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Teenager falls off horse in horror equestrian event

  • Chloe Versteegen fell off her horse at the State Jumping Championships in WA
  • Footage of the terrifying moment was live streamed to social media
  • The video shows the horse Pico nose diving into the ground and rolling over
  • The 13-year-old was airlifted to hospital and remains in a stable condition

Disturbing footage of a 13-year-old girl falling off her horse and suffering a horrific head injury has been live streamed on social media.

Chloe Versteegen, from Western Australia, was competing in the State Jumping Championships at the State Equestrian Centre in Brigadoon when her horse Pico narrowly missed a jump, Seven News reports.

The video shows the moment her horse nose dives into the sparse green grass of the field, causing Chloe to flip over its neck.

 

The Western Australian teenager (pictured) was competing in the State Jumping Championships at the State Equestrian Centre in Brigadoon when her horse narrowly missed a jump

As the horse attempts to steady itself it rolls over onto the young woman, landing on her head.

Chloe was conscious as paramedics arrived on the scene but because of the nature of the accident a rescue helicopter was called.

Equestrian WA chief executive Dwight Pedlow said the young rider was aware of her surroundings after the fall.

‘She was able to able to answer questions, she knew what horse she was riding,’ he told Seven News.

The video shows the moment her horse nose dives into the sparse green grass of the field, causing the rider to flip over its neck

The video shows the moment her horse nose dives into the sparse green grass of the field, causing the rider to flip over its neck

‘It’s just precautionary. But she obviously has a head injury and you’ve got to be careful about that.’

The teen was initially flown to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital before being driven to Princess Margaret Hospital.

She is still recovering but remains in a stable condition.

The teen was initially flown to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital before being driven to Princess Margaret Hospital

The teen was initially flown to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital before being driven to Princess Margaret Hospital

The horse was reportedly not injured during the accident.

On the same day a 39-year-old man from Perth remains in a critical condition after a horse fell on him during a polocrosse tournament.

He has been placed in an induced coma while doctors at the Royal Perth Hospital assess his bleeding on the brain. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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