A TEENAGE girl has been killed in a tragic accident during a training session at a Dublin equestrian centre.
The child, who has not been named, suffered serious injuries while training on Wednesday afternoon at an equestrian centre in Tay Lane, Rathcoole, at about 2pm.
A statement from An Garda Síochána confirmed that the Dublin Fire Brigade and the National Ambulance Service were called to the scene to provide emergency medical assistance to the teenager, but she sadly passed away at Crumlin Children's Hospital.
Horse Sport Ireland sent their condolences to the girl's family and friends, describing her as "a much-loved member of the equestrian community".
"The loss of a young person is always particularly hard to comprehend. This will be a difficult time for team mates and friends in the sport."
They encouraged anyone affected by the girl's tragic death to come forward and seek counselling and support through the Horse Sport Ireland support network, writing "HSI have a designated support person to assist individuals affected, if they are struggling with this terrible loss".
Investigations into the tragic incident are ongoing, with a file being prepared for the Coroners Court and the Health and Safety Authority due to examine all the circumstances which led to accident.
Teammates or friends who are grieving the loss of the young athlete are asked to email [email protected]