‘I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD DO IT'
THE silver PSG winner, Helena Charlesworth, broke her back just 10 weeks before the Area Festival, and now has a 12-inch metal rod between her shoulder blades.
“It was my goal to get back for this and although I think I’m quite tough, I did burst into tears when we left the arena. I never really thought I would do it,” said Helena, who drove for five hours from Hay-on-Wye to compete Hilary Gardner’s 18-year-old Jukebox-Jury.
Helena fell while backing a young horse and walked round for two days before going to her local hospital.
“They were shocked when they saw the X-rays as apparently it was a bad break. I had a blue-light journey in an ambulance to hospital. I think I am lucky to be so fit, so my muscles held me together,” explained Helena.
“They cut the muscles down my back, so I get quite sore and I can’t ride every day. I can’t do the extensions very well and sitting trot isn’t great.”