Teenage equestrian star dies in horse riding accident in Cambridgeshire

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2019

Iona Sclater, a young, talented up and coming event rider has passed away due to an accident whilst riding.

Sclater was believed to be one of the stars of the future in her sport and had already achieved a fourth and second place in Pony Trial events at Weston Park and the Lincolnshire Horse Trials.

It was announced yesterday that she'd been killed in an accident at her home. She fell Sunday morning at her family's house in Cambridgeshire.

"Sadly, despite the best efforts of all involved, the girl died at the scene".

British Eventing said Sclater was one of the bright stars of the sport.

She was described as an "exceptionally talented and dedicated young rider" by the governing body for national equestrian eventing, British Eventing. In just five seasons competing with British Eventing, Iona amassed 33 top ten results and represented the Eastern region four times at the Under 18 Regional Team Championships (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019).

Iona is survived by her parents, Charles and Hetty, and sisters Lara and Alicia.

In an impassioned response on the social media site, Hetty said: "Some sick individual has set up an Iona Sclater Funeral Fund - Please do not donate".

"Iona's family have been overwhelmed with the enormous display of love and support at this devastating time. You were such a big part of the equine community and will never be forgotten". She would always pick people up when they were down and enjoyed every moment with everyone.

Iona's final post on her Instagram account shows a photograph of her with a horse she rode, and the caption: "Find me someone who looks at me the way Swatchy does". "Another angel gone too soon".

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