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The racing world pays tribute to trainer Henry de Bromhead’s ‘incredibly popular’ teenage son

Tributes were paid to the “incredibly popular” teenage son of Grand National winning coach Henry de Bromhead after the 13-year-old died in a racing accident in Ireland on Saturday.

Jack de Bromhead suffered fatal injuries after being thrown from his horse at the Glenbeigh Racing Festival in County Kerry.

The race festival program was immediately halted, while fellow coach Gordon Elliott canceled Sunday’s open house at his farm as a show of respect.

After Saturday’s incident, when De Bromhead’s mount stumbled and threw the boy onto the sand, emergency services had been called to Rossbeigh beach – where the race is taking place – in Kerry.

Horse Racing Ireland CEO Suzanne Eade sent a message of condolences to the De Bromhead family. She said: “Like everyone in the horse racing 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 on the tragic loss of their beloved Jack.

“Jack might only have been 13, but he was already incredibly popular in the racing community. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, his fellow pony racers and everyone he touched today during this deafening, devastating tragedy.

“Horse Racing Ireland’s Equipment Department will be helping to advise Jack’s Pony racing colleagues and friends through the Industry Assistance Scheme. Rest in peace.’

Jack de Bromhead, the son of Grand National winning coach Henry de Bromhead, died in a racing accident in Ireland on Saturday. Jack is pictured here at the Cahersiveen Pony Races on August 28th

Jack de Bromhead, the son of Grand National winning coach Henry de Bromhead, died in a racing accident in Ireland on Saturday. Jack is pictured here at the Cahersiveen Pony Races on August 28th

The British Horseracing Authority tweeted their “deepest condolences to the family”, while Pony Racing Ireland said it was “impossible to put into words the sense of grief and loss” and asked people to give the de Bromhead family “time to mourn”. admit.

There was also a tribute from York racecourse when the jockeys observed a minute’s silence before a pony race on Sunday.

A spokesman for the Glenbeigh Festival Committee told the Irish Mail on Sunday: “Many of the Glenbeigh Racing Committee members are parents themselves and are devastated by the tragic events.

“Our sincere thoughts go out to the De Bromhead family and their friends.”

The young jockey received emergency medical attention. However, despite desperate efforts to stabilize the teenager, he was later pronounced dead.

Henry de Bromhead's son (above) was fatally injured at the Glenbeigh Racing Festival in County Kerry

Henry de Bromhead’s son (above) was fatally injured at the Glenbeigh Racing Festival in County Kerry

It is believed that members of Jack de Bromhead’s family were on the course with up to 5,000 spectators when the freak accident happened.

A Garda (Police) spokesman told the MoS: “Gardai and the emergency services responded to reports of an incident at Rossbeigh Beach in County Kerry around 5.20pm on Friday.

“A teenage man was treated at the scene after the incident but was later pronounced dead. His body has since been taken to the mortuary at Kerry University Hospital.’

The local coroner has been informed of the young jockey’s death which has left the racing world stunned.

It is believed that members of the De Bromhead family were on the course with up to 5,000 spectators when the freak accident happened. Pictured is Jack speaking to his father at the Cahersiveen Pony Races on August 28th

It is believed that members of the De Bromhead family were on the course with up to 5,000 spectators when the freak accident happened. Pictured is Jack speaking to his father at the Cahersiveen Pony Races on August 28th

De Bromhead (pictured) is one of the most successful trainers on the National Hunt Circuit and last year dominated the Cheltenham Festival

De Bromhead (pictured) is one of the most successful trainers on the National Hunt Circuit and last year dominated the Cheltenham Festival

Henry de Bromhead is one of the most successful trainers on the National Hunt Circuit. Last year the trainer dominated the Cheltenham Festival and won the Aintree Grand National.

He was the first trainer ever to saddle winners of Champion Hurdle (Honeysuckle), Champion Chase (Put The Kettle On) and Gold Cup (Minella Indo) in the same year.

Rachael Blackmore, his star jockey, has also been an integral part of all the recent successes.

Jockey Rachael Blackmore has been an integral part of all of Henry de Bromhead's recent successes

Jockey Rachael Blackmore has been an integral part of all of Henry de Bromhead’s recent successes

The 33-year-old became the first woman to win the Champion Hurdle and Grand National in 2021 and continued those brilliant achievements this year by becoming the first woman to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup with A Plus Tard.

Henry followed in his father Harry’s footsteps after spurning a career in accounting and taking over the family stables in Knockeen, County Waterford, in 2000.

“The whole place is in shock. It’s such a terrible thing,” said councilman Michael Cahill. “Our condolences go to the family. I saw him ride at Cahersiveen just last week. That’s awful.

“It forever shrouded our meeting in a cloud of sadness. The people are here with tears rolling down their faces. This is always a happy, happy family celebration. Everything changed within a few hours. It affects everyone.’

As news of the tragedy broke, disturbing scenes were reported. The festival attracts Ireland’s leading pony competitors, including the country’s best teenage jockeys.

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