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Horse and rider take a tumble

A rider took a terrifying fall at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials this week.

Michael Pollard and his horse Icarus fell at fence 26, just six fences short of crossing the finish line.

Thankfully, The Chronicle of the Horse reports that both rider and horse are doing fine after the fall, which Michael blamed on tiredness.

He explained: “I’m obviously disappointed to get that far and not be able to get home. But for whatever reason, he got a lot more tired than he normally would.”

Michael originally thought he’d broken his wrist, but later realised it was just soft tissue damage.

And as for Icarus – a 13-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Pollard’s wife Nathalie Bouckaert Pollard and Mieke Hanssens – he’s recuperating, but already feels better.

“He should be fine to go back to hacking in a month or so,” Michael said. “Then we’ll get him out to a preliminary horse trials later this autumn, just so he doesn’t think he’s going to fall down every time he goes out. Then next spring hopefully we’ll have a normal season and then aim for [the Rolex CCI**** in] Kentucky.”

Get well soon, Icarus (and Michael, of course).

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