Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Caroline Martin are recovering following their falls yesterday on Advanced cross country at Millbrook Horse Trials in Millbrook, New York.
Sara and Rubens D’Ysieux won Millbrook last year and were leading going into cross country this year. They fell at fence 18, a wagon; the fall was not rotational. Rubens D’Ysieux, a 13-year-old Selle Francais owned by The Rubens D’Ysieux Syndicate, did not sustain any injuries.
Sara sustained multiple fractures in her spine, as well as disc and ligament damage. She was transported by ambulance to MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, and will undergo surgery this morning.
“My dear friend is absolutely fine, was going like a dream, and deserved to win. As long as he is OK, life is good. There is always another day,” Sara said. “The doctors and nurses have been taking excellent care of me in the ICU at MidHudson Regional Hospital, and I’m very lucky that I received such quick and thorough help onsite at Millbrook.”
Caroline Martin and Cristano Z had a rotational fall at fence 4, a table. The 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding was uninjured in the fall.
Caroline was also transported by ambulance to MidHudson Regional Hospital and is now resting comfortably at home in Pennsylvania. She told EN she is sore but doing well and awaiting further evaluation with her doctor.
We wish both Sara and Caroline speedy healing and would like to send a special thank you to the medical teams at Millbrook, who were with both riders as soon as possible and provided excellent care.
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