An inquest has concluded that the tragic death of a horse rider was an accident, due to the crushing fall of her horse while they were competing at a cross-country circuit event. Aimee Woodward, aged 22, from Draycott, Derbyshire, was unseated from her horse last September at the Leicestershire event.
The accident occurred when Woodward’s horse slipped down a slope, causing Woodward to fall off and the horse falling on top of her. Woodward was airlifted to a Coventry hospital but died a month later.
Questioned were a paramedic called to the scene at the time of the incident and also Laura Newman, a former show jumper who operated the Derbyshire stables where Woodward kept her horse.
Woodward’s family held that she should have been provided some body protection.
According to Newman who was with Woodward at the Leicestershire event, she wore a helmet but chose not to wear a body protector. However, Newman voiced her belief that a body protector would not have made much of a difference during the accident.
Overall, the inquest took two days to conclude with the jury finding “accidental death.”
Woodward died of brain injuries and multiple traumas on November 1.
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