Horse trainer dies in riding accident in Australia

Hana Dickson died on Saturday morning after a riding accident. 
Hana Dickson died on Saturday morning after a riding accident. © Hana Dickson/Facebook

A 31-year-old horse trainer has died in a riding accident south of Perth, in Western Australia.

Hana Dickson fell from the horse during a training ride on Saturday morning at Hopeland. It is believed she may have hit a tree.

Hana Dickson, 31, had been training racehorses for about 10 years. 
Hana Dickson, 31, had been training racehorses for about 10 years. © Hana Dickson/Facebook

Others were alerted when the three-year-old filly returned to the stables without her.

CPR was performed on her at the scene.

An ambulance was called to the Jarrah Road property about 9.30am. Dickson was taken to Rockingham Hospital but was declared dead shortly after arrival.

Police are said to be preparing a report for the coroner.

Dickson was a well-known equestrian in the local community. She has been a racehorse trainer for about 10 years, and was about to return to the racing scene after a two-year break. Disciple was to start at the Belmont races on Saturday but was scratched after the accident.

Dickson was also involved in showjumping and eventing, and tributes from shocked friends and fellow equestrians have flowed for her on social media.

“You were such a beautiful person with a heart of gold,” wrote one. “The world is going to be a much sadder place without you.”

Others talked of how they cherished her friendship. They spoke of her warmth and kindheartedness, and her love of horses.

Her sister, Sarah, said: “I miss you already. I have lost my sister and best friend. Please let me wake up tomorrow and this was a dream.

“Walking away from you in the hospital was the hardest thing I have ever done. Somebody wake me up from this nightmare.”

Good friend Kate Lilly said: Such a beautiful kind-hearted soul taken much too soon. I will always cherish the few conversations we had, and I just wish we had more time. I am absolutely heart broken and I will miss you very much. Thankyou for everything you did for me and the horses, I will never forget you.”

Krystal Harvey Jose said: “Rest in paradise Hana you were so loved and respected in the equine world. We all looked up to you such a beautiful person inside and out. You gave me so much advice and were so knowledgeable you will be very greatly missed.”

WA Racing Trainers Association president Trevor Andrews said Dickson was well respected by her peers. “Everybody’s shocked by it,” he told Perth Now. “She died doing what she loved, but she was too young. We’re all saddened by what’s happened. She was a lovely young lady … it’s a tragedy to lose someone so young who was so passionate about her horses.”

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