Equestrians in Britain have taken to social media to share pictures of themselves riding in memory of nine-year-old Bonnie Armitage, who died during a hunt last weekend.
The #BlueForBonnie campaign is similar to last month’s #RideForOlivia, in honour of Australian eventer Olivia Inglis, who died in a cross-country fall. Blue was Bonnie’s favourite colour, and riders have been sharing pictures of themselves dressed in blue, on social media channels including Facebook and Twitter.
Bonamie Armitage was riding her shetland pony Lindsay with the Cotswold Hunt in Miserden last Saturday when a horse in front kicked out, striking her in the chest. CPR was administered and she was airlifted to hospital but sadly died the same day. She was wearing a helmet and body protector.
A statement from her parents, Nick and Polly, said: “Our daughter, Bonnie, was a wonderful person. She was a beautiful, vivacious and compassionate girl, who touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.
“She loved riding, and was never happier than when with her Shetland pony, Lindsay.
“We will miss her more than we can say, and we greatly value the prayers of so many of our friends.”
All disciplines from the equestrian world including racing have posted with the #BlueForBonnie hashtag, including eventers Kitty King, Laura Collett, and Emily King, who said: “Our world can be awfully cruel at times. A beautiful young life taken far far too young. RIP.”
Bonnie lived with her parents and brother and sister in a village near Wantage in Oxfordshire.
An inquest into her death opens this week.