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Jacques de Broomhead: Died at Glenby on Saturday

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Written by Brian Dowling

The remainder of this year’s horse and pony racing season in Ireland has been suspended as a sign of respect for the De Broomhead family following the tragic death of their son Jack in Glenby on Saturday.

Pony Racing officials announced via Twitter Monday morning that all remaining matches for the season have been cancelled.

PonyRacing.ie tweeted: “Horse and pony races have been suspended for the remainder of the season out of respect for Jacques de Broomhead. Our priority now is to support all those affected by this tragedy. Rest in peace Jack. Forever in our thoughts.”

Tribute continued to pour in on social media for the 13-year-old pony-racing fanatic, son of Henry and Heather de Broomhead, who lost his life after a bizarre fall at the meeting at Rossby Strand.

The Glenbeigh Festival and Racing Committee also issued an honest statement acknowledging the devastating accident.

“As parents, our hearts go out to the de Broomhead family and our deepest sympathies are with them at this sad time,” the statement read.

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“As a committee and a community, we all grieve together, and a small life that must be cut short under any circumstances is something that should not happen.

“We would like to commend all the local doctors, nurses, vets and responders who helped at the scene as well as the Irish Red Cross, the Irish Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance.

We would also like to thank HPRA [Horse and Pony Racing Association] For their constant help all the time and to our hosts and volunteers for their help and support.

“At the right hand of God his spirit shall be [May his holy soul be on the right side of God]. “

De Bromhead will rest at the family home on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The house is private at all other times.

Mass will be held on Wednesday at 12 noon at the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Butlerstown, followed by a private cremation.

First published at 12:18pm on Sep 5, 2022