Eventer in coma after fall from horse

December 17, 2011

British eventer Polly Williamson is in an induced coma after the horse she was riding spooked and fell on her.

Williamson, 41, was injured on December 8 while riding a horse in windy weather. Reports indicate the horse spooked and she fell off, and the horse then fell on Williamson. She suffered a serious head injury and broke three vertebrae. She is reported to be in a critical but stable condition in Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

A family friend said doctors were waiting for fluid and bruising on her head to subside before she was brought out of the coma.

As a young rider Williamson won six European gold medals, winning individual and team gold in 1987, 1988 and 1990.

She has run Charlton Park stables for nearly 20 years, and competes internationally. She won her last two British Eventing starts, a novice at Larkhill on Dunno Fear on October 15, and an intermediate at Aldon International on Smart Time on October 20.