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Showjumping star Stephen Moore’s final farewell

By Victoria O'Hara

The Northern Ireland showjumper Stephen Moore, who died two weeks after falling from his horse, was filled with “unassuming kindness and generosity” mourners have been told.

Family and friends attended the funeral of the 45-year-old at Aghadowey Presbyterian Church near Coleraine.

This is the second tragedy the Moore family have experienced in recent years. Stephen’s brother Samuel died in 1997 following a riding accident.

Stephen, originally from Garvagh, died suddenly on Friday evening in hospital after collapsing at home.

On August 2, while competing at Glenarm, Co Antrim, he was seriously injured and suffered a broken collarbone and broken ribs.

It is thought his death was as a result of complications arising from a punctured lung.

During the service, friend Denis Currie paid tribute to his former riding competitor.

“Stephen was, as usual, helping his brother in England when Samuel suffered that fatal accident while competing at Blenheim International Horse Trials on September 7, 1997,” he said.

“Stephen was such a kind, generous warm-hearted unassuming person — many of us probably underestimated him as a person and as a horseman.

“After Sam’s tragic death in 1997, we all admired Stephen’s determination and courage to come home and take over Sam’s business at Drumeen Lodge and continue in the sport which robbed him of his brother,” he said.

Stephen was brought up on the family farm on the Coleraine Road, Garvagh along with his late brother Samuel, Thomas and sisters Sharon and Heather.

Mr Currie said Stephen helped to set up a charity in his brother’s name to help injured riders.

“Along with his cousin Nigel and a few friends, he organised the Sam Moore fund which supports a variety of safety initiatives in various equestrian disciplines, as well as covering the cost of paramedic cover at all our northern region one day events,” he said.

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