A Hamilton woman died in a horse riding accident at Morven Park in Leesburg Tuesday.
Nicolle Villers-Amatt, a 40-year-old mother and veteran rider, suffered a fall while jumping a log fence, according to Morven Park officials. She was transported to a local hospital, where she died.
“It is with great sadness that me and my daughter lost my wife and mother yesterday due to a catastrophic riding accident,” Neil Amatt, the deceased's husband, said in a statement on Facebook. “Nicolle died doing what she loved. It was quick and painless, and she was not alone – I thank Katie MacSwain for being with her. She was the best mother and wife any man could ask for.”
“Details of Nicolle’s memorial service we will be announced at a later date. Please keep her mother and our daughter in your prayers,” Amatt said.
Villers-Amatt had been eventing since the 1990s, according to Morven Park's statement. She ran Five Point Performance Horses, a business developing young event horses and fox hunters.