Horse rider receives £37k damages after accident

Broken bones sustained during an accident in a public place have resulted in a horse rider receiving a five-figure personal injury compensation settlement.

According to the South Wales Echo, Ceri Tonkinson suffered fractures to her back and pelvis when she was thrown from her horse while travelling through Cosmeston Country Park in South Wales in July 2007.

Ms Tonkinson subsequently took legal action against the Downside Riding School - an organisation based in Penarth and established more than 20 years ago - on the grounds that one of its employees has caused her animal to rear up.

She told Cardiff County Court she had asked Stephen Davies to wait until she had settled her horse down before he rode past, but the professional ignored this request.

Consequently, Ms Tonkinson was awarded a damages sum of £37,000.

"I used to ride before the accident competitively at quite a high level around the country, but although I have gone back to riding I cannot ride for very long," she commented.

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22/12/2011 15:48