Oliver Townsend Survives Nasty Fall

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Following an epic journey to Kentucky due to the volcanic ash disruption, top eventer Oliver Townend suffered a crashing fall at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event.

Oliver’s second horse, Ashdale Cruise Master, somersaulted at fence 12, The Hollow, on Saturday at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event — landing on Oliver and ending his hopes of winning the Rolex Grand Slam. Oliver was airlifted to hospital after being knocked unconscious, and has sustained a broken shoulder, collarbone, sternum and four broken ribs. As he was knocked out, he cannot compete for 21 days.

Back in Shropshire, Oliver told Horse & Hound that he’s planning to start riding again in a couple of days, “Who knows when I’ll be competing again, we’ll see,” he said, “but I’ll start riding a few days time.

Oliver has credited his Champion hat and Point Two jacket with minimising the “crunching” fall at Kentucky. “These sorts of falls are the sort that people haven’t got up from previously,” he said. “It’s down to personal preference, but in my opinion it’s not going to do any harm if someone has a Point Two on.”

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