Injured Horse Rider Urges Drivers to Slow Down
An event rider from the Newcastle Emlyn area is urging drivers to slow down and take care when they drive on rural roads, following an accident only five minutes from her home between the villages of Rhydlewis and Brongest last week.
It was originally thought that Sophie Spiteri had suffered a clot on the lung following her fall on the tarmac, but she came away with only minor injuries.
A knowledgeable horse woman, Sophie can be seen riding her retired race horses and youngsters daily around the country lanes of Brongest, the village where she lives. On her usual daily morning hack on her five-year-old thoroughbred gelding Gulliver, she was met by a white van, and Sophie says the driver made no attempt to stop.
She said: “The van came towards me and I had nowhere to go. It didn’t stop, and luckily Guillver had a brain and jumped onto a five-foot bank. He then slid down the bank, erupted and I came off. It could have been horrendous and my horse could have been injured or worse. There’s just no need for it!”
Sophie rides her horses twice a day around the country lanes and says there is great off road-riding in the area, but that riders have to use the roads to access these bridle paths.
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