Tina Fletcher is back in the saddle and in winning form after suffering concussion in a fall at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) last month.

Tina fell from Hello Unique during the puissance on 8 October – the horse jumped 6ft 11in clear but hit the wall in the final round, when it stood at 7ft 3in. She hit the back of her head, causing concussion.

She was advised by the doctor to take three weeks off (news, 14 October).

Now Tina has told H&H she feels “absolutely fine” and is glad to be back competing.


”I took the first week off completely – I was in bed most of it and felt absolutely terrible, I was very ill. But after two weeks I was fine and back riding at home,” she said.

Tina and Hello Boyo won at The Hand on Wednesday, 26 October and the pair won again at Crofton Manor on Saturday, 29 October.

Tina is hoping to head to Olympia and then to Florida next February to jump some big tracks ahead of vying for Olympic selection.

“It’s not confirmed yet but that’s the aim,” she told H&H. “I’d take my youngest son, who’s eight, with me and he’d go to school over there for six weeks – he’s very excited.”

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse and Hound (10 November, 2011)