Equestrian sustains serious brain injury following fall from horse

Olympic eventer, Jonty Evans, has sustained a serious brain injury after falling from his horse, Cooley Rorkes Drift.

The equestrian, who was born in England but raised in North Wales, is in intensive care after the accident occurred during the Tattersalls International Horse Trials. It was confirmed that the horse rider, who competes for Ireland, had suffered a “significant brain injury” and was yet to regain consciousness.

Horse Sport Ireland, the nation’s governing body for the equestrian pursuits, released a statement saying: “Although no longer under heavy sedation, further tests in the past few days have shown that it is a significant brain injury and it may take Jonty many months to recover.

“Jonty continues to be in a stable condition in intensive care in the Beaumont Hospital under the care of the hospital’s neurological team.”

The statement added: “Jonty’s family would like to express their thanks to the wonderful staff at the hospital and for all the best wishes and kind messages of support that have poured in over the past few days.

“The Beaumont Hospital medical team continue to emphasise that every case has to be treated individually and people’s recovery rates vary case by case. If there are any changes in Jonty’s condition, further updates will be issued in due course through Horse Sport Ireland.”

The incident occurred on 3 June, as the 46-year-old took part in the cross-country stage of the event.

At Almond Care, our staff has the specialist training required to support those living with or recovering from serious brain injuries. For further information about our services, please contact us today.