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Deepest sympathies Tributes paid to tragic Tiggy Hancock who died in horseriding accident at Dublin equestrian centre

'Tiggy was well-liked among both junior and senior members of the Irish equestrian family and her passing will be mourned by all'

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Tiggy Hancock during Pony Eventing Europeans Final Training at Orchard Lodge in Calverstown, Kildare in 2019. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Tiggy Hancock during Pony Eventing Europeans Final Training at Orchard Lodge in Calverstown, Kildare in 2019. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Tiggy Hancock during Pony Eventing Europeans Final Training at Orchard Lodge in Calverstown, Kildare in 2019. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Tributes have been paid to 15-year-old Tiggy Hancock who died after suffering serious injuries at a Dublin equestrian centre yesterday. 

Horse Sport Ireland said it extended “deepest sympathies to the family of Tiggy who died on Wednesday afternoon, following a tragic accident at a squad training event in Greenogue”.

“Tiggy was a highly talented young athlete and a respected member of our Pony High Performance Eventing Programme,” the tribute reads.

“A keen equestrian for many years as a member of the Carlow and Kilkenny Hunt Pony Club and very successful Working Hunter Pony competitor, Tiggy only began Eventing in the autumn of 2018, making an immediate mark on the sport.

“Following a run of impressive performances in 2019, she was selected to represent Ireland at the Under 16 European Eventing Team Championships in Poland, where she and her team mates secured a team bronze medal.

“Only recently, Tiggy has impressed against senior counterparts in the CCI2 S in Millstreet with Coppenagh Spring Sparrow finishing just outside the podium, seeing off seasoned athletes who have competed at European and World Level.”

The tribute adds: “Tiggy was well-liked among both junior and senior members of the Irish equestrian family and her passing will be mourned by all. The Hancock family are known throughout Ireland for their commitment to the equestrian community and those who know them will share in their grief.

“The loss of a young person is all always particularly hard to comprehend. This will be a difficult time for many of Tiggy’s team mates and friends in the sport. Horse Sport Ireland have a designated support person to assist individuals affected, and would encourage them or their parents to come forward to seek support.

Earlier the owner of the equestrian centre where Tiggy was injured also led tributes to the youngster.

Lucy Mc Carthy, the owner of Greenogue Equestrian posted the tribute on her Facebook page.

It reads: “Following yesterday’s tragic accident in the equestrian centre, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the young rider involved. She will be sadly missed by everyone in the equestrian community.”

In a series of comments people have responded with one writing, “Very sad news , thinking of the family and friends.”

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Another adds: “Such a horrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends and with the whole of the equestrian community.”

One other person has written: “Such a tragedy…my thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and the equestrian community.

Gardaí confirmed to independent.ie that officers from Ballyfermot responded to a call from an equestrian centre at Tay Lane in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, at around 2pm following an accident involving a 15-year-old girl during a training exercise.

“Dublin Fire Brigade and the National Ambulance Service were in attendance and providing medical assistance to a young female (15 years) who was injured during an exercise event. She was removed to Children's Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin where she later passed away,” gardaí said in a statement at the time.

Meanwhile, gardaí said the coroner has been notified as well as the Health and Safety Authority which will carry out an examination.

Investigations into the tragedy are ongoing and a file will be prepared for the Coroners Court, according to gardaí.

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