AN EVENT rider who was part of the Cottesmore Hunt died suddenly on Thursday after apparently being kicked by a horse.
Jo Lomas, 49, was found collapsed with a severe chest injury in the paddock at her home in Pickwell near Somerby.
It is believed she had just turned out two horses into the field and may have been kicked.
The air ambulance was called, but paramedics confirmed she had died. A post mortem was being held on Monday.
A natural, accomplished rider, with a warm, outgoing personality, Jo Lomas was popular in eventing and hunting in the area.
She had been married to Mark Lomas, a QC who practises in London, for two years. They were both keen members of the Cottesmore mounted field and Mark encouraged Jo when she resumed eventing recently with her horse, the grey gelding Spring Kestrel.
Earlier on the day of her death Mrs Lomas and her daughter, Harriet Herbert, had been showjumping at Weston Lawns, where Jo was third in her class. She had qualified for the Grass Roots contest at Badminton Horse Trials which she was looking forward to next spring.
Harriet is Jo’s daughter from her first marriage to former eventer Richard Allen, son of former British Eventing chairman Michael Allen of Brooke. Harriet is also an event rider, keeping horses at her grandparents’ yard in Brooke. Jo is also survived by two sons from her first marriage, Freddie and Jack.
Brought up in Derbyshire, Jo, nee Wigglesworth, began eventing in the Meynell and South Staffs Pony Club. She came second on her mare Magenta in the pony club event championships, the pair going on to compete in the European Young Rider championships at Burghley in 1983.