Rider, 22, dies in her sleep days after falling from horse

A young horsewoman died in her sleep just days after suffering a riding fall.

Becky Hastie, 22, was found by her parents at the family home.

Her death may have been caused by a horse-riding injury, which was not thought to be serious at the time.

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Becky Hastie died in her sleep just days after falling from her horse

A week before she died, Miss Hastie told friends she had fallen from her horse Piccolo on to a paved road, causing a nose bleed.

She is believed to have gone to bed complaining of feeling tired last Friday night but never woke up.

Her parents could not revive her when they discovered her on Saturday morning.

Parents Rhona and David and her brother Darrell, 25, were too upset to comment
last night.

News of her death has shocked neighbours in Kelso, Roxburghshire.

A family friend said yesterday: "Becky fell from her horse with quite a thud on to Tarmac and ended up with a bleeding nose.

"Her mum never thought anything of it at the time but obviously it is a different matter
now. It is quite ironic if this turns out to be the reason, given Becky¿s love for horses.

"She was obsessed with them."

Her boyfriend Gareth Jones left tributes on her page on the Bebo social networking website, saying: "I can¿t believe that you are gone. I just wish that I could have spent more than the last few weeks together to get to know you better.

"At least in that space of time we managed to put a smile on each other¿s faces.

"You will always have a place in my heart and there won¿t be a day that goes by without me thinking of you and your random questions.

"You may be gone but you will never be forgotten. R.I.P Becky. xxxxx"

Her friend Matthew Wilkie wrote: "You were one in a million. Why you? You¿ll be sadly missed."

Miss Hastie, whose funeral is due to take place on Tuesday, was a regular competitor at equestrian events in the area.

After graduating in modern European languages and European Union studies last summer, she worked for six months at the Floors Estate Stud in Kelso.

A spokesman there said: "Becky used to go down to Newmarket to show and sell yearlings.

"She was a total natural when it came to horses, it seemed to be her life. It¿s a real shame what happened.

¿"We were all shocked when we heard the news. She was a real nice kid who just loved being about horses.

"Becky will be sadly missed and our thoughts go out to her family at this terrible time."

The results of a postmortem examination were expected today.

Lothian and Borders Police have already said there were no suspicious  circumstances surrounding the death.

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