The proprietors of a farm on which a woman was killed by a bale of hay have admitted health and safety breaches relating to the way the bales were stored.
Carol Hill, 54, and Stephen Hill, 55, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of people at Beaumont Grange Farm Equestrian Centre in Slyne-with-Hest, Lancaster.
Charlotte Louise Conroy-Taylor, 45, died after suffering multiple injuries when the hay bale fell, as she helped her daughter Zara, 13, care for her pony, Flash.
On May 31, 2011 the mother and daughter had visited the farm after school. Zara began mucking out while her mother went to collect hay. Minutes later, Zara heard a scream and found her mother lying on the ground. A consultant pathologist at Morecambe Bay University Hospitals Trust told an inquest that Mrs Conroy-Taylor was found unconscious with a hay bale on her ankles and another bale nearby.
An ambulance was called and attempts were made to resuscitate her in the ambulance and at the Royal Lancaster Hospital, where she was taken but died as a result of her injuries. Dr Nicholas Mapstone said the hay bale had fallen from around five metres and weighed around 1,000kg.
Carol Hill pleaded guilty to failing in her undertaking as an employer to ensure people not in her employment, including Mrs Conroy-Taylor, were not exposed to risk relating to the storage of hay.
Stephen Hill pleaded guilty to similar offences in his capacity as a self-employed person.
They will return to Preston Crown Court on December 4 to be sentenced.