Great Britain’s Justine Dutton was the first rider on cross-country at the Great Meadow International CICO*** with Jak My Style, but she suffered a rotational fall at fence 18A, a narrow log into water.
“Jak,” a 12-year-old Thoroughbred of unrecorded breeding owned by Dutton and Kathleen Cuca, was uninjured in the fall. Dutton was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Annandale, Va., where she was diagnosed with multiple broken ribs, a broken collarbone, a fractured shoulder and humerus and a collapsed lung, according to her boyfriend Chris Barnard.
She was discharged from the hospital on July 12.
“The eventing community as well as the entire horse community have been fantastic, and Justine is extremely grateful for the love and support for her and Jak,” said Barnard. “Her trainer Buck Davidson and his girls have immediately stepped in together with her great staff at the barn to keep the horses working. Jill Henneberg, Katie Wentz and Kat Cuca were by her side from the moment after the fall until I could get [there] from Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Georgia. After some rest, Justine is looking to make a full recovery and is looking forward to getting back in the saddle as soon as she’s able to.”
Dutton, 36, Malvern, Pa., and Jak had been competing at the advanced level since last summer and most recently finished seventh at the Jersey Fresh CCI*** (N.J.).