Mike Slater, 49, has died from injuries sustained in a hunting fall last weekend.

He was airlifted to hospital last Saturday, 2 February, after sustaining spinal injuries when falling from his horse.

At the time, Mr Slater was following the North Staffordshire hunt, of which he was a member. The hunt was following an artificial scent near Norton-in-Hales, Shropshire, at the time of the accident.

Mr Slater, from Aston near Market Drayton, died on Wednesday from complications following his fall.

“Mike’s death is absolutely heartbreaking,” said his wife, Debbie. “But he would have wanted us to stay as positive as possible, to celebrate his life rather than mourn the loss.”

The couple ran a livery yard near Market Drayton called Aston Manor Liveries.

Mrs Slater added: “He always had a positive approach to life and his favourite saying was to ‘kick-on’ if things ever got tough.”

As well as his wife, Mike leaves a son, Richard, from his first marriage, his mother, Beryl, brother, Denis, and sister, Jane.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been confirmed but H&H understands that plans for his own horses, together with hounds from the North Staffordshire, will be present.