Jon Holling Breaks Leg in Cross Country Schooling Accident

Photo courtesy of Jon Holling. Photo courtesy of Jon Holling.

Jon Holling took an unplanned dismount into the water jump while schooling yesterday, resulting in a broken leg that has put his spring competition plans up in the air. We’re happy to report that the horse was uninjured, although Jon was not as lucky.

Photo via Holling Eventing on Facebook.

Photo via Holling Eventing on Facebook.

He posted the following statement on the Holling Eventing Facebook page:

Had an unfortunate schooling accident yesterday. I was schooling the water jump when my horse stumbled and fell. Unfortunately, when he got up he stepped all over me and broke my leg. The good news is that he is perfectly fine and happily out in his field enjoying a beautiful Florida day. I am not sure what this means for our spring plans.

Short term, the horses will not be running at Carolina this weekend. I hope to know more after I see the doctor this week.

Honestly I am feeling very lucky that escaped with just a broken leg. I am so fortunate to have such a great group of understanding and supporting owners. Every one of them have been nothing short of amazing. Also, a big thank you to our entire team here at Holling Eventing led by Katy Long. Without all of them picking me up and helping out, I am not sure we could have gotten through the day.

Jon is waiting until he speaks with an orthopedic doctor to plan his comeback schedule. He has Zatopek B entered at Rolex this year, and was also scheduled to ride six horses at Carolina International this coming weekend.

Injuries such as these never have good timing, but we are relieved to hear that Jon will make a full recovery. Please join us in wishing Jon the speediest of recoveries.