Tributes have been paid to a young rider who died following an accident involving a horse.
Iain Jardine Racing said that team member Natasha Galpin, 22, died following a “tragic accident” at the grass gallops on Tuesday when a horse suffered a ruptured artery.
She was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where she died on Wednesday.
The horse also died following the incident at the Hetland Hill Stables, Carrutherstown in Dumfries and Galloway.
In a statement issued through the National Trainers Federation, Iain Jardine Racing said: “Our main priority throughout has been Natasha and the rest of our staff, who are distraught at the loss of a colleague and friend but have been extremely supportive of each other.
“As a team here, we are doing our best to get through and cope with this devastating situation.
“Natasha was an experienced and valued full-time member of Team IJR. She was an accomplished event rider and ran her own livery yard. She worked alongside her boyfriend Olyn.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Natasha’s parents and sisters at this very sad time and we hope you will join us in respecting their privacy.”
Police said the Procurator Fiscal has been told about the incident.
Members of the racing community have sent messages of support to the yard.
Scottish Racing tweeted: “We are so shocked and sorry to hear the awful news about Natasha Galpin, work rider for @jardineracing.
“Our deepest condolences and thoughts go to her family, friends and all the team at the yard.”
Nick Rust, chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, said: “I know I speak for everyone at the BHA when I say we are truly shocked and devastated about this tragic news.
“While such incidents are extremely rare there is an element of risk every time a rider sits on any horse and as such we must never take for granted the bravery and commitment of our workforce.
“Our sport relies on their dedication in providing first-class care for our horses and we are grateful to them all.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Natasha Galpin and the yard of Iain Jardine.
“We will work with the authorities and provide support to the yard at this difficult time.”