Eventer Emily King is recovering after her fall at the Junior European Championships at Bishop Burton this weekend (16 August).
Emily credited the frangible pins for saving her from injury after her ride Brookleigh (Brook) fell at the elephant trap going into the woods.
“I am hugely grateful to the frangible pin system, which without doubt took the main blow off my fall and saved my life.” said Emily.
“I’m also hugely thankful to the amazing medical crew, who instantly came to my rescue.
“Thank God Brook is absolutely fine, which is incredible news. I am a bit squished, but feel amazingly well and just can’t wait to get back riding again.
“I was very lucky and live to fight another day.”
The 18-year-old was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured pelvis, but was released the following day with torn muscles and severe bruising.
Emily and Brookleigh, who was previously ridden by Clayton Fredericks, had enjoyed a successful season before the fall — including finishing seventh in the CIC3* at Barbury (3 July).
Emily’s mother Mary made a winning return to competition last week (12 August) after serving a two-month ban for “dangerous riding” after being handed two yellow cards for the same offence in a year.