Nick Skelton injured in fall

Former Olympic show-jumper Nick Skelton, one of the leading figures in British equestrian sports, was injured in a fall from his horse during a competition today and was being treated for suspected spine and head injuries.

Former Olympic show-jumper Nick Skelton, one of the leading figures in British equestrian sports, was injured in a fall from his horse during a competition today and was being treated for suspected spine and head injuries.

A hospital spokeswoman said Skelton was in stable condition.

The greatly admired rider, 42, has represented Britain in the Olympics four times and ridden for his country 125 times - more than any other show-jumper in the history of the sport.

Skelton was competing at Park Gate Horse Trials near Liverpool in northwest England when the accident happened. He was taken by air ambulance to Countess of Chester Hospital.

An ambulance service spokeswoman said Skelton was treated for suspected head and neck injuries, which were not life-threatening, but could not say whether there were any fractures. She said he was fully conscious.

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