Air ambulance called after Fenland riding instructor is thrown off horse

AN EXPERIENCED riding instructor from Leverington suffered head and chest injuries after she was thrown from her horse during a demonstration to a student.

The air ambulance was called to Knights End Farm Equestrian Centre, in March, at around 10:30am to treat Diana Fisher, 41, who has been training horses at Woolcroft Saddlery in Leverington for ten years.

Mrs Fisher was thrown into a wall when the six year-old horse bucked during a teaching demonstration.

The Magpas Helimedix team treated her at the centre, before she was taken to Peterborough District Hospital by ambulance.

The extent of her injuries are not yet known, but her condition is stable.

Eve Little, owner of the centre and pupil of Mrs Fisher, said the instructor was taken to hospital on a backboard, with suspected injuries to her ribs.

She said: “It’s a dangerous sport and the whole reason we enjoy it is because horses do have a mind of their own,

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“Di is very aware of the dangers. She is a very experienced rider and it does just show you that it can happen to the best of us.

“The paramedics said they thought she might be unable to ride for 12 weeks but I guarantee you that time will be halved by Di. There’s no way that she will not be sitting on a horse in that time.

“We are very thankful to the emergency services. They attended within minutes of our call.”

Dr Ben Teasdale, who treated Mrs Fisher at the centre, said: “The emergency services all worked together really well at the scene.”

Mrs Fisher has worked with an assortment of horses in her training career, and has competed in showjumping, eventing and dressage.

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