Show jumper Tim Stockdale, who seriously injured his neck in a riding fall in October, has been discharged from hospital and is on his way home.
Tim had been immobilised at the RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Oswestry in their specialist spinal unit.
Following his departure from hospital, he told SportingLife.com: "It's just great to not only be outside but also upright, having spent six weeks staring at a hospital ceiling. I remain fully supported by a collar as the fractures are still clearly visible on x-rays, but I'm over the moon that I've been allowed to continue my convalescence at home.
"I'm looking forward to seeing my sons once we get back, and then taking a gentle walk around the yard to look at the horses. I can't tell you how welcome a stroll that will be!"
This follows the news earlier this week that the popular show jumper had made his first walking steps since the accident. Tim wrote on his twitter page: "I've been to the gym to be given my exercises, and walked back. Feel fine. Can't wait to get home."
Tim hopes to make a full recovery and return to top level competition, and has not ruled out riding at the 2012 Olympic Games.