New Zealand eventer Andrew Nicholson remains in hospital after a heavy fall from Cillnabradden Evo on the cross-country at the Festival of British Eventing’s feature class at Gatcombe.
Nicholson, who is in John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, is being treated for a neck injury.
The combination came to grief on the final fence on the CIC3* course. Nicholson was first taken to hospital in Swindon, then transferred to the John Radcliffe, which is Oxfordshire’s main accident and emergency hospital.
A report indicated that three ambulances rushed to the fallen rider’s aid, but a spectator on the cross-country said Nicholson walked back to his truck unaided.
Cillnabradden Evo was not reported to be injured in the accident, in which a spectator said the horse “somersaulted” over the fence.
Only a few days earlier, the combination had won the Eventers’ Challenge competition at Hickstead.
The nine-year-old gelding by Creeevagh Ferro Ex Siebe is owned by Sally Egginton, and was previously ridden by Padraig McCarthy and Lucy Wiegersma.