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Free-spirited horse lover missed by all

PUBLISHED: 04:22 16 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:21 03 March 2010

HORSES were her life and for the free-spirited Ingrid Sach they meant everything.

Sadly the popular and talented 45-year-old was found dead at her Iken home, leaving a gaping hole in the horse industry and lives of all those who loved her.

HORSES were her life and for the free-spirited Ingrid Sach they meant everything.

Sadly the popular and talented 45-year-old was found dead at her Iken home, leaving a gaping hole in the horse industry and lives of all those who loved her.

Today her brother Michael, best friend Jan Pennock and partner Keith Innes paid tribute to the woman with a fantastic sense of humour who could never be drawn away from the world of horses.

Her love of riding had taken her all over the world including Australia, Germany and Holland.

She had also worked as a groom at the stables of Major Ferguson.

When she was 16, she met Jan Pennock through riding and the pair were to become lifelong friends.

Jan from Aldercroft Close, Ipswich, said: "We just became steadfast friends, even when she went to Australia for a few months she still kept in contact."

Ingrid was a very sociable person with a wide circle of friends that she treated as family.

Jan said: "Ingrid always needed people around – she thrived on people.

"She was always around for my two girls and looked upon my eldest as her own.

"We had a lot of fun together and got in to quite a few scrapes – she will be very, very missed."

Ingrid was extremely respected within the horse industry.

Among other jobs she taught at Newton hall Riding Stables at Swilland and was also often asked to judge dressage competitions by the Pony Club.

Her devastated partner, Keith is now arranging a trophy in her name for the Pony Club.

Keith said: "We had been going out for a year the weekend that she died.

"We were beginning to make plans for our future – in the year we were together we never argued.

"Since she has died I have found out things about her and she was a remarkable woman."

Thinking back on his younger sister's life, 51-year-old Michael Sach said:

"She was always so full of fun and so full of life, with a wonderful sense of humour.

"She was also a big practical joker.

"At her funeral, someone set the tape recorder off by accident and music blared out – she would have roared with laughter at that."

Ingrid was born and bred in Ipswich, starting out life in Crofton Road, before the family moved to Tuddenham Road.

For much of her adult life she lived in the Levington and Nacton area, celebrating both her 21st and 40th birthdays in the Levington Ship.

Her fascination with horses started at a very early age.

Michael from Cockfield near Bury St. Edmunds recalled: "She had a hobby horse that she just could not stop playing with – it must have sparked something off within her."

Ingrid died on January 17 and her funeral was held at the West Chapel crematorium, Ipswich.

Michael said: "She moved a lot over the years and made lots of friends.

"There were 155 people at her funeral – people that I had not seen for 30 or 40 years and some people that I did not even know."

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