Iona Sclater dead – British horse riding starlet, 15, dies in riding accident at home – The Sun
A TEEN equestrian star has been killed in a horse riding accident at her home.
Iona Sclater, 15, was pronounced dead at the scene after falling from her horse in Abington Pigotts, Cambridgeshire, on Sunday.
Paramedics and an air ambulance crew desperately fought to save the teen after her family dialled 999 at around 11.30am.
An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance, two Hazardous Area Response Team Vehicles, a rapid response vehicle and East Anglian Air Ambulance were called to a Abington Pigotts shortly after 11.30am on Sunday, following 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.”
Her parents Charles and Hetty and sisters Lara and Alicia are said to have been left heartbroken by the tragedy.
Just five days ago she posted a picture on Instagram of herself competing in trials in South Yorkshire with the caption: “Find me someone who looks at me the way Swatchy does.”
The fledgling star had been selected for the 2017 and 2019 pony European Championships.
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British Eventing paid tribute to Iona, describing her as one of the sport’s brightest young stars.
A statement said: “British Eventing was devastated to receive the news that one of our young members and bright stars in the sport, Iona Sclater, sadly died in a riding accident at home on Sunday 11 August.
“Our thoughts are with Iona’s friends and family at this very difficult time.
“Iona was an exceptionally talented and dedicated young event rider.”
Sclater won a British Eventing Under-18 competition at Stratford Hills in Essex in June on her pony Foxtown Cufflynx.
Friends posted heartfelt tributes to the teenager on social media, describing her as a ‘legend’ and ‘the most thoughtful person ever’.
One pal wrote: “Iona, you were the most delightful, talented and personable young lady I know with a very bright future ahead of you.”
Another added: “Another equestrian gone too soon. Iona you will be dearly missed and my thoughts go out to your family and friends. You were such a big part of the equine community and will never be forgotten.”
A fellow friend said: “Iona was the kindest, most thoughtful person ever. She would always pick people up when they were down and enjoyed every moment with everyone.
“Iona you are a legend and we will love you forever. Another angel gone too soon.”
Iona also represented her region four times at the U18 regional team championships.
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Her death comes just one month after a fellow horse rider died while competing in a cross country event in Solihull.
Clare Bedford, 31, had been taking part in the one-day event on July 13, when she is said to have fallen off her horse and suffered a cardiac arrest.
Cambridgeshire Police have been contacted for comment.