Henry of Bromhead’s son Jack dies after pony accident

The 13-year-old son of leading jumps trainer Henry of Bromhead has died after a tragic pony accident.

Bromhead’s Jack suffered life-threatening injuries after suffering a crash during race five on Rossbeigh beach on the first day of the Glenbeigh Festival. It happened around 5:20 p.m.

The Gardai and emergency services were called to the scene, where the young rider was treated but was later pronounced dead. The rest of the Festival has been cancelled.

Jack had shown great promise in pony racing and had ridden a winner, one of many this summer, at Cahirciveen Races a few days earlier.

The schoolboy used to go out regularly for his father, who made history last year riding the winners of the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Gold Cup and Grand National in the same season. Last season he clinched the Champion Hurdle again, via Honeysuckle, and scored a Gold Cup double with A Plus Tard and Minella Indo.

“Our whole community is shocked,” said Cllr Michael Cahill The Kerryman newspaper. “Our condolences go out to the family. I only saw him ride at Cahersiveen last week. It’s awful what happened afterwards.

“It has put a cloud of sadness over our forever reunion. People are here with tears streaming down their faces tonight. It’s always a joyous, happy family celebration. In a few hours, everything changed. It all changed. an impact on everyone.”

Jack briefly became a television celebrity in late April when he was interviewed by RTE before the unbeaten Honeysuckle stable mare extended her winning streak to 16 at the Punchestown Festival.

“The best mare ever,” Jack told viewers. “She can be a little angry at times. If you walk into her stable, she may flip her butt or try to bite you, unless you feed her carrots. She loves carrots.

Suzanne Eade, CEO of Horse Racing Ireland, issued a statement on Sunday morning which read: “Like everyone in the horse and pony racing community, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to his parents Henry and Heather, his sisters Mia and Georgia and extended family, following the tragic loss of their beloved Jack.

“Jack may have only been 13, but he was already incredibly popular in the racing community. His family and friends, his pony racing colleagues and everyone he touched are in our thoughts today. today during this devastating and numbing tragedy.

She added: “Horse Racing Ireland’s Equipment Department, through the Industry Assistance Scheme, will help offer advice to Jack’s pony racing colleagues and friends. May he rest in peace.”

A spokesperson on behalf of Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board CEO Darragh O’Loughlin said: “The directors and staff of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board send their deepest condolences to the De Bromhead family for the loss tragedy of Jack yesterday. May he rest in peace.”

The British Horseracing Authority said in a tweet: “The BHA sends its deepest condolences to the family of Henry de Bromhead on the tragic death of his son Jack.”

Pony Racing Ireland tweeted: “We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Jack from Bromhead who tragically passed away at Glenbeigh on Saturday. It is impossible to put into words the since of grief and loss felt by all involved, so please give them time to grieve. RIPJack.

De Bromhead has been based in Knockeen, Co. Waterford for many years with the coach who succeeded his father, Harry, in 2000. The 49-year-old is married to Heather and the couple have two other children, Mia and Georgia. . Mia is Jack’s twin.

The trainer’s incredible achievements in the 2020-21 season, via top horses such as Honeysuckle, Minella Indo, Put The Kettle On and Minella Times saw him finish third in the British Trainers Championship. Record Rachael Blackmore is her stable jockey.

He was at Wexford on Saturday, where he won with Magical Zoe at the first obstacle.

Jack’s death at such a young age is the second to leave the racing community numb in just over a year.

Last summer Co Carlow teenager Tiggy Hancock, 15, a rising star in show jumping events, died following a riding accident. Later that year, racing fans at Cheltenham were encouraged to wear yellow – his favorite color – to a match to celebrate his life.

Another top Irish manager, Gordon Elliott, was due to hold an open day on Sunday but canceled the event.

Henry of Bromhead’s son Jack dies after pony accident

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