American event rider Karen O’Connor has broken her back in a rotational fall.
Karen and her horse Veronica fell at fence 13 in the advanced championship at Morven Park Horse Trials, Virginia, at the weekend (Saturday 6 October).
“Karen has a burst T4 fracture and a compression fracture of the T5 vertebrae but is neurologically fine and will recover with some rest in a special cast for her torso,” said a statement on her website.
“Karen’s spirits are great and she wants to thank everyone for their well wishes and she’s hoping to be home this week.”
Veronica is unhurt.