Sister of government minister suffers traumatic brain injury after falling from horse

first_imgThe politician, who is standing for re-election in West Suffolk, has spent six years campaigning to reform horse racing industry so that betting firms, including those offshore, pay a levy on their profits.Friends who witnessed the accident described their concern for the mother-of two on social media. One described being “very worried all day”, while another said: “I have seen too many head injuries over the years…it can be a long road back to full health. She is fit and strong and still young so she has much going for her.”Gemma Tattershall, a British Olympic Event rider, responded to the news of Mrs Gilruth’s recovery on Facebook: “Very encouraging to hear, saw her fall and my blood ran cold. Keep fighting Emily…your eventing family are behind you.” Emily Gilruth Airlifted After Fall During The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Matt Hancock Emily Gilruth Airlifted After Fall During The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse TrialsCredit:Jules Annan / Barcroft Images  British Eventing, the national governing body for the sport of eventing, said Mrs Gilhurst had started off Topwood Beau’s career off and the pair were very well acquainted. The first phase is dressage, the second, cross country, has been described as the “bravery element” and the final test of the rider’s prowess is show jumping.Known as the Wimbledon of the Eventing world, the four star international competition features the world’s top riders and comes with the highest prize money with £100,000 for the winner.Mr Seaman said: “It’s literally the top 80 protagonists of the sport. If she [Gilruth] qualified to get there she effectively is one of the top people – it’s very stringent”.”It is an all round test of the rider. Saturday is the bravery element.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The 40-year-old, from Malpas in Cheshire, is in intensive care after she fell from her 14-year-old gelding Topwood Beau at the third fence of the cross-country course on Saturday.Mrs Gilruth’s brother-in-law Andrew Gilruth told the Telegraph: “With any significant injury it’s going to be about a week before anybody knows but she’s heading in the right direction. “She was on one of the non-technical fences [when the accident occurred]. There’s no indication that its not all recoverable the problem is we just don’t know yet…you just have to wait and see how it progresses. “All the medical support was there, you couldn’t ask for any more than that. The medical cover for Badminton is very rigorous you couldn’t fault that. It’s planned with meticulous detail and all the team know exactly what they’re doing.”Julian Seaman, from the Badminton Trials, saw the accident and said Mrs Gilruth fell having negotiated a fence after either the rider or the horse misjudge the distance.”To be honest it’s a big challenge of a course but it was surprisingly early on that she had a hiccup like that but one a cross country course, every course is a challenge,” he said. The sister of government minister Matt Hancock has suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling from her horse during the Badminton Horse Trials.Rider Emily Gilruth, the older sister of Mr Hancock, a minister in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, was competing in the country’s top Eventing competition when she had to be airlifted to Bristol’s Southmead Hospital. Emily Gilruth  Emily Gilruth  In a statement, her family said on Monday afternoon: “Emily’s family would like to thank all the many well-wishers for the lovely supportive messages that they have received.”Emily suffered a traumatic brain injury when falling from her horse at the third fence at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday 6th May. She was airlifted to Bristol’s Southmead hospital.”The doctors are pleased with her progress. She has had a stable night and remains under sedation.”We would like to say a huge thank you to Badminton’s medical team, for their efficient and very caring service, also to the staff in the intensive care unit at Southmead.”Mr Hancock, who also takes a keen interest in horses and previously trained as a jockey, has not commented publicly on his sister’s accident.  Matt Hancock Mrs Gilruth has been described by friends as a highly experienced rider, and was competing in the second phase of the three-part competition when the accident occurred.A talented rider, Mrs Gilruth has competed in British event competitions for 18 years and runs her own yard. She first competed at Badminton last year and was riding a favourite horse – Topwood Beau – who she has been competing on since 2008.last_img

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