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Girl, 9, who died from a horse kick while riding is named

A file picture of a horse. Credit: Reuters

A nine-year-old girl has died after being kicked by a horse while riding her pony.

Bonnie Armitage suffered severe injuries while she was out riding at an event in Miserden, near Shroud, Cheltenham on Saturday morning.

She was airlifted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where she later died.

A source told the Press Association: "My understanding is that she was riding slightly behind a bigger horse that kicked out at her pony.

"The kick caught her. It was a tragic accident."

The incident happened at a farm.

The girl was a pupil at St Hugh's preparatory school in Faringdon, Oxon., where her father Nick Armitage, 40, is a deputy head and housemaster.

Headmaster Andrew Nott paid tribute to the student, saying the school's thoughts are with her family.

The entire school community was devastated to learn of the tragic death of one of our pupils, Bonnie Armitage, following a riding accident on Saturday.

Bonnie, the daughter of a member of our staff, was a truly lovely, talented girl who was bright, kind, compassionate and full of joy.

– Andrew Nott, headmaster at St Hugh's

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said officers were called to a farm in Miserden at around 1pm on 2 April.

Police confirmed they are not treating the incident as suspicious.