Tiggy Hancock Death: We are saddened to announce to the public the death of a young Rider, Tiggy Hancock. She passed away on June 16, 2021. Tiggy Hancock suffered serious accident on Wednesday afternoon which resulted to her death.
Tiggy Hancock died at the age of 15. Investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of death, Horse Sport Ireland, the governing body for equestrian sport in Ireland, said ‘the young athlete was seriously injured in a tragic accident at a training session this afternoon’.
Gardaí confirmed that officers from Ballyfermot responded to a call from an equestrian centre at Tay Lane in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, at around 2pm following an accident involving a 15-year-old girl during a training exercise.
“Dublin Fire Brigade and the National Ambulance Service were in attendance and providing medical assistance to a young female (15 years) who was injured during an exercise event. She was removed to Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin where she later passed away,” gardaí said in a statement at the time.
Officials from the Greenogue Equestrian Centre where the accident took place declined to comment on Wednesday evening.
In 2019, Tiggy Hancock burst onto the high-performance eventing scene with her wonder ponies Coppenagh Spring Sparrow and Corries Whiskey (ISH), kicking off the season with a top three finish on both ponies in the EI100 pony competition at Tyrella. Little did she know then that in that same year she would go on to win a team medal for her country at the European Championships.
“My family has always been quite involved with horses and I can’t really remember a time without them,” Tiggy begins. “My older sisters Eliza and Lucy have both evented to a high level, Lucy has evented to three-star level and my mum Jane is very involved in the sport too.
“I was a member of the Kilkenny Pony Club when I was younger and did everything from hunting to showjumping. I really enjoyed showing ponies too, especially in the working hunter competitions. I made lots of great friends through showing and it’s very competitive too, so I really enjoyed it.”
“I had done some high-performance training with Horse Sport Ireland in the spring and that was a really good experience. The coaching was really good, and everyone was very helpful. But with it being my first year really focusing on eventing I wasn’t aiming for the Europeans. Then we did really well at the national events and after Kilguilkey international I got selected.
“I was so excited when I heard the news and I was so proud of my pony because Kilguilkey was our first international together. It took a while to sink in that I was going to the European Championships, but I was very proud to be part of an Irish Team. Then to come home from the European Championships with a medal was amazing. I’d love to aim for the European Championships again, I have two years left in ponies so hopefully I’ll get the chance to go again.”
Tiggy is a regular at the UK’s Horse of the Year Show, having qualified to compete at the show on five occasions. Last year, Tiggy competed three ponies at the show with Corries Jack In A Box going on to finish seventh overall in the Pony Society/Snuggy Hoods 133cm Working Hunter Pony Of The Year.
Investigations are still going on. A file will be prepared for the Coroners Court, according to gardaí. We mourn with those who were affected by the death of the young athelete.