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Yellow ribbon Jockeys at Royal Ascot meeting pay emotional tribute to tragic teen Tiggy Hancock

'There are no words to describe how the family are feeling, we all send our thoughts and prayers'

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Oisin Murphy wears a yellow robbon as he celebrates victory at Ascot (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Oisin Murphy wears a yellow robbon as he celebrates victory at Ascot (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Oisin Murphy wears a yellow robbon as he celebrates victory at Ascot (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Jockeys at today's Royal Ascot meeting have donned a yellow ribbon on their silks in an emotional tribute to tragic teen Tiggy Hancock. 

The 15-year-old died after sustaining serious injuries during a training session on Wednesday for the Irish eventing team.

Killarney native Oisin Murphy, the British Champion Jockey explained: "There are no words to describe how the family are feeling, we all send our thoughts and prayers."

"It certainly puts things in perspective as we all grew up, certainly the jockeys, with riding ponies. We are all going to wear these today and I just want to say that we are all thinking of her today and of her family."

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Tiggy Hancock.

Tiggy Hancock.

Tiggy Hancock.

Ryan Moore after riding a winner for his boss Aidan O'Brien said: "It was just a small thing that we can do, it is a terrible tragedy and we all send our condolences to the family."

A friend of the family, Edmund Kearney, said Tiggy was on track to have a highly successful career.

“She was on her way to the top. She was a girl who you would have been writing about for years to come if this hadn’t happened to her,” he said.

He added: “I’d say she was riding when she could walk. She represented Ireland several times and she had a very bright future.”

The champion equestrian rider was rushed shortly after 2pm by emergency personnel to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children but was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Kilkenny College student is survived by her parents Jane and Frank along with sisters Eliza, 25 and 21-year-old Lucy.

The mother of a teenage girl who died following an accident at an equestrian centre has said her daughter would hate to see people “sad” ahead of her funeral on Monday.

In a post on social media, Jane said: “Thank you so much to everyone. Every memory of our beloved Tiggy is so precious.

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“Please remember to look up and laugh and live through these difficult days as she would hate to see you sad.

“I know that travel is so difficult at the moment so our wonderful friends and neighbours have arranged a livestream of her funeral which is to be at 2pm on Monday at Lorum Church.”

Hundreds of people lined the cortège route from Kearney’s funeral home in Fenagh, Co Carlow as her remains were brought home on Friday night. A guard of honour was formed by several young riders on horseback.

Her Funeral Mass will be held at 2pm at the Church of the Good Shepard Lorum in a private family funeral. Her burial afterwards will take place in the adjoining cemetery.

Tiggy is also mourned by her aunts Angela, Alice, Katya, Kate, Serena, Lillias and uncles David, Tom, Richard and Peter.

The popular teenager is also mourned by cousins India, Felix, India Elsa, godparents Linda, Clem, Nick, Allegra, Andrew, Ann Minchin, her friends young and old in the equestrian world and her many school friends.

Horse Sport Ireland chief Joe Reynolds said on RTÉ Radio 1 that the teenager was “destined for a bright future” in the equestrian world. She had represented Ireland on several occasions on the equestrian circuit. She won bronze with her teammates at the under-16 European (Eventing team) championships.

A Health and Safety Authority (HSA) investigation into the circumstances of her death is ongoing.

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