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Salem charter school teacher dies after fall at Vermont equestrian event

Jennifer Chapin and Joinem competing at Plantation Field in Pennsylvania in May.
Jennifer Chapin and Joinem competing at Plantation Field in Pennsylvania in May.(USEA photo)

A fourth grade math teacher at the Bentley Academy charter school in Salem died after she fell off a horse while competing in an equestrian event in Vermont, officials said Tuesday.

Jennfer “Jeffie” Chapin suffered a rotational fall as she warmed up for a cross country event Sunday at the Green Mountain Horse Association’s Festival of Eventing in South Woodstock, the organization said in a statement posted on useventing.com.

Chapin, 32, of Wenham, was riding her 12-year-old thoroughbred, Joinem. She was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where she died, the statement said.

Kathleen Smith, the interim Salem school superintendent, announced Chapin’s death “with deep sadness” in a statement posted on the district’s website.

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“On behalf of the entire Salem Public Schools community, I extend our deepest condolences to Ms. Chapin’s family, friends, students and colleagues,” Smith said in the statement.

Chapin had been a teacher at the school since 2017, the statement said.

“During her time with the district, Ms. Chapin had a positive, lasting impact on her colleagues and students that will not be forgotten,” Smith said.

Grief counselors will be made available for students and staff at the school, Smith said.


Sofia Saric can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @sofia_saric.