Tragic Loss in the Racing Community
Kirkby’s Untimely Passing
Keagan Kirkby, a beloved West Country point-to-point rider and valued member of Paul Nicholls’ team, has passed away following a fall at Charing point-to-point in Kent. Kirkby, 25, had been an essential part of Nicholls’ stable since 2019 and was recently recognised for his dedication in the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards.
The incident occurred when Kirkby’s horse veered out through the wing of a fence during the final race. Despite immediate medical attention and efforts from emergency services, he could not be saved.
Life is so hard sometimes , winners totally insignificant compared to what has happened today . Sadly Keagan Kirby one of our best , hardworking lads lost his life today riding in a point to point . All at team ditcheat are mortified . Thoughts with all his friends and family.
— Paul Nicholls OBE (@PFNicholls) February 4, 2024
A Heartfelt Tribute
Paul Nicholls expressed profound grief, emphasizing Kirkby’s hard work and passion for riding. In a poignant post, Nicholls shared Kirkby’s dedication and love for his job, recalling his last words predicting a victory for the horse he rode daily.
The entire racing community mourns the loss of such a promising talent. BHA chief executive Julie Harrington echoed sentiments of sorrow, highlighting Kirkby’s outstanding qualities and urging respect for his family’s privacy during this difficult time.
— Jeremy R.M. Scott (@holworthyfarm) February 4, 2024