Wednesday 12 December 2018

Showjumping in shock at tragic death

Showjumper Jack Dodd
Showjumper Jack Dodd

Mícheál Ó Scannáil

An Irish showjumper who tragically died after a car accident in Belgium last week has been described as "one of life's great guys".

Many in Ireland's equestrian community have paid tribute following the death of Jack Dodd (25).

The young man passed away on Wednesday in a Netherlands hospital as a result of injuries he sustained in the accident.

One of Ireland's best prospects, Dodd won the FEI European Championships in Arezzo, Italy, as part of the Irish team in 2014.

He was also selected in the International Young Riders Academy, a prestigious position in showjumping reserved for talented young athletes.

Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy paid his respects to Dodd's family and recognised the Mayo man's talent in the saddle.

"Jack Dodd was an extremely talented and hard-working young man and was much loved by all who met him," he said.

Irish Showjumping development team manager Michael Blake said: "I and everybody else are devastated at the tragic news of Jack's passing.

"I offer my heartfelt sympathy to his parents Trish and David, along with all of his family and numerous friends.

"Jack, we will miss you terribly, you were truly one of life's great guys.

"Rest in peace, heaven has gained an angel."

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