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Jockey dragged unconscious after fall
Mat Mackay, WWOS
09:30 AEST Fri May 24 2013

Footage has emerged of a jumps race fall in England that saw a jockey knocked unconscious and dragged for almost 200 metres.

Amateur rider Oliver Wadlow was competing in a race in Worcestershire on May 12 when he lost balance and tried to jump from his mount.

He was instead left dangling from the horse when his right boot became stuck in the stirrup.

The ensuing scenes were terrifying as a spate of head knocks saw the 24-year-old black-out as he was dragged at high speed towards the next jump.

He was freed just metres before the fence.

“All I saw was the ground and thinking, ‘this is it. It's going to hurt’," Wadlow told the UK’s Daily Mail.

“Next thing I know I'm in the back of an ambulance having bounced on my head down the track.”

Wadlow, who rides as a hobby, was rushed to hospital and despite initial fears he was released on the same day suffering only a broken collarbone and coccyx. Medics suggested he could be back in the saddle within weeks.

“I'll definitely be up and riding again, no question about that,” Wadlow said, insisting that the fall, which was witnessed by his parents, was a freak accident.

“It's something that I could never do again even if I tried - a complete one in a million fluke. It just all happened so fast and I didn't really have time to panic.

“In all my years of riding I've never seen something like this before, or heard of it. I was literally a few centimetres away from my head being crushed under the horse's hoof.”

Wadlow is aiming to compete in his next race in June.


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