An inquest has been opened into the death of a woman from Ashill, who died after being kicked by a horse she had raised since birth.
Mary Hancy, 55, was grooming one of the horses in a yard when it kicked out at her and left her with head and abdomen injuries.
She had worked for Howard Rose at the Crows Hall Hannoverian Stud in Norwich, and competed in equestrian events all her life.
An air ambulance took her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after the accident on Sunday, January 11, but doctors could not save her.
Her daughter Kelly Hancy, 24, said her mum was in the “wrong place at the wrong time”.
Mrs Hancy would frequently groom Kelly’s horse in preparation for competitions. She also worked as a lorry driver for family haulage business R Hancy and Sons that she ran with her husband Steve, 59.
But her real passion was horses and her close friend Howard Rose said the whole of the horsing community was in “shock”. He said: “She was an exceptional horsewoman and worked for me since she was 13 years old.
“Mary was one of those people that if someone was in trouble she would be sure to help. We’re all in shock really, it’s terribly sad.”
An inquest was opened on Thursday and adjourned for a full hearing at Lynn County Court on March 9.