“She was a professional horse trainer, riding instructor, equestrian coach, judge, competitor, team manager and role-model to many”
A 44-YEAR-old Kimberley woman, Lindy Tait, died in the early hours of yesterday morning after sustaining a head injury when she was thrown from a horse at the weekend.
According to a family member, the accident happened on Saturday morning and Tait was admitted to the intensive care unit at Mediclinic Gariep. She underwent brain surgery but passed away at around 1.20am yesterday morning.
Tait, who gave horse riding lessons at Mein Heim Estate, had given two classes earlier on Saturday morning when the accident happened.
Tait was described as a passionate member of the Kimberley equestrian community and was well known throughout the country as a South African Show Judge.
“She was a professional horse trainer, riding instructor, equestrian coach, judge, competitor, team manager and role-model to many,” her family stated.
“Lindy did what she loved doing every day: schooling horses in the dressage arena in Kimberley, wearing a proper riding helmet, when an unfortunate accident led to her taking a fall and sustaining extensive brain injuries before passing away,” said Jaco Fourie, who is a fellow equestrian/trainer.
Tait attended school locally, first at Kimberley Junior School and later Kimberley Girls’ High School.
Over the years, she trained many young people in horse riding.
“Her place on the side of the competition arena will be missed by many, her place in the memories of all the many children that she brought joy to through horses will not be empty,” said Fourie.
She leaves a son, Antonie “Tiaan” Roets, who is currently in matric and is also a keen horse rider, having competed in many dressage events.
No funeral arrangements have been made yet.