Tributes pour in for Monaghan native Ingrid Louise De Hoedt
Irish woman Ingrid Louise De Hoedt was found dead in New Zealand following what is believed to be a tragic horseback riding incident.
The New Zealand Herald reports that Ingrid Louise De Hoedt set out for a horseback riding journey on New Year’s Day in Waiuku Forest in Karaka, Auckland. She was reported missing shortly after 3 pm, and her body was found by a rescue team at 8:10 pm.
The Co Monaghan native is survived by her three children Tadhg, Ciannait and Fionn, and her husband Ross.
In the 1980s, De Hoedt studied medicine at Dublin’s Trinity College before emigrating to New Zealand. It is understood that she was involved with breeding Connemara ponies.
Online, family friends wrote: "You blazed like a comet through our world and brightened every life you touched.”
"Strong, wild, loyal, compassionate, intelligent, patriotic and a redoubtable pioneer.”
"May you ride with the Great Spirit across the heavens and continue to protect those you loved."
Carol Quickfall said: "She was an inspiration, a go-getter and I loved her company.”
"Another special star in the sky."
De Hoedt’s friend Rachael Cullivan said: "Ingrid had a powerful personality and a sense of fun that made her a much loved and appreciated member of our medical year.”
A funeral service will be held in Auckland on January 9, and a memorial service will be offered in Ireland in April.