HEARTFELT tributes were paid by the equestrian community to the late Jack de Bromhead (13) who tragically lost his life while taking part in a Co Kerry pony racing fixture last Saturday.

Jack was very well known and highly popular on the equestrian circuit, successfully taking part in many equestrian events including show jumping and pony club activities.

Showjumping Ireland and all its members extended deepest sympathies to Jack’s family and many friends in the wake of the tragic accident that claimed his life.

An SJI social media statement said: “The entire Showjumping Family are in shock to learn of the tragic premature loss of Jack. Showjumping Ireland extends its deepest sympathies and offers its support to Jack’s parents Henry and Heather and his sisters Mia and Georgia, as well as the extended de Bromhead family, and all Jack’s friends within the show jumping, racing and wider equestrian community. The entire membership of SJI and all those who jumped throughout the country with Jack will remember him fondly as the friendly, competitive young horseman he was whose life revolved around his equestrian activities.’’ Showjumping Ireland helped arrange a Guard of Honor at Jack’s funeral Mass.

HSI tribute

Horse Sport Ireland CEO Denis Duggan said: “The entire equine community is in shock to learn of the tragic loss of Jack de Bromhead on Saturday afternoon. On behalf of Horse Sport Ireland, I want to extend my deepest condolences to Jack’s parents Henry and Heather, his sisters Mia and Georgia, and the extended de Bromhead family, friends and relations, along with Jack’s wide circle of friends. The de Bromhead name is synonymous with the equine industry in Ireland and Jack’s loss will be felt throughout the racing and sport horse community.

“It is devastating for de Bromhead family and for the entire equestrian community, to lose a loved one while doing the sport that they love. Jack’s family and friends are in our collective thoughts and prayers at this incredibly difficult time. The loss of a young person is always hard to understand. This time will be difficult for many of Jack’s fellow young competitors and friends in equestrian sports. Horse Sport Ireland have a designated support service for any individual affected, and we would encourage them or their parents to email support@horsesportireland.ie to seek bereavement supports.”