Ireland’s show jumper Peter Charles was injured on Friday following a fall at a local show in Hampshire, and is now recovering in hospital.

He was warming up on one of his Foxhunters prior to a jump off, and as he approached a parallel, the horse took off a stride away from the fence, and landed on the back bar causing Peter to fall.

Unfortunately he sustained serious injuries to ligaments and muscles as well as a broken bone 3in below his neck. Following an MRI scan on Monday the prognosis is that he should make a full recovery and be back riding in the New Year.

He has a top consultant from Guys hospital conferring with doctors to ensure he has all the help and advice he requires. The British Show Jumping Association (BSJA) has said it will keep the public informed as to how his condition improves.