A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after she fell from the horse she was riding when a group of youths threw stones at the animal.
South Yorkshire Police are appealing for information and witnesses to the incident, which happened around 5.45pm on Saturday, May 17, on a track near Duke of Norfolk Lane, at Wickersley, Rotherham.
The 28-year-old from Thurcroft was riding a large, white horse when a group of around three or four youths allegedly threw stones at the animal, causing it to rear up and throw the woman to the ground.
Friends came to the injured woman’s rescue. She was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital with serious injuries.
On the Monday following her fall, after a number of tests and observation, the woman was allowed home, but she was readmitted the following day after complaining of headaches.
She was later transferred to Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where she underwent surgery. She remained in a critical condition on Tuesday.
Officers have carried out inquiries in the Wickersley area in a bid to trace the youths, including a search on the day of the incident, but have so far been unable to find those involved.
Police are now turning to the public for help.
“We are urging anyone who might have seen what happened or who has any information about the incident to come forward,” Detective Inspector Steve Ashmore said.
“We’re also interested in hearing from anyone who has suffered similar problems in the area and will be visiting local stables.
“This incident shows the serious consequences of antisocial behaviour.”
Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 1204 of 17 May. Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.