Point-to-point tragedy at Charing


We are greatly saddened to have to share the devastating news that Keagan Kirkby lost his life today when riding in the point-to-point at Charing.

We send our deepest condolences to Keagan’s family and to all the team at Ditcheat where he played such an integral part and was held in the highest regard.

We are thinking of all those who mourn this tragic loss and our hearts go out to them.

God bless you Keagan. Rest In Peace. 🙏🙏🙏

Statement from the IJF:

“It is with deep sadness that we have to report that West Country point-to-point rider, Keagan Kirkby, 25, has died following a fall at Charing point-to-point in Kent today.

His horse, trained locally, ran out through the wing of a fence on the second circuit of the final race. The on course Medical Team attended immediately and despite additional support from a 999 Helicopter Emergency Services Crew, he could not be saved.

Keagan was a respected member of the Paul Nicholls team, who joined in 2019 and who had been awarded employee of the month in December 2021. He was shortlisted for the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards in the Rider / Groom category 2024.

We kindly ask that everyone respects the privacy of Keagan’s family and the team at Paul Nicholls Racing at this tragic time.”

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