Irish event rider Jonty Evans and his beloved ‘people’s horse’ Art made an emotional return to Belton International Horse Trials.
The winner of the 2018 Lycetts Grantham Cup at Belton Horse Trials suffered a serious brain injury in a fall on the cross-country course at Tattersalls in Ireland, on 3 June last year. He spent six weeks in a coma and medical professionals warned he might not survive, let alone walk or ride again.
A year after his first ever international victory at the Lincolnshire event, Evans has made a remarkable recovery and continues to raise funds for the David Foster Injured Riders Fund. He took part in a display in the main arena with Padraig McCarthy and Austin O Conner, and showing how far his recovery has come, jumped Art in front of packed crowds.
Stuart Buntine, Managing Director of BEDE Events which organises Belton Horse Trials, commented: “Jonty is a true legend and we are delighted that he has made such a remarkable recovery. Eventing is a thrilling, but dangerous sport. We aim is to ensure we have provision set up for when accidents such as Jonty’s occur.”
Images courtesy of Hannah Cole Photography