Jack de Bromhead’s parents have spoken of their sadness at the tragic death of their “extraordinary and beautiful” son.
The racing community mourned Sunday after the death of Jack, the 13-year-old son of two-time Gold Cup winner Henry de Bromhead, in a pony racing accident on Saturday.
The teenager was fatally injured in an incident in race five on day one of the Glenbeigh Festival.
Gardai and emergency services were called to the scene of the crime on Rossbeigh beach around 5.20pm where the young driver was treated but was later pronounced dead. The event was canceled immediately.
An official notice was posted online on Sunday afternoon, followed by a heartfelt message from his grieving family.
It read: “On September 3rd we said goodbye to our extraordinary, beautiful 13-year-old son, Jack.
“A unique child who touched all of our lives in the best possible way – he will be a part of our lives forever. Always appreciated, always loved, frozen in time with a beautiful young soul. He was an amazing son who told us every day that he loves us – an overflowing heart of loyalty, empathy, patience, courage, courage and how he made us laugh.
“Not only the perfect, fun, loving son, but also an incredibly loving brother to our beautiful daughters, his twin sister Mia and little sister Georgia. He always stood behind them and was extremely loyal and kind. Our hearts are really broken.
“He made so many friends wherever he went and they also felt his special, unique and loyal touch in their lives. We ask them to celebrate and love him as we know he would have wished.
“Jack has lived so many more years than 13 – filling every moment of his days, always busy, always curious to grasp life and new interests.
“The passion he had for his family and friends extended to all of his hobbies and interests – too many to fit into 13 years and certainly too busy to spend more than a minute more in the classroom than necessary.
“It started with his work on the farm, the tractor, the cattle, the ponies and the horses. By the time he was 10, he was a passionate expert on them all. At 11 he offered his father expert advice and guidance on training horses while developing his father’s passion for all aspects of racing.”
His parents said he recently opened a new school where he made new friends.
“Jack’s friendships were deep and loyal and he valued them very much,” they added.
“Jack, you will always be in our homes, in the hearts of your family and friends. Always present, always treasured with so many memories of your packed, extraordinary life.
“Deeply loved and missed by your parents, Henry and Heather, your sisters Mia and Georgia, your grandparents Andrew, Marian, Harry and Sally, your aunts and uncles, your extended family and friends.”
Legendary trainer Jonjo O’Neill was among those paying tribute to Jack following his tragic death.
“Absolutely tragic news about Jack De Bromhead. My heart breaks for his family. There are simply no words.
“We send all our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends,” Jonjo said on Twitter.
Ronan O’Gara offered his condolences to the De Bromhead family on the death of Jack, adding: “It’s heartbreaking.”
“Thoughts and prayers from the de Bromhead family. A 13 year old boy doing what he loved. The poor family. Heart hurts,” Ronan said.
Jack was from Waterford and Cllr Cristíona Kiely said there has been “devastation” in the county since news of Jack’s death broke.
“Waterford has been devastated since the terribly sad news broke about young Jack de Bromhead.
“My thoughts and tears are with his poor mother, father and sisters at their unimaginable loss. Also to his extended family, his racing family, his young friends and his community,” said Cllr Kiely.
Former Limerick hurler and Sunday Game pundit Shane Dowling described Jack’s death as “just heartbreaking. What can anyone say?”.
Racing expert and broadcaster Kevin Blake said, “There are no words” to describe Jack’s tragic death: “What a devastating tragedy. R.I.P. Jack De Bromhead”.
Suzanne Eade, CEO of Horse Racing Ireland, offered her condolences to the De Bromhead family.
She said: “Like everyone in the horse racing and pony racing community, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to his parents Henry and Heather, his sisters Mia and Georgia and extended family on the tragic loss of their beloved Jack.
“Jack was only 13 but he was already incredibly popular in the racing community. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, his fellow pony racers and everyone he touched today during this deafening, devastating tragedy.
“Horse Racing Ireland’s Equipment Department will be available to help advise colleagues and friends of Jack’s Pony Racing through the Industry Assistance Scheme. Rest in peace.”
A spokesman on behalf of the CEO of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, Darragh O’Loughlin, said: “The Directors and staff of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board extend their deepest condolences to the De Bromhead family for the tragic loss of Jack yesterday. Rest in peace.”
The British Horseracing Authority tweeted: “The BHA sends its deepest condolences to the family of Henry de Bromhead following the tragic death of his son Jack.”
Pony Racing Ireland tweeted: “We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jack de Bromhead who tragically passed away in Glenbeigh on Saturday.
“It is impossible to put into words the sorrow and loss felt by all involved, so please give them time to grieve. RIP Jack.”
A pony race was held in front of the show in York on Sunday, with the young riders taking part in a minute’s silence beforehand.
York tweeted: “Following the tragic death of Jack de Bromhead in an accident yesterday in Ireland, the jockeys riding in the @ponyracinggb pony races today observed a minute’s silence as a show of respect for Jack.
“Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to Jack’s family and friends.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/horse-racing/jack-de-bromhead-described-as-a-beautiful-young-soul-by-family-as-tributes-paid-across-sporting-world-following-tragic-death-41960256.html Jack de Bromhead was described by family as “a beautiful young soul” as tributes were paid across the sporting world following his tragic death