British rider Emily Gilruth is set to leave intensive care after she was injured in a fall at the Badminton Horse Trials.
British Eventing reported that she had suffered a traumatic brain injury after a fall at Badminton Horse Trials last weekend.
The 40-year-old, who is based near Malpas in Cheshire, was riding her horse, Topwood Beau when she fell at the third fence - Keepers Question - on the cross-country course.
Emily was airlifted to Bristol's Southmead Hospital. Topwood Beau, a 14-year old gelding was uninjured in the fall.
“Such an exciting finish to the competition. Andrew Nicholson has completed Badminton a record-breaking 37 times, but the title had always eluded him. To come back from serious injury and finish at the top of the table here this year is the stuff of fairytales." Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK
1. Andrew Nicholson (NZL) riding NEREO
The William Miflin Memorial Trophy ~ To the rider of the horse with no cross-country jumping penalties and closest optimum time: Tim Price & Xavier Faer
4. Mark Todd (NZL) and NZB CAMPINO
"Thank you Badminton Horse Trials for another spectacular sporting occasion. I could not be happier with two double clears from my horses" Mark Todd
5. Rosalind Canter (GBR) riding ALLSTAR B
“It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever done. The horse is a good jumper which sometimes puts even more pressure on because he deserves to jump a clear round, so it was up to me to put him in the right place, and it’s a relief that it came off.” Rosalind Canter
6. Mark Todd (NZL) riding LEONIDAS II
"4 th (NZB Campino) and 6 th(Leonidas II) is a tad further off the pace than I would have liked but congratulations to Andrew Nicholson for a deserved win and Tim Price for his 3rd!" Mark Todd
7. Gemma Tattersall (GBR) riding ARCTIC SOUL
"Arctic Soul has a heart as big him, tries beyond belief. What an unbelievable horse he is. So so proud of him." Gemma Tattersall
Retraining of Racehorses £1000 ~ The highest placed former racehorse which must have been raced under the rules of a recognised racing authority worldwide: Arctic Soul
8. Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) riding THE DUKE OF CAVAN
Silver Jubilee Plate ~ best Owner/Rider: Yoshiaki Oiwa
9. Ingrid Klimke (GER) HORSEWARE HALE BOB OLD
"Bobby is our hero...A ninth place on English turf. We are thankful for that and still have heart palpitations!" Ingrid Klimke
10. Kristina Cook (GBR) riding BILLY THE RED
Frank Weldon Memorial Trophy ~ Rider of youngest British owned and ridden horse in top12: Kristina Cook & Billy The Red
British eventing rider Emily Gilruth remains in intensive care in Southmead Hospital in Bristol after falling from Topwood Beau at the Badminton Horse Trials at the weekend.
In a statement, her family said on Monday afternoon:
"Emily’s family would like to thank all the many well-wishers for the lovely supportive messages that they have received.
"She suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) when falling from her horse at the third fence on Saturday. She was airlifted to Bristol’s Southmead hospital.
"The doctors are pleased with her progress. She has had a stable night and remains under sedation.
"We would like to say a huge thank you to Badminton’s medical team, for their efficient and very caring service, also to the staff in the intensive care unit at Southmead."
Her brother-in-law, Andrew Gilruth, told the Telegraph newspaper:
“With any significant injury it’s going to be about a week before anybody knows but she’s heading in the right direction.
“She was on one of the non-technical fences [when the accident occurred]. There’s no indication that its not all recoverable the problem is we just don’t know yet…you just have to wait and see how it progresses.”
British Olympic Event rider, Gemma Tattersall responded to the news of Mrs Gilruth's recovery on Facebook:
"Very encouraging to hear, saw her fall and my blood ran cold. Keep fighting Emily...your eventing family are behind you."
We wish her well.