Rider in horse fall ‘saved by my hat’

By Clare Carswell

Published: 04/12/2013

A YOUNG woman told last night how her favourite riding hat saved her life when she was thrown from a horse head-first into a wall.

Jayne Emery, from Ellon, had the accident with her new horse Panda – short for Pandora – while competing at Fountain Equestrian Centre in Dyce.

The 20-year-old, who works as a groom for Douglas Edward at Berefold near Ellon, has been riding horses for 10 years – but nothing could have prepared her for the ordeal on Saturday morning.

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