Event rider breaks vertebrae in schooling fall

  • Event rider Jonty Evans is recovering at home after a serious fall on Friday 27 June.

    Jonty fractured three vertebrae, three ribs and suffered a brain haemorrhage, which affected his ability to move his right leg, when he was bucked off a horse in his school.

    The Gloucestershire-based rider was taken to hospital in Bristol, where he stayed for over a week before being released on Monday (7 July).

    He told H&H he couldn’t recall much about the accident.

    Jonty now faces a significant spell on the sidelines, which will be particularly frustrating for him after a recent strong performane at Salperton, where he finished second on the eight-year-old Cooley Rorkes Drift.

    “I am overwhelmed by everyone’s texts, calls, and messages — thank you doesn’t seem to be enough really,” he said.

    “There will be a lengthy period of physio rehab, but the fractures and breaks will mend and my right leg is working better each day — look out guys, I’m on my way back.”

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