The joint-master of the Cottesmore, Gems McCormick, has died due to an accident out hunting.

Ms McCormick was out with the Fitzwilliam (Milton) hunt yesterday (Wednesday, 4 November) when the accident happened.

She reportedly fell after a fence and suffered a head injury.

It was the Fitzwilliam’s opening meet, and the hunt has “expressed sincere condolences” to her family.

A spokesman for the Cottesmore said: “Gems was a wonderful joint-master and a generous supporter of the Cottesmore hunt. We were lucky to have her as a master from 2012. Always immaculately turned out quietly and efficiently fulfilling her role. She was a pleasure to go hunting with.”

The Cottesmore has cancelled its meet today (Thursday, 5 November) as a mark of respect.

“We are extremely sad to hear to the death of Gems. She was a huge supporter of hunting in Leicestershire and beyond,” said a spokesman for the Countryside Alliance.

“Hunting was a very big part of her life and she will be long missed by the Cottesmore country.”