Showjumping course-designer and owner Brian Lear has broken his back after an accident in the lorry park at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead on Saturday (30 July).

It has been reported that when Mr Lear returned to his vehicle in the lorry park, the hydraulic ramp landed on him.

“Mr Lear was taken to The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton but has since been transferred to a specialist unit. He has broken his back, and at present is unable to walk,” said a spokesman for Hickstead.

Mr Lear owns Urlanmore Aldi — who finished eighth in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup ridden by Henry Turrell at Hickstead earlier on Saturday.

His son Peter finished 12th in the eventing grand prix at the show on Thursday (28 July).