Mum warns driv­ers af­ter ‘lucky es­cape’ hurts horse rider, 7

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ACONCERNED mum is warn­ing mo­torists to slow down while pass­ing horses af­ter her rider daugh­ter was in­jured.

Jes­sica Ma­son claims her daugh­ter Maria Booth, seven, had a lucky es­cape af­ter the in­ci­dent in Adlington.

Maria said was rid­ing her pony, Domino, on Street Lane when Jes­sica said a car ap­proached ‘too quickly’.

The wheels of the car rolled over a plas­tic sheet, spook­ing the pony which fell.

Both Maria and Domino suf­fered mi­nor in­juries.

Jes­sica, who owns Adlington Equestrian Cen­tre, said it was a ‘lucky es­cape’, adding: “I have never been so fright­ened in my life see­ing the pony and my daugh­ter hit the floor.

“The pony then got up and ran back to­wards the yard.

“My daugh­ter was just do­ing what she loves do­ing, rid­ing her horse. It could have been much worse. Maria is a very ex­pe­ri­enced rider.

“She’s been on a horse for as long as she could walk. It’s her first fall like that, but there have been near misses.”

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, Jes­sica shared her out­rage on Face­book and her post was shared more than 100 times.

Jes­sica, who lives in Higher Poyn­ton, is keen to share her story to pre­vent any po­ten­tial tragedies.

The 47-year-old said: “I want to make driv­ers aware that driv­ing too fast past a horse can have se­ri­ous con­se­quences.

“We re­spect driv­ers by ac­knowl­edg­ing when they are care­ful and slow down.

“Some­times it’s ig­no­rance but peo­ple should re­spect other road users and drive slowly past horses.”

Jes­sica said Street Lane has be­come more and more dan­ger­ous with an in­creas­ing num­ber of ve­hi­cles us­ing it to avoid con­ges­tion in Poyn­ton.

She said: “My fear is that it will get worse with the re­lief road.”

Jes­sica Ma­son with daugh­ter Maria on Domino

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