British showjumper Tim Stockdale has made his first appearance on the international circuit after breaking his neck in a fall last October.

Tim finished fourth in the CSI** grand prix at Chantilly, France on Fresh Direct Kalico Bay.

“I have been feeling a bit rusty, but this weekend’s been a fantastic boost to team confidence that things are returning to normal,” he said.

French rider Philippe Rozier and Jadis de Toscane won the 1.45 class and Maximilien Lemercier came second for Belgium.

Tim broke three vertebrae in his neck falling from a horse he had gone to try on 17 October 2011 and spent eight weeks at the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries in Oswestry, Shrops, before beginning a rehabilitation programme.

He was given the all-clear to jump by his consultant at the end of February and made his first return to competition at the beginning of March at College Equestrian Centre at Keysoe.