Tributes flood in for 'exceptional and talented' Irish girl, 15, killed in tragic equestrian accident

Tributes flood in for 'exceptional and talented' Irish girl, 15, killed in tragic equestrian accident

TRIBUTES HAVE been flooding in for an 'exceptional and talented' teenage girl who was tragically killed in an accident at a Dublin equestrian centre yesterday afternoon.

The girl has been named as 15-year-old Tiggy Hancock, who was a dedicated and talented young rider was was "an inspiration" to all around her, her heartbroken team-mates, family and friends have said.

Tiggy was killed in a tragic incident in a Rathcoole equestrian centre on Wednesday afternoon, suffering serious injuries and passing away at Crumlin Children's Hospital after receiving emergency medical assistance at the scene.

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 Irish Pony Society have this afternoon released a statement sharing a photograph of the avid rider, saying they are "shocked and saddened by the untimely death of one of our beloved members, Tiggy Hancock.

Tiggy Hancock passed away at Crumlin Children's Hospital yesterday after suffering serious injuries in a training incident (Irish Pony Society)

"Tiggy was an exceptional and talented young rider who was such an inspiration and was looked up to by so many of our members. Her accomplishments within the IPS and all equestrian disciplines both here and in the UK are well documented. She will always be remembered for her radiant smile, her gratitude and laughter in victory and defeat.

"She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of spending time with her."

Toberton Lodge riding school, based in County Kildare, also shared an image of the girl taking part in a horse jumping session, and said they are mourning "the loss of a prodigiously talented equestrienne and a wonderfully warm and kind young person.

"Our thoughts are foremost with her grieving family today."

Toberton Lodge offered their condolences to Tiggy's family following her tragic death (Toberton Lodge)

The Irish Pony Club reflected on some of the young athlete's career highlights, particularly her performances in the Under 16s European Eventing Team Championships in Poland in 2019, and described her as a "highly talented" rider "who was not only a wonderful team player, but also a fantastic friend and teammate to many.

"She was and will be forever held close to the hearts of many, and her memory will leave a lasting legacy on our sport for many years to come."

Investigations into the incident which led to the death of the promising young athlete are ongoing, with a file being prepared for the Coroners Court.

The Spring Show event due to take place this weekend has been cancelled out of respect to Tiggy, her family and wide circle of friends.

Horse Sport Ireland have 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".

Teammates or friends who are grieving the loss of Tiggy are asked to email [email protected]