British Teenage Equestrian Star Dies After Falling From Horse

Iona Sclater was said to be a future star of equestrian. Image Iona Sclater  Instagram

Iona Sclater was said to be a future star. Image Iona Sclater InstagramMore

Iona Sclater, a young, talented up and coming event rider has passed away due to an accident whilst riding.

Iona Sclater died in a horse riding accident in Abington Pigotts on Sunday. The circumstances of the accident at her home have not been revealed.

The East of England Ambulance Service said they were called to Abington Pigotts, on the border with Hertfordshire, at about 11:30 BST on Sunday to "reports of a child injured in a fall from a horse".

"Sadly, despite the best efforts of all involved, the girl died at the scene".

The 15-year-old has been dubbed exceptionally talented as many paid tribute to the British Eventing rider.

She achieved a Top-10 result 33 times in five seasons with British Eventing and represented the Eastern region four times at the under-18 level.

"Our thoughts are with Iona's friends and family, her Dad, Charles, Mum, Hetty, and sisters Lara and Alicia, at this very hard time".

In an impassioned response on the social media site, Hetty said: "Some sick individual has set up an Iona Sclater Funeral Fund - Please do not donate".

"Blessed to have known you for nearly five years. rest in peace, completely heartbroken", one wrote. My condolences goes out to the family and friends.

From heartfelt messages left on Iona's Facebook page since the news was announced, it is clear to see she was admired and loved by many of her fellow equestrians.

The 15-year-old had recently posted a photo on Instagram with her horse, writing: "Find me someone who looks at me the way Swatchy does". "Such a lovely friendly person who has impacted massively on the equine world! you we're such a inspiration and always will be". "Another angel gone too soon".

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