Girl, 15, killed by her horse

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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.

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