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Girl, 2, dies falling from pony after animal gets ‘spooked during hunt’

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A two-year-old girl has died after falling from a "spooked" pony during a hunt meeting.

The toddler was taking part in The Bedale Hunt at Kirkby Fleetham in in North Yorkshire on Wednesday, September 15 when she was thrown from the animal.

Emergency services rushed to the scene following reports that a child had fallen from a horse on land near Northallerton.

The girl was taken to hospital where police confirmed she tragically died from her injuries in the early hours of Thursday morning.

A resident living in the nearby village of Hambleton told the MailOnline that the toddler's family saw the fall.

One said: "All we can think of is that something must have spooked the horse."

Another said: "The timing of the accident chimes with when we heard the hunting horn.

"I understand there were three horses with a toddler and a very young toddler. The young one must have slipped off."

He described the girl's death as a "terrible, terrible tragedy" and said the entire village "is shocked" by the news.

Officials at the Bedale Hunt said members are "devastated."

In a statement, a spokesman said: "We can confirm that a tragic accident happened on Wednesday, 15th September, when a two-year-old girl fell from her pony and subsequently lost her life.

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"As a community we are all completely devastated but are pulling together to support the family involved.

"Our sincere condolences go to all those affected and we urge that everybody respects the family's privacy during what is a very distressing time."

North Yorkshire Police say they are preparing a file for the coroner.

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A spokesman said about the fall: "It occurred at 8am on Wednesday, September, 15 2021, and the girl died at hospital during the early hours of Thursday.

"The girl's family are receiving specialist support while enquiries are ongoing into the incident.

"Police request that the family's privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

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