Joanne Vaughan, Briton Riding for Georgia, Suffers Broken Ankle in Horse Accident Continues to Compete

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Joanne Vaughan riding Stuntmann AF Hvarre in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* GRand Prix Freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Joanne Vaughan riding Stuntmann AF Hvarre in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* GRand Prix Freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 12, 2016–Joanne Vaughan, the Briton who rides for Georgia, involved in a horse accident continued to compete until pain forced her to the hospital where two fractures of her ankle were found. An hour after treatment, she returned to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival to ride in the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle.

The horse at the center of Joanne’s trauma at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Global show grounds was Stuntmann AF Hvarre who spooked during schooling in the main arena Tuesday night. She came off. An expensive vehicle displayed in the arena was damaged.

Joanne, 45 and in her third year at Global, was in pain but competed Stuntmann in the Grand Prix Wednesday and on Thursday another of her horses, Elmegarden’s Marquis, the horse that Emile Faurie rode for her on the British gold medal team at the European Championships in 2011.

The pain was so intense on Friday morning that she went to the hospital emergency room for a diagnosis.

A little over an hour after the diagnosis she was warming up Stuntmann, a 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, then competed the horse in the Freestyle.

Friday night, she was in the VIP pavilion watching the CDI5* Freestyle with her right foot propped on a chair.