Karen O’Connor recovering after rotational fall

Karen O'Connor, pictured on Theodore O'Connor in 2008.
Karen O’Connor, pictured on Theodore O’Connor in 2008. © Michelle C. Dunn

US eventer Karen O’Connor is expected to make a full recovery from a fall last week at Morven Park Horse Trials in Virginia on Saturday.

O’Connor’s mount Veronica, landed badly at the 13th fence on the cross-country, a bounce. Veronica reportedly landed with her forelegs in front of her, but her quarters were already in the air. O’Connor was hit between the shoulder blades as the horse landed, and has a burst T4 fracture and a compression fracture of the T5 vertebrae.

After a few days in hospital O’Connor has been fitted with a brace, and is expected to be allowed home in a few days.

Karen’s husband David, who had just landed in The Netherlands to coach the US team this weekend at Boekelo, returned home late on Saturday to see Karen, but went back a few days later.

Veronica is reportedly “a bit sore”, but has been turned out in her field and doing well.




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