All horse riders ok after yesterday’s Olympic falls

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The importance of horse rider insurance has again come to the fore this week after several world-class equestrian stars were dismounted during the cross country stage of the Olympic three-day eventing.

British hopes Tina Cook, Mary King Zara Phillips and William Fox-Pit all finished the round in the saddle, but others were not so fortunate.

Olympic spokesman Julian Seaman told Horse & Hound that all riders and horses who fell or were unseated yesterday (July 30th) at Greenwich are fine this morning, although Canadian Hawley Bennet-Awad is still in hospital with concussion and a sacral fracture.

In total, there were 15 riders who were disqualified including three horse falls and 11 unseated riders.

Michelle Mueller and her horse Amistad will also need to withdraw from the competition.

She said: "After conferring with the Canadian team vet, Amistad will be withdrawn from the Olympic competition due to a torn tendon and will be retired from competing."

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