The Irish equestrian community has paid tributes following the tragic death of talented Mayo show jumper Jack Dodd.

 25 year old Jack from Foxford passed away on Wednesday in a Netherlands hospital, as a result of injuries he sustained in a car accident which occurred in Belgium last week. 

One of Ireland's best prospects, he 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 show jumping reserved for talented young athletes.

After spending several years learning his trade from the world's top riders, Jack worked at Bertram Allen's yard in Germany before setting up his own business in Balen Belgium, where he achieved success both in Young Horse events and in the top international classes in European show jumping.

Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy has paid his respects to Jack’s family and recognised the Mayo man's talent on a saddle.

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

Irish Show Jumping Development Team Manager Michael Blake also offered condolence to Jack’s  parents  Trish and David and praised the youngsters motivation to achieve the life he dreamed of.


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