‘I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD DO IT'

Horse & Hound - - Dressage -

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.”

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