Police say a 12-year-old girl in Shelburne is dead after a horse fell on top of her.
It happened during the towns annual Fiddlefest Parade on Saturday evening.
Officers say the girl was in the staging area with a group of horseback riders waiting to march in the parade, when the horse got spooked and fell on top of her.
The girl was airlifted to hospital where she later died of her injuries.
The parade has been cancelled out of respect for the victims family.
Officials will be conducting a full investigation with assistance from the coroner.