Injured Spalding horse rider recovering in hospital after being airlifted to Nottingham

Injured rider Danielle Mackman with her horse, Ilie.
Injured rider Danielle Mackman with her horse, Ilie.
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An injured rider was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC), Nottingham, on Sunday after “flying” off her horse in Gosberton Bank.

Danielle Mackman (19) was practising at Bridge House Chasers when her horse went into the wrong stride and “tripped” over a fence on the cross country course.

Danielle and Ilie pictured moments before the fall on Sunday.

Danielle and Ilie pictured moments before the fall on Sunday.

Family and friends raced to Danielle’s aid, keeping her still and warm, until medics from the Magpas air ambulance team arrived on the scene.

Danielle was unable to move from her waist down and hospital doctors later discovered she had sustained nerve damage to her back.

On Tuesday, hospital staff helped Danielle to her feet and she was hopeful of making a speedy recovery.

Speaking from QMC, Danielle told us: “I am getting a bit better.

“Hopefully, in the next day or two, they will get me walking again.”

Danielle’s horse, Ilie, sustained a cut to his leg and has had treatment for that.

The former Gleed Girls’ Technology College pupil has been riding for ten years and wants to make a switch from show jumping to eventing.

Despite Sunday’s fall being the most serious she’s ever had, Danielle told us: “I can’t wait to get back on Ilie.”

The young rider says she’s had “small falls in the past, but nothing this big” before.

The accident happened at about 12.30pm on Sunday while Danielle was practising on the cross country course.

Danielle says she was due to go to an equestrian clinic at Norton Disney to work with a BE (British Eventing) eventer later that day.

She said: “My horse got into the wrong stride coming up to a fence and we just tripped over it and I went flying off.”

At first it was thought Danielle had broken her pelvis but then it was discovered she had a problem with her back.

“I was unable to move from my waist downwards,” said Danielle. “Bernard, who runs the Gosberton Bank cross country course, brought duvets and he wrapped them around me to keep me warm.”

Danielle said it took about 20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive.

“It was the Magpas air ambulance and they were really helpful,” said Danielle.

Danielle, who lives in Spalding, works in telesales with town company EYG Home Improvements.