Man hurt in horse fall

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A 77-YEAR-OLD man was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after his horse reared up and fell on top of him while out on a hunt.

Charles Williamson, who is from the Mid Suffolk area, sustained a fractured pelvis and abdominal injuries in the fall in Whatfield, near Hadleigh, at around 2pm on Saturday.

James Buckle, who was master of the hunt on the day, described the incident.

“We were just standing in a heap and his horse went up on his front legs and went over backwards,” he said.

“It is very sad and we are all upset about it. He is a lovely guy who has been hunting all his life. It was only the second day he had been hunting this season.”

Mr Buckle added: “He is a very popular member of the hunt and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

Due to the isolated location of the accident, Mr Williamson, a member of the Essex and Suffolk Hunt, was airlifted to Ipswich Hospital, where his condition was described as “serious”, by the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Mr Williamson was subsequently transferred to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and was due to undergo surgery on his injuries on Monday.