Point-to-point rider Lucy Bridges is well on the road to recovery after her crashing fall from Lincoln Place in the ladies’ open at the Silverton at Black Forest Lodge (29 January).

Having left hospital two months and five days later — “Yes, I did count the days!” — Lucy’s recovery has progressed much quicker than doctors first expected.

She said: “I wasn’t the best patient in the world, but I am very grateful for all the help and support I got from so many different people along the way.”

Lucy attended a race meeting at Exeter last week and, when asked about future plans, said: “I’d love one day to get back to training, and to riding. I did ride the other day, but in a very controlled environment. It felt great — I think if I’d left it too long it would have been difficult.

“My horses are currently roughed off, but I’m hoping to get back on them when they start getting fit again, probably late in the summer. I’d love to get back to race-riding, although I’m not sure if the Jockey Club will allow me to, and I’m sure there are some people who’d rather I gave up!”

Asked about the role determination played in her recovery, Lucy told H&H: “It’s stubbornness, I’d say — I got that from my mum.”

Lucy’s mother, national hunt trainer Helen Bridges, died almost one year ago — on 16 April 2005 — after falling on the road while out exercising.

  • This report was first published in Horse & Hound (13 April, ’06)
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