Ruth Mathieson, the eventer hospitalised after a freak fall at Nurstead Court Horse Trials last month, has updated H&H on her condition.

Ruth, 38, has been transferred to Stoke Mandeville and, after four weeks in intensive care, is now in the hospital’s world-renowned spinal unit. She is having physiotherapy and tweeting regularly to keep her many supporters up to date with her progress.

She said: “Every day I’m feeling stronger and taking small steps forward. I would like to thank my family and friends and all those in the equestrian world for all their messages of support and care.

“These messages have inspired me every day on the road to recovery. There have been many wonderful offers of support and we are currently thinking of the best way in which this can be done.”

Just before her accident, Ruth, who has competed up to two-star level, had taken a career break to concentrate on eventing full-time.

Her long-term prognosis is not yet clear.