Two girls injured in riding accidents

By Danielle NuttallTWO girls were airlifted to hospital after falling off horses during separate incidents.A 17-year-old girl was taken to Ipswich Hospital after falling from her horse during a hunt of the Essex and Suffolk Foxhounds in Holton St Mary, near Hadleigh, at 2.

By Danielle Nuttall

TWO girls were airlifted to hospital after falling off horses during separate riding incidents.

A 17-year-old girl was taken to Ipswich Hospital after falling from her horse during a hunt of the Essex and Suffolk Foxhounds in Holton St Mary, near Hadleigh, at 2.30pm yesterday.

The girl's horse fell on top of her, but she somehow managed to escape serious injury.


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Ambulance paramedics arrived at the scene, but the East Anglian Air Ambulance was called to fly the teenager to hospital because of the isolated location of the accident.

A spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service said: “The helicopter went to Ipswich Hospital and community paramedics took the relatives to hospital.

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“It was more to do with the location rather than necessarily the injuries for why the air ambulance was called. It was in the middle of a field and it was easier to get the helicopter there.

“The horse fell on top of her, but luckily it seems she escaped without life-threatening injuries.”

Carol Kemp, whose gardens back on to area where the accident happened, said she had realised something was wrong when the dog began barking.

“I thought it was the hunt again. I turned and looked and saw some people and somebody was on the ground. They had all stopped and it went from there,” she added.

“There was somebody walking a white horse around and I thought it was an accident where somebody had fallen off their horse.

“I realised it was more serious. The ambulance came across the field and just stayed there. The person on the floor was having more coats put on them, but they couldn't be moved by the ground ambulance.”

James Buckle, master of the Essex and Suffolk Foxhounds, said: “The horse fell on her and they had to call the air ambulance. I think she was very shocked, but they think she's all right.”

In a separate incident, an 11-year-old girl was also airlifted to Ipswich Hospital after falling from her horse at the Newton Hall Equitation Centre in Swilland shortly before 3pm yesterday.

The extent of both girls' injuries was not known last night.

danielle.nuttall@eadt.co.uk

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