Horse rider hurt in road ac­ci­dent

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

PO­LICE are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses af­ter a horse rider was injured in a road ac­ci­dent.

Wendi Walker was rid­ing her shire horse Orfi along Bux­ton Road when she was passed by a trac­tor and trailer and the horse made a sud­den move­ment caus­ing Wendi to fall.

The in­ci­dent caused Wendi, 49, to fall off backwards and she said she suf­fered from com­pressed ver­te­brae and has spent three nights in Mac­cles­field Hospi­tal.

The grand­mother of 10, from Mac­cles­field, who was rid­ing with her friend Deb­bie Bate­son and her horse Boz, said: “It all happened so fast. I was con­cen­trat­ing on turn­ing left.

“Orfi threw her head up in the air. I came off backwards and as I hit the floor he flew off. Luck­ily there was a girl in one of the cars be­hind who saw what happened. She jumped out and ran af­ter Orfi and brought her back.”

Orfi, who is nine years old and 16 hands tall, only suf­fered su­per­fi­cial cuts as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent. Wendi is now re­cov­er­ing at home.

The in­ci­dent happened at the junc­tion of Bux­ton Road and Mon­sall Drive at around 2pm on Sun­day, May 7.

Po­lice have launched an ap­peal for wit­nesses.

A po­lice spokesper­son said: “Two horse rid­ers were trav­el­ling along Bux­ton Road at around 2pm when a trac­tor passed them.

“At some point, one of the horses is be­lieved to have fallen to the ground, caus­ing injuries to one of the rid­ers. A woman, aged 49, went to Mac­cles­field Hospi­tal and the in­ci­dent was re­ported to of­fi­cers the fol­low­ing day.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Cheshire Po­lice on 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent 358 of May 8.

Wendi Walker and Orfi

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