Hunt spectator injured by horse at Rivington
11:53am Thursday 27th December 2012 in News
RIVINGTON Pike’s traditional Boxing Day hunt was marred after one of the spectators had to be airlifted to hospital.
The 64-year-old woman suffered a head injury when one of the horses knocked her over and stepped on her head.
The incident took place just moments before the Holcolmbe Hunt members and hounds were due to parade in front of hundreds of spectators.
Paramedics tended to the woman, who was face-down in the grass at one end of the field, while waiting for the air ambulance, which arrived at noon.
Master of the Hunt Sue Simmons announced that the annual parade around the field would not go ahead, before she started the hunt minutes before the helicopter arrived.
The woman was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital and was said to be conscious and stable.
The rider of the horse said she was “devastated”.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “The horse just sort of exploded because of the excitement and there was not a lot I could do.
“Unfortunately, she knocked into the lady when she was spinning around and then stood on the back of her head.”