A 12-year-old girl was killed on Sunday during a novice indoor cross-country competition at Milton Keynes Eventing Centre.

Shannon Bloomfield (pictured right competing in the 2’6″ class) was a member of the Whaddon Chase Pony Club, and was the penultimate competitor in the last class — the 2ft9in open novice — at Milton Keynes on Sunday. She had won the previous class, over 2ft 6in solid jumps.

“I didn’t see the accident personally, but I understand it was a rotational fall,” said organiser Fiona Gifkins. “Shannon was wearing all the proper kit, and we had a paramedic on site and a doctor here by chance. But she was pronounced dead on arrival at Milton Keynes General Hospital.”

Mrs Gifkins added: “Our hearts go out to Shannon’s parents, Wendy and Darren Bloomfield.”

The centre has cancelled next weekend’s shows as a mark of respect.

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