Girl, 15, killed by her horse
A GIRL was crushed to death yesterday in front of horrified youngsters after being thrown from her horse.
Jade South, 15, was having a riding lesson when her gelding, Jaffa, reared up after refusing to take a jump and fell on top of her.
Riding instructors rushed to help the stricken youngster. But Jade, of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, was declared dead at the scene.
She had been training with the South Hereford and Ross Harriers Pony Club. Douglas Clapham, owner of the Pauntley Court course, near Newent, Gloucestershire, where Jade was riding said: “This is just a terrible tragedy We are all in a state of shock and our thoughts are with this poor girl’s family.” “I have worked with the club on plenty of occasions before and I know that hey had a very experienced team.”
Jade was taking part in a rally with about 20 children from the pony club. Four adult instructors were each looking after small groups of the children. Safety rules of the course state that “properly fitted hard hats” must be warn and that body protectors “are strongly recommended”.
She was thrown when her horse reared up after refusing to make one of the jumps and fell back on its young owner. An air ambulance crew and specialist doctors were flown in but they were unable to save her life.
The Pauntley Court course, which overlooks the picturesque Leadon Vale, is a popular site for local horse riders. A Gloucestershire police spokesman said the tragedy had been referred to the Health and Safety Executive.