An 11-year-old boy died on Tuesday morning (15 July) as a result of injuries sustained during a riding accident in the grounds of Kirtlington Park, Oxon.

Mehdi Junior — son of Mehdi Mehra, who is a member of Kirtlington polo club — was out riding when his horse bolted and he fell. He was wearing a riding hat at the time.

Despite efforts from doctors and paramedics, Mehdi Junior never regained consciousness.

“Mehdi Junior was starting to show a great interest in polo and was becoming quite a regular at the club,” said a spokesman from Kirtlington Polo Club.

“He was coming to the club on weekends, running around with the other youngsters with his foot mallet.

“He was very popular and well liked; a polite and well-spoken boy whose life ended so early as a result of an awful accident.”

“Our thoughts and prayers must go out to his parents in this very difficult time.”

The funeral for Mehdi Junior took place this morning (17 July).