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State College girl dies in equestrian accident

From Staff Reports

STATE COLLEGE — A State College area teenager was killed following a horse riding accident that took place on Thursday morning.

Ashley Stout, 13, was pronounced dead following the accident, which occurred at about 9:15 a.m. in Halfmoon Township. She was a rising eighth-grader at Park Forest Middle School.

“There is nothing more saddening than the death of a child,” State College Area School District Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said in a statement. “Our entire community grieves for the Stout family and everyone who knew Ashley.”

According to a news release from the Centre County coroner, Stout was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center following the accident where she was pronounced dead.

Stout was an accomplished young equestrian who trained at Standing Ovation Equestrian Center in Port Matilda and who had been competing since the age of 6. She had been selected to compete with the Junior/Young Rider Training Team later this month at the North American Youth Championships in Montana, according to a recent news release.

Her horse, Avant Garde, also died as a result of the accident, according to a Facebook post.

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