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Mike Bain was on hand to capture this sequence of Australian rider Paul Tapner in a rotational fall on the cross-country at the Badminton Horse Trials.
Dozens of spectators looked on in horror as the past winner hit the turf when Bonza King of Rouges caught a hoof on a jump and somersaulted over. Tapner’s leg appeared to be caught under the horse, but miraculously, both walked away.
Tapner said later he and King were both safe and sound after the unscheduled dismount. “King and I are perfectly OK after our acrobatics especially thanks to protection kit,” he said.
Earlier in the day British rider Emily Gilruth, 40, was airlifted to hospital by helicopter after falling from Topwood Beau at the third fence. She is in intensive care.
An event spokesman said there were no reports of injuries to horses at the event, however, Shane Rose’s horse Shanghai Joe slipped on gravel and injured a forelimb after falling at fence 19 and galloping back to the stables. He was stabilised at the event’s veterinary centre by an orthopaedic specialist before being transferred to Breadstone Veterinary Hospital for further assessment and treatment.