British event rider air-lifted to hospital after schooling fall

  • British event rider Louise Harwood has broken her pelvis in a fall.

    Herefordshire-based Louise was riding a youngster at home yesterday (8 December) when the accident happened.

    She was taken to Hereford Hospital by air ambulance where x-rays showed she had broken her pelvis in two places.

    “I was riding a three-year-old who had been a complete star until then,” she told H&H.

    “For some reason he bucked and then spooked and bucked again. He then swerved when he decided jumping out over the rails wasn’t such a good plan and lost me in the process.

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    “I didn’t think it was that bad [the injury] so waited half an hour before calling emergency services. In the end I couldn’t get up so eventually they called an air ambulance.”

    Tomorrow (Thursday 10 December) Louise will find out if she will need to have an operation.

    Hundreds of well wishes have sent their support to the rider on Facebook.

    This is the second accident Louise has been involved in this year, having broken her shoulder in a fall on 18 October.

    She had been planning to compete in the four-star at Pau but was instead out of action for five weeks.

    Fundraising plans

    16 years ago Louise was in a serious car accident and was taken to hospital by Air Ambulance. She completed a marathon following the accident and raised £4,000 for the charity, as well as £1,000 for Spinal Research.

    Louise is already planning to hold another fundraiser for the Air Ambulance to thank them for their help.

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