Olympic event rider on the mend after breaking leg

  • Four-star eventer Caroline Powell is out of action after breaking her leg.

    The Kiwi rider had the accident last month while schooling at home, breaking both her tibia and fibula – without falling off. The horse was uninjured.

    She told H&H she is hoping to be back riding within the next few weeks.

    “It was crushed between a fence and a horse,” she said.

    “It is very unlucky, but also very lucky [it was not worse].”

    The London 2012 team bronze medallist joked her main challenge at the moment is how to carry a cup of coffee while on crutches.

    “It is now in a boot and I am a little bit mobile,” she said. “It is mending really well.”

    Caroline withdrew all her rides from Isleham (5-6 March), Poplar (12-13 March) and Lincolnshire (18-20 March).

    The Suffolk-based eventer won Burghley in 2010 with her long-term campaigner Lenamore (pictured, top).

    She partnered the popular grey gelding at 26 international competitions.

    They contested two Olympics — Beijing 2008 and London 2012 — and the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen.

    As well as this, the pair also completed seven Badmintons back-to-back between 2005-2001, finishing in the top 10 on four occasions.

    The combination also completed Burghley five times, scoring four top-six placings.

    Lenamore was retired from eventing in 2013 at the age of 20 and joined Headley Britannia and Inonothing for an official retirement ceremony at Badminton that year.

    Caroline’s website states she is aiming for this summer’s Olympics and her current string of horses is headed by her four-star ride Onwards And Upwards.

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