have hugely experienced riders coming behind me and hopefully they can make up for my blunder," a dejected McCarthy told RTE Sport.
Ireland were fifth overall in the team event overnight following two days of dressage but this setback could have a big impact on their medal hopes.
Clare Abbott, Jonty Evans and Mark Kyle must complete the course to ensure that McCarthy's DNF is the discard score from today's action.
Jonty Evans is in 10th place overall going into today's action.
The showjumping phase of the competition is tomorrow.