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Nicola Wilson still in intensive care but ‘in good spirits’ after Badminton fall

Nicola Wilson competes on JL Dublin during the Cross Country on day four of the Badminton Horse Trials (Steve Parsons/PA)
Nicola Wilson competes on JL Dublin during the Cross Country on day four of the Badminton Horse Trials (Steve Parsons/PA)

Nicola Wilson remains in intensive care but “comfortable and in good spirits” at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital following a cross-country fall during the Badminton Horse Trials.

The European individual eventing champion, 45, fell from her horse JL Dublin 10 days ago.

A statement posted on her official website read: “Nicola is at Southmead Hospital in Bristol following her fall from JL Dublin at Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday 7th May.

“Nic is still in intensive care, and is expected to remain there for the next week to 10 days before being moved to a spinal unit closer to home.

“She remains comfortable and in good spirits.

“‘Dubs’ (JL Dublin) is happy and content, and is enjoying the sunshine and the spring grass.”

British Equestrian said last week that Wilson had suffered “several spinal fractures” but did not require surgery.

Nicola WIlson
Nicola Wilson is the European individual eventing champion (Jon Stroud/PA)

Wilson, who is from Northallerton in North Yorkshire, won European individual and team gold aboard JL Dublin in Switzerland last year.

She was also a member of Great Britain’s silver medal-winning team at the London 2012 Olympics.

Badminton cross-country action was watched by a crowd of more than 100,000 as the event returned following a three-year absence.

Laura Collett and London 52 claimed a first Badminton win, with world champion Ros Canter finishing second and Collett’s Tokyo Olympics team gold medal-winning colleague Oliver Townend taking third.

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