Beer shopkeeper named as tragic horse fall victim

Grandmother found dead.

POPULAR Beer shopkeeper Gillian Ashley, 60, has died in a tragic horse riding accident.

The grandmother of four, who ran Beer Village Store, was found by holidaymakers lying on a track off Quarry Lane, Beer, shortly after coming across her 14-hand Chestnut mare, on Paizen Lane at around 12.30pm on Thursday.

The two visitors carried out CPR, as did police and ambulance crew, on Mrs Ashley, who was wearing protective body armour and a riding helmet, but she was declared dead at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen Mrs Ashley, who moved to the area four years ago, out riding her horse between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Thursday, September 30, or who have may have heard any unusual noises that could have alarmed the horse.

Anyone with information should contact police on (08452) 777 444, quoting log number 428 300910.

A post mortem has been carried out and the death appears to have been a tragic accident.