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US eventer Karen O’Connor breaks back in rotational fall

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.

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