TRIBUTES have been flooding in from the equestrian community following the tragic death of Claire Lowe (Millhouse) who sadly died yesterday following a fall out hunting.

Lowe was the owner and operator of Mill House Equestrian Centre in Saintfield, Co Down and was out hunting in the New Line area of Ballygowan with the North Down Foxhounds when she fell from her horse.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service told the Belfast Telegraph a rapid response paramedic was called to the incident at around 3.20pm. However they were unable to save the rider and she died from her injuries.

The 39-year-old rider was a well known judge on the Connemara scene and today the Connemara Pony Breeders' Society said it was “deeply saddened by the news of the tragic loss of Claire Lowe. Claire was a CPBS ridden and working hunter judge. Our deepest sympathies go out to Claire's family and friends. Rest in peace.”

Lowe also competed at Eventing Ireland EI90 amateur level, riding the Courage gelding Have The Courage at Knockany, Lisgarvan House, Loughanmore and Maddybenny this year.


Yesterday’s incident has been described as a “freak hunting accident” and dozens of friends have paid tribute to Lowe on social media.

Neill McCluskey posted: “Tragic day today as lost a great friend in a freak hunting accident. Claire Lowe (Millhouse) was really a amazing person and will be dearly missed by us all.”

She was described as “A trusted contact, producer and an all round lovely girl taken way too soon” by Kara Louise Milne.

Rach Baird posted: “Such tragic news -Claire Millhouseyou where only standing in my yard the night before - such a lovely pleasant woman - who loved her horses - you will be dearly missed by a lot of people - Rest easy xx.”

Laura Devenney added: “Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting Claire, will know how lovely and kind hearted she was. Wasn't long ago I was sitting in your kitchen for a catch up and a cup of tea - never imagining I would be writing this a short time later.

“You hear of freak accidents in the equestrian world, but you never think it will never happen to any of your friends or family. Sadly this time that wasn't the case.”

She added: “A true horsewoman - passionate and dedicated. Sending love to all her family and friends at this difficult time, especially her partner Doug.”