Castleford teacher dies after falling from horse

Jayne Goodwin from Wakefield, who died in hospital after falling from her horse Kali.
Jayne Goodwin from Wakefield, who died in hospital after falling from her horse Kali.
Have your say

A TEACHER was tragically killed when she fell from a horse she raised from a foal in a freak riding accident.

Jayne Goodwin, 44, had been out with two friends when her six-year-old Freisian mare, Kali, suddenly bolted as she tried to mount her.

Jayne, who was a teacher at Half Acres school in Castleford, was found bleeding and unconscious on the ground just yards from the stables.

She suffered massive brain injuries and died three weeks after the accident, when the decision was made to switch off her life-support machine on January 29.

Riding companion Georgie Adkin, 20, a law student who had been riding with Jayne for seven years said: “Kali was Jayne’s baby, she was her pride and joy.

“She knew she was a bit flighty and spooky but she always said she wouldn’t have her any other way.”

Georgie added: “She was the most kind-hearted person I’ve ever met. I don’t think I will ever know generosity like hers again.

“There will be a Jayne-shaped hole in my life forever but I hope I can make her proud.”

Since the accident on January 9, Georgie has been staying at Jayne’s home in Wakefield, looking after and re-homing her many animals including six cats, three dogs and three gerbils.

She had seven horses and six are remaining in Georgie’s care at Jayne’s Springs Wood Black Horses Stables.

Kali is currently being looked after at a black Freisian specialists in the Lake District.

Georgie added: “The ironic thing is Jayne knew of the dangers and was the most safety conscious person I have met.

“She always wore a body protector in case of a fall, and she was even wearing a new helmet that night.”

Jayne, who is originally of Stockton-on-Tees, leaves behind her parents Audrey, 76, and Frank, 82.

She was an experienced horse rider who had previously won several local dressage competitions.

Jayne’s funeral will be held at Rothwell Holy Trinity Church on Church Street on Tuesday, February 11, at 1.15pm.

Donations will be taken for the Leeds General Infirmary neurology Intensive Care Unit as well as Hope Pastures Horse and Donkey Sanctuary, which is based in Eccup, Leeds.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

Sheffield Mutual achieves solid results as investment ISA grows in popularity