A 22-year-old work rider at trainer Iain Jardine’s yard in Dumfries has died following a fall on the gallops on Tuesday. Natasha Galpin sustained fatal injuries when the horse she was riding suffered a ruptured artery. An accomplished event rider, she was a full-time member of Jardine’s staff and ran her own livery yard.
The trainer issued a statement that said: “It is with great sadness that the team at Iain Jardine Racing wish to report that we suffered a tragic accident on our grass gallops, which has resulted in the untimely death of Natasha Galpin, as well as the loss of a horse. Sadly, our horse suffered a ruptured artery during work, resulting in the unavoidable and unpredictable accident. He was given all the necessary care and treatment required.
“Our main priority has been Natasha and the rest of our staff, who are distraught at the loss of a colleague and friend but have been extremely supportive of each other. As a team, we are doing our best to cope with this devastating situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with Natasha’s parents and sisters at this time, and we hope you will join us in respecting their privacy.”
The British Horseracing Authority’s chief executive, Nick Rust, said in a statement: “I know I speak for everyone at the BHA when I say we are truly shocked and devastated.