Event rider selling top horse following serious fall

  • Event rider Katy Hurst is selling her top horse, as she is still unable to ride after a serious fall last year.

    The 32 year-old Lincolnshire-based eventer was competing on one of her younger horses, Ted Dexter, in the intermediate novice at Allerton Horse Trials on 20 September 2014 when she fell.

    Katy sustained head and pelvic injuries and was in intensive care at Leeds hospital afterwards.

    The fall has badly affected her balance and speech.

    “Katy possibly won’t be riding again so the family have put Welton IV up for sale,” said Rachel Wakefield of Uptown Eventing, who is handling the sale on behalf of the family.

    It’s devastating,” she added. “Katy is quite distraught about it.”

    The 17hh, bay Weston IV was a member of last year’s British silver-medal winning Nations Cup team in Strzegom.

    He was a bronze medallist in the 2013 Rural Rider’s Championships and has been placed, 7th and 13th in CIC*** and 8th in CCI*** competitions.

    A “substantial price” is being asked for the horse, which can be seen and tried at Harry Meade’s yard near Badminton.

    Katy, who is based near Market Rasen, has brought the 12-year-old up through the levels and she was aiming him for Badminton before she had her fall last September.

    The horse, the last of Katy’s to be sold, was showjumped over the winter by Adrian Speight.

    “He was on the road to doing his first four-star and is a great Rio prospect,” said Rachel.

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