Teacher dies in riding accident

  • An amateur dressage rider has died following injuries incurred when she fell from a horse that she had raised as a foal.

    Jayne Goodwin, 44, a primary school teacher from West Yorkshire, was returning home from an evening ride with friends on 9 January, when her 6-year-old Friesian mare, Kali, bolted as she was trying to remount after closing a gate.

    Miss Goodwin was knocked unconscious and was taken by paramedics to Leeds General Infirmary. She had suffered massive brain injuries in the fall and the decision was taken to switch off her ventilated life support machine, an inquest heard at Wakefield Coroners Court last week (5 February).

    She was known to be very “safety conscious” — friends said she always wore a body protector and was wearing a new helmet the night of the fall.

    Miss Goodwin was an experienced rider, who was a regular competitor on the local dressage circuit. She had 7 horses, 6 of whom are currently at her stables being looked after by her friend Georgie Adkin.

    Kali is in the care of a Friesian specialist in the Lake District.

    The funeral took place today (Tuesday 11 February) at Rothwell Trinity Church.

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