Amatts

Neil Amatt with his daughter, Zara, and late wife, Nicolle Villers-Amatt. Villers-Amatt died Oct. 8 during a horse riding accident.

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.

A GoFundMe page has been established as a Nicolle Amatt Memorial Fund.

(3) comments

More Cowbell

Sorry to hear. You don't realize how big a horse is until you get in the saddle.


workhardgetahead

To the husband Neil, I know where you are my friend. You too are.in my prayers.


CindyLou

OMG how tragic and heartbreaking. Prayers to this dear family.


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