Horse racing community in shock as trainer Henry de Bromhead's son Jack, 13, dies after being thrown off pony

On the first day of the Glenbeigh Festival, Jack de Bromhead, 13, fell during the fifth race on Rossbeigh beach and suffered fatal injuries

Horse racing community in shock as trainer Henry de Bromhead's son Jack, 13, dies after being thrown off pony
Henry de Bromhead, (R) lost his 13-year-old son, Jack de Bromhead (L) in a tragic accident (@MortimerMurphy1/Twitter & Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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COUNTY KERRY, IRELAND: Well-known jumps trainer Henry de Bromhead's son Jack de Bromhead, 13, died in a devastating pony riding mishap. On the first day of the Glenbeigh Festival, Jack de Bromhead fell from his horse during the fifth race on Rossbeigh beach and suffered fatal injuries. The teenage rider was treated at the site after emergency services were called, but he was eventually declared dead.

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A police spokesperson later told the MailOnline on Sunday, September 4, “Gardai and the emergency services responded to reports of an incident at Rossbeigh Beach in County Kerry at approximately 5.20 pm on Friday. A male in his teens received treatment at the scene following the incident but was later pronounced deceased. His body has since been removed to the morgue at University Hospital in Kerry.” The racing festival program in which the youngster was featured was abandoned immediately. 

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Young Jack was promising talent in pony racing. The schoolboy made history last year when saddling the winners of the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Gold Cup, and Grand National in the same season. Last season, he again landed the Champion Hurdle, via Honeysuckle, and had a one-two in the Gold Cup with A Plus Tard and Minella Indo.

The world of horse racing has been left shaken after news of the teenager's death emerged. According to Daily Mail, Suzanne Eade, CEO of Horse Racing Ireland, issued a statement that read, “Like everybody in the horse racing and pony racing community, I want to offer my deepest condolences to his parents Henry and Heather, his sisters Mia and Georgia, and extended family, on the tragic loss of their beloved Jack.”

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"Jack may have been only 13 but he was already incredibly popular in the racing community. His family and friends, his pony racing colleagues, and all those whose lives he touched are in our thoughts today during this numbing, devastating tragedy. Horse Racing Ireland’s equip department through the Industry Assistance Programme will assist in offering to counsel for Jack’s pony racing colleagues and friends. May he rest in peace,” she added. 

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According to The Sun, Henry, Jack's father, is one of the most successful trainers on the National Hunt circuit. Through his training, the Cheltenham Festival had the most victors last year, and the Aintree Grand National was also won. Rachael Blackmore is his most well-known student. He made history by being the first jockey to saddle winners of the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, and Gold Cup in the same year. The 49-year-old is married to Heather and the couple has two other children, Mia and Georgia. Mia is Jack's twin.

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