The life of a 16-year-old horse rider was cut short after her horse was startled by a farm truck and was thrown off. The young schoolgirl, Lucinda Woolley, had been riding since she was three years old. She had just started competitions at the national level.
Woolley was only ten minutes into her training ride on Alfie, when the truck spooked him. The horse bolted for home as Woolley had fallen and was seriously injured.
Julia Woolley, mother of Lucinda, aged 48, found the 16 year old immediately. She was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, went into 3-hour surgery, but despite best efforts, died the next day.
The young Woolley had only recently started riding Alfie as her new eventing horse. The parents had discussed the inherent dangers of eventing but respected their daughter’s avid passion for the sport and horses.
Mrs. Woolley said,
The chap who was driving the tractor is a personal friend – fortunately they knew her and the horse. As soon as she had the fall, they were the ones who called the ambulance. I heard the horse come back to the stables and chased off to find her. I was there within five minutes of the fall.
Heartbroken, she added,
Although she was very diligent with her school work, her passion was riding. She had been riding since the age of three and had had a succession of horses and her current horse was a professional eventer horse.
Woolley fell off the horse near her home. Farm workers witnessed the horrific fall and quickly ran to air her.
She was a member of the Essex and Suffolk Pony Club. Despite her youth, Woolley had already been in competition with professional riders at national level.
Mrs Wooley said, “The response to our daughter’s death has been ‘absolutely phenomenal’. We want to thank the emergency crews and hospital staff for their efforts and support over the past few days.”
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