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Rider crushed after ‘off-road bikers spooked her horse’ – as police arrest two men for drug driving

Rider crushed after ‘off-road bikers spooked her horse’ – as police arrest two men for drug driving

Two men have been arrested for drug driving after a British event rider was crushed under her horse and suffered life-changing injuries. Anna Tomson, 41, was put in an induced coma and on a ventilator in hospital after she was was thrown from her saddle on May 17. Her horse Berry, who weighs one-ton, was

Two men have been arrested for drug driving after a British event rider was crushed under her horse and suffered life-changing injuries.

Anna Tomson, 41, was put in an induced coma and on a ventilator in hospital after she was was thrown from her saddle on May 17.

Her horse Berry, who weighs one-ton, was allegedly ‘spooked’ by five off-road bikers, as she was riding in Oxfordshire, and landed on top of her.

Anna Tomson was treated at the scene in College Woods, Goring Heath, Oxfordshire (pictured) by air ambulance medical professionals, but was transported to hospital by land ambulance

Anna Tomson was treated at the scene in College Woods, Goring Heath, Oxfordshire (pictured) by air ambulance medical professionals, but was transported to hospital by land ambulance

Police arrested a 22-year-old man from Earley on suspicion of driving a vehicle while over the prescribed limit for drugs and possession of class B drugs.

Another 22-year-old man from Woodley was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injuries by driving and driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs.

Five off-road motorcycles and white Ford Transit van have been seized in connection with the investigation.

Both men have now both been released under investigation.

Ms Tomson, an amateur rider, has competed in events since 2002, according to the British Eventing website 

Anna Tomson, 41, (pictured) was put in an induced coma and on a ventilator in hospital after she was was thrown from her saddle on May 17

Anna Tomson, 41, (pictured) was put in an induced coma and on a ventilator in hospital after she was was thrown from her saddle on May 17

She was trotting her horse on a bridleway in a wooded area in College Woods, Goring Heath, Oxfordshire, around midday last Sunday when she was thrown from her horse.  

Hundreds of well-wishers have pledged more than £10,000 towards a £30,000 fund-raising target to help Anna’s long road to recovery.

Her friend Sarah Peters posted online, ‘Anna is a vibrant human being who unfortunately had a tragic accident that will change her life for the foreseeable future due to no fault of her own.   

Police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of driving a vehicle while over the prescribed limit for drugs and possession of class B drugs. Another 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injuries by driving and driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs (Anna Tomson pictured)

 Police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of driving a vehicle while over the prescribed limit for drugs and possession of class B drugs. Another 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injuries by driving and driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs (Anna Tomson pictured)

‘She will need many months of rehab and will not be able to work for a long time.

‘I would like to help her with this not only on a personal recovery aspect but on a financial aspect so she does not have to worry about how she will have to pay for life while she recovers.

‘I know we are all struggling in these times of covid but if you could help and support her I know this would mean the world to her and help her recover knowing she had people who care and love her and wish to support her.

‘I personally will be giving Anna her livery for free and caring for her horse Berry until she is at a point in her life where she is able to return to normality.  

Ms Tomson, an amateur rider, has competed in events since 2002, according to the British Eventing website

Ms Tomson, an amateur rider, has competed in events since 2002, according to the British Eventing website

Ms Peters, whose fund-raising appeal has already passed £10,000, said last night ‘Update on Anna today is that she has been to surgery to fix her two very broken ribs with six plates and the other seven are just normal broken and don’t need plating.

‘She is back in icu and stable…the doctors will try and reduce sedation again tomorrow and see how she is when she starts waking up.

‘Thank you everyone for your support and donations – you’re all just amazing.’  

Police are appealing for witnesses following the incident near the Oxfordshire/Berkshire border.

Investigating officer PC Chris Weatherley of the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing based at Abingdon, said ‘We are looking to establish if the bikes that rode past the horse caused it to bolt.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened on May 17. (Anna Tomson pictured with her horse)

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened on May 17. (Anna Tomson pictured with her horse)

Her friend Sarah Peters has raised more than £10,000 towards a £30,000 fund-raising target to help Anna's long road to recovery

Her friend Sarah Peters has raised more than £10,000 towards a £30,000 fund-raising target to help Anna’s long road to recovery

‘We also need to establish if the bikes were using the bridleway or footpaths, which would be a public place, or whether they went deeper into the woods, which would have been more private.

‘I am appealing for anybody who witnessed the incident at the time who may have seen the horse and rider or off road bikes, to please make contact with police.

‘The injured woman was treated at the scene by the air ambulance medical professionals, but was transported to hospital by land ambulance.

‘She remains in hospital at this time in a serious but stable condition.’   

Her horse was not injured. 

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