Jack de Bromhead, jockey and son of a professional horse trainer, tragically passed away at the age of 13 after falling off his pony during the Glenbeigh Racing Festival.
“On September 3rd we said goodbye to our extraordinary, beautiful 13-year-old son, Jack,” his death notice read. “He was an amazing son who told us he loved us every day – an over-brimming heart of loyalty, empathy, patience, pluck, courage, and how he made us laugh!”
The notice included the sentiments, “Not only the perfect, funny, loving son but also an incredible, loving brother to our beautiful daughters, his twin sister Mia and his little sister, Georgia. He always had their back and was fiercely loyal and kind. Our hearts are truly broken.
The child was a participant in the 2022 Glenbeigh Racing Festival which took place in Ireland. According to the BBC, Jack was thrown from his pony and suffered serious injuries. He was pronounced dead on the scene by first responders.
Although his life was undoubtedly short-lived, his family wrote that he lived well beyond 13 years. “Jack has lived so many more years than the thirteen – he filled every moment of his days, always busy, forever curious grasping at life and new interests,” his family noted.
Family mourns the loss of Jack de Bromhead
“He filled every moment of his days, always busy, forever curious grasping at life and new interests. The passion he had for his family and friends extended to all his hobbies and interests – too many to fit into 13 years and certainly too busy to spend more than a minute more than he had to in the classroom,” the Bromhead continued, explaining the free spirit Jack possessed.
The jockey was the son of Henry de Bromhead, a top horse trainer in Ireland, and had a passion for horses embedded in his DNA. Growing up, he was drawn to the farm, the tractor, cattle, ponies, and horses. By the time he turned 10, he was well equipped to handle livestock and was considered an expert in horses.
“Jack, you will be with us always at home in your family and friends’ hearts,” the death notice concluded. “Always present, always cherished with so many memories from your packed, extraordinary life.”
The 13-year-old is survived by his two parents, Henry and Heather, two sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and close friends.
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