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Dressage rider Maria Eilberg breaks elbow in fall from bike

British Dressage rider Maria Eilberg will be out of action for a couple of weeks following a fall… from a bicycle.

The European dressage medallist fractured her elbow in Lingen, Germany on 3 June where she was to have competed in the CDI on her Grand Prix ride Two Sox.

“We had just ridden the horses,” Maria explained to H&H, “And I was cycling back to the hotel with my father [Ferdi].

“I decided to try and overtake him going downhill. Unfortunately I went too fast and when I braked at the end the wheel turned on the gravel and I went flying.”

At first Maria thought she had just suffered cuts and grazes, but the following day it was obvious there was more serious damage.

“It had swollen up, so I went to hospital and had an X-ray and it turned out I had a small fracture,” she added.

Maria is already out of plaster and hopes to be back riding in time for Aachen CDI (9-18 July).

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