Andrew Nicholson suffers neck injury in cross-country fall

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Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Cillnabradden Evo
Andrew Nicholson and Cillnabradden Evo at Blenheim last year. © Steph Freeman

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.

Andrew Nicholson and Cillnabradden Evo on the way tow inning the Amlin Plus Eventers Challenge at Hickstead.
Andrew Nicholson and Cillnabradden Evo on the way to winning the Amlin Plus Eventers Challenge at Hickstead on July 30. © Nigel Goddard/KSDigital Photography

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.

 

One thought on “Andrew Nicholson suffers neck injury in cross-country fall

  • August 18, 2015 at 5:59 am
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    Eventing has been controversial for some time because of the dangers the sport poses for horse and rider. Catastrophic injuries are not decreasing. My question: is it worth risking your life or that of a wonderful horse to participate in this sport at the higher levels?

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