FAMILY and friends have paid tribute to a keen rider who tragically died last week.
Ingrid Cooper, 63, of Lower Birks Farm, Grey Stone Lane, Todmorden, was about to set off on a ride from her home on November 16 when she suffered a suspected heart attack.
Ingrid was well known within the local community as she was a member of several groups and societies.
She had ridden horses for more than 20 years and was a member of Calderdale Saddle Club.
Her daughter, Christy, said her death had been a big shock.
“But at least she was doing what she loved at the time,” she said.
“She was a fantastic, beautiful lady.”
Christy said her mum had a favourite horse called Punk who she rode for several years.
Punk was a very well known horse due to his distinctive black and white colours.
Nicki Harrison, chairwoman of Calderdale Saddle Club, described Ingrid as a “human dynamo and brilliant friend”.
She said: “Every member of our club I have spoken to are totally devastated and shocked about losing Ingrid. We really do not know how we will cope without her.
“She was our bright light which has been suddenly switched off without warning.
“She was so full of life, energy, enthusiasm and determination which she effectively transmitted to everyone she came into contact with.”
Nicki served on the club committee with Ingrid, who was the treasurer.
“She worked tirelessly for our club and was brilliant at making people feel included,” Nicki said.
“From a personal perspective Ingrid was my friend and I will not be anywhere near as good at my job without her.
“No matter what she was doing she was always immaculate, and so was her horse Punk, although he was a Piebald and was extremely good at getting dirty.
“No matter how early her lesson or how bad the weather was, the duo of Ingrid and Punk would look perfect.
“I own a tack shop and have a dark bay horse who naturally shines and I never looked as good as Ingrid.
“She was the queen of etiquette. She knew the correct thing to do and how to behave at any occasion.
“Without Ingrid the appearance of Calderdale Saddle Club will no doubt be the poorer.”
Ingrid was interested in conservation and was a long-serving member of Todmorden Civic Society (TCS).
Chairman Paul Clarke expressed the society’s sadness over news of her death and said she would be missed.
“Todmorden Civic Society would like to express our sorrow at the news that Ingrid Cooper, one of our long-serving members, has died,” he said.
“Ingrid was a well respected member of TCS and worked tirelessly on the Todmorden Town Hall Development Committee. She will be sadly missed.
“Ingrid’s commitment to improving the town’s well-being and dedication to public service were commendable.
“Our thoughts are with her family.”
In addition to her saddle club and civic society roles, Ingrid assisted with numerous other groups, including helping out at Todmorden Agricultural Show over the years.
She was also a former president of the Ladies Circle. Ingrid leaves her husband Ray, daughter Christy, son David and grandson Joseph.
Her funeral will be held at Todmorden Unitarian Church tomorrow, Friday, at 10.30am.