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Horse woman's death 'accidental'

An inquest jury has returned a verdict of accidental death in the case of a Nottinghamshire woman who was kicked in the head by a horse.

Lucie Simpson, 20, from Carlton, died in May at the West Bridgford Equestrian Centre, after helping a vet with a mare and its foal.

Nottingham Coroner's Court heard the vet had tried to resuscitate her but she died from bleeding on the brain.

Her family said working with horses had been her "dream job".

Not suspicious

Lucie's parents Keryn, 45, and Mick, 59, said she had only been taken on full-time at the centre in recent weeks after a number of part-time jobs.

Mr Simpson said: "She had always wanted to work with horses.

"On the day she died she was offered the chance to be in charge of looking after the younger staff.

"She just wanted to work with animals, particularly horses. We always used to tell Lucie that if she wanted to do something she should give it her all to make it happen.

"She took that to heart and was going to fulfil her dreams."

Nottinghamshire Police began an investigation into Lucie's death but a spokesman said it was not being treated as suspicious.

A police spokesman added: "The Health and Safety Executive is conducting its own investigation."

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