Ella Popely

The beautiful and talented Ella Popely tragically lost her life in a car accident just 10 days after her 18th birthday. Here, we paid tribute to a bright, fun-loving, hard-working young girl who represented Britain at children-on-horses and junior level and had a fantastic future ahead of her. Taken far too soon. RIP Ella, it was a pleasure to know you.

Ella and Show Me Again at HOYS in 2010

Best friends forever - with Amy Inglis, Lulu Warren and Lucy Blake

Riding the home-bred Little Luidam - out of a Darco mare and by the stallion Luidam, ridden to success by Ella's father John until he was sold to Billy Twomey and went on to 5* glory.

The beautiful Ella.

Ella riding Tita II

with Amaryllis Van De Heffinck, a favourite mare of Nicole Pavitt's whom Ella borrowed to contend Children-on-Horses classes with success.

Jumping Billy of Diamonds in the Children-on-Horses European trials at Wales and West in 2010.

Another with Show Me Again in the HOYS 128cm final in 2010.

with Lulu Warren.

and another with Amaryllis 'Poppy' Van De Heffinck

Jumping at Chepstow 2* aboard Mac One III in 2016.

Talent at an early age - Ella and Show Me Again jump at HOYS

with best friend Lulu Warren.

Ella winning at Olympia in 2009.

Sleep tight Ella, you will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

Photos © Jumping Around & courtesy of Lulu Warren & Olympia