The funeral of Jade South (pictured right), the 15-year-old who died in a rotational fall last month, took place today (Monday 10 November).
Her coffin was carried in a horse-drawn carriage, which was followed by the horse involved in the fatal accident. The church at Linton, Ross-on-Wye was full, with more than 100 people standing outside.
Her parents, Paul and Claire South, and brother Robert, have paid tribute to the teenager.
“Jade died doing what she loved best, riding her horse across country with her friends on a lovely sunny day. Her love of horses outweighed everything else,” they said. “We have 15 years of memories of her as a wonderful daughter and sister to cherish and comfort us in the months and years ahead.”
Jade was a member of the South Hereford and Ross Harriers Hunts branch of the Pony Club, and was on the area show jumping, eventing and stable management teams. She had done work experience at Three Counties Equine Hospital, and had decided to make a career in horses.
Jade’s brother, Robert, has set up a web page in aid of the County Air Ambulance, which has already raised more than £3,000. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/robertsouth1