Working Equitation members are mourning the loss of one oftheir staunchest supporters after Jacqui Grossart died in a schooling accident at her home in Devon last week.

Jacqui, 41, a businesswoman from Woodleigh, in Devon, was schooling a client’s horse when it reared up and fell over backwards, killing her instantly.

The 14hh Arab gelding was being ridden along the track to the school when he went over backwards.

A renowned horsewoman, Jacqui was the highest placed UK team member at the Working Equitation World Championships in Portugal last October. Shortly before the accident, she had won an Advanced Medium class on her coloured cob at Merrist Wood and had taken part in ‘All The Queen’s Horses’ at Royal Windsor last year.

Working Equitation Chef d’Equipe Sherene Rahmatallah said: “Jacqui was passionate about Working Equitation and took it to a whole new level. She had even booked her holiday to coincide with forthcoming Working Equitation events.

“She was an excellent all-round horsewoman who will be very sorely missed but we take some comfort from the fact that Jacqui didn’t suffer.”

Tributes to Jacqui will be held later in the year.

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