Northern Outlook : November 1st 2014
GOOD AS GOLD Cooper tops awards P23 EEL HUNTING Quirky family tale P12 WEEKEND EDITION Back in the saddle: Taylor Painter smashed her wrist in three places and suffered other injuries after falling off her horse, Magpie. Down, but never out By EMILY SPINK Hurunui teen from showing her horse this weekend. Leithfield’s Taylor Painter smashed her wrist in three places, fractured her left elbow, and has been left with little feeling in her knee, after falling from her horse, Magpie, at the Springston Trophy in Middlemarch early last month. Miraculously, both horse and rider A have bounced back from the traumatic accident. ‘‘He’s a tough cookie. He’s like me,’’ Taylor said. With Magpie out of show jumping until the end of October, Taylor competed at the Rangiora show on another horse last weekend. She said it was easier than she thought it would be to ride with one arm in a cast. Today, Taylor will be in it to win it, when she competes with Magpie at the Amberley A & P Show, taking part in two events. After a snow dump forced the Springston Trophy’s cross country round to be postponed to the following day, the year 12 student from Hurunui College felt distracted heading into the Otago competition. She completed her show jumping and then took to the cross country field. ‘‘He was going really well and then I lost focus.’’ Taylor said the stress of the n arm in cast, a fractured elbow and a dodgy knee are not enough to keep one competition got to her and she came off heading into a jump that followed a ‘‘massive drop’’. While she was able to get back on and settle down 10-yearold Magpie, they then fell heavily at the palisade jump. ‘‘I jumped it and then I just remember flying forwards.’’ Taylor said she landed on her back. ‘‘My hand was a mess and I couldn’t breathe properly.’’ Despite her own injuries, she was more worried about Magpie, who was lying very still. ‘‘It was just heart-breaking.’’ As well as lacking concentration, Taylor puts her fall down to not riding the jump – which has always been her least favourite – hard enough. ‘‘I took off and shut my eyes.’’ Her mum, Nikki Painter, was standing at the palisade jump as a spectator. ‘‘I thought he [Magpie] had broken his legs and was done for.’’ She was then faced with the task of organising the logistics of getting Magpie home, while Taylor headed for Dunedin hospital in the ambulance. To ease the stress, her Belfast team rallied round – and even chipped in to pay the vet for Magpie’s painkillers. The fall was the second-worst accident in Taylor’s horse-riding career – which kicked off when she was just 15 months old. Four years ago, she suffered a major set-back and brain injury when her horse landed on top of her. The teenager had to be airlifted out by helicopter and her beloved horse at the time had to be put down following the incident.
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