Australian Olympian Shane Rose in ICU Following Cross Country Schooling Fall

Shane Rose (AUS) and Virgil. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Australia’s Shane Rose has been seriously injured in a cross country schooling fall that comes just on the heels of claiming the Defender 4*-S title at New Zealand’s Land Rover Horse of the Year Show. The multi-Olympian suffered a broken femur, pelvis, and ribs, as well as a heavy concussion, in the accident; his horse was not injured. Shane is currently in the ICU being treated for his injuries and had surgery to repair the broken femur and pelvis.

“Shane is in good hands with a great medical team and support network,” representatives wrote on his social media. “While the timing is unfortunate we are hopeful there is adequate time for him to recover and still be able to continue his preparation schedule for the Paris Olympics Games.”

Shane has been prepping for a potential selection to what would be his fourth Olympic squad representing Australia this summer in Paris. The story of Shane’s resilience is one many know well; he’s no stranger to injury and recovery, having come back from several devastating injuries to resume his career as an eventer as well as a racehorse trainer.

We wish Shane the absolute best with his recovery and will keep you abreast of any updates from his team as they are made available.

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