YOUNG STAR: 12-year-old Billie Kinder. 
Photo contributed.
YOUNG STAR: 12-year-old Billie Kinder. Photo contributed.

Pony club pays tribute to Billie


THE Cannonvalley Pony Club will tonight pay tribute to Billie Kinder at their clubhouse from 6.30pm.

A message box for the family will be available for those wishing to pass on their condolences.

Cannonvalley Pony Club president Brooke Mansfield described the loss as "devastating".

"She was a happy, vibrant, talented, dedicated little person that had ability and knowledge beyond her years," she said.

"We're just devastated, the whole community.

"Not only the horse riding community; Danny and Dave were very popular community members and the whole community is just rocked to the core."


A YOUNG star has been lost too soon - former Whitsunday local, Billie Kinder, died in a horse riding accident yesterday.

The 12-year-old, her mother Danny, father Dave and 15-year-old sister Charlie were well known and liked in the Whitsunday community before moving to New South Wales.

Both girls attended Cannonvale State School and St Catherine's Catholic College, while their parents were long time members of the local marine, tourism, education and photography industries.

Whitsunday Equestrian Group president Tracey Davies said they would never forget Billie.

"Our hearts go out to the Kinder family at this very, very sad time," she said.

"Many of us will have fond memories of this special girl.

"In Billie's honour we will be providing ribbons for each rider to wear at the Whitsunday Equestrian Group Supreme event this coming weekend."

A star of the horse riding scene, Billie earned the titles of NSW Champion Primary School Showjumping Rider and Overall Primary School Champion Rider in 2015.

Equestrian NSW took to Facebook to mourn the loss of "one of our best young riders".

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Billie's family at this very sad time," the post read.

National news has reported that Billie was leading the horse when it became spooked and trampled her on a private property in Pitt Town.

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