An event rider is in intensive care after a serious fall at Allerton Horse Trials on Saturday (20 September).

Katy Hurst, who competes up to three-star, had a horse fall with Ted Dexter in the intermediate novice. The combination had won a novice section at Richmond last month (29 August)

The 32-year-old is understood to be in intensive care at Leeds Hospital having sustained head and pelvic injuries.

“Kate has spent 12hrs in theatre today undergoing several procedures,” her father said on social media in the early hours of this morning (24 September).

“The surgeon advised that all went well. She is now back in intensive care resting.”

Local press have reported that Katy is being kept in an induced coma in order to help her recovery.

Support has flooded in for the rider, who is based near Market Rasen, on her Facebook page.

“Wishing Katy well and sending thoughts and prayers to you all, she will bounce back and will be riding again before you know it,” wrote one well-wisher. “Katy is very strong and if anyone can come back from such an awful accident it’s Katy. Thinking of you all.”

“So sorry to hear about your accident, thinking of you and wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery,” added another.