Izzy Squire’s mother Tracy Dodd has thanked the riders who wore ribbons in memory of the young eventer at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials last week (4-8 May), in both the Mitsubishi Motors Cup and four-star competitions.
Izzy, 19, was killed in February while backpacking in Vietnam. She was a keen event rider and a member of the Midlands region under-18 CCIJ* team at Weston Park last year riding B Walt Lando Z.
After Izzy’s death her friend Mirelle Radley — who went to school with her and kept her horse on the same yard as Izzy for five years — decided to add a blue and white ribbon to her horse’s plaits at competitions and a ribbon to her jacket, in memory of Izzy, who rode in these colours.
Other riders have since picked up the idea. Those wearing the ribbons at Badminton included Ben Hobday — who had an emotional return to the event after battling cancer last year — and H&H blogger Simon Grieve.
“Mirelle has now made over 400 ribbons and continues to get requests from riders for them,” said Tracy. “It’s such a lovely tribute to Izzy.
“It was an honour to watch her ribbons being ridden around Badminton, as she would have loved to have done the four-star herself.
“A special thanks to Ben Hobday who wore Izzy’s ribbons while fulfilling his own dream this year! Plus a huge thanks to all eventers who have pledged to wear ribbons in Izzy’s memory this season.”
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The bodies of Sheffield-based Izzy, her 24-year-old sister Beth Anderson and Christian Sloan from Kent were found near a waterfall in Vietnam in February.
The sisters were seven weeks into a backpacking tour of South East Asia. They died while taking part in a licensed guided tour, according to the Foreign Commonwealth Office.