Clayton Fredericks is in hospital following a crashing fall cross country at Samur CCI three-star event in France at the weekend (19 May).
The Australian Olympic hopeful parted company with Be My Guest (Lottie) at fence 15, and the mare then trod on his stomach. Clayton was taken to hospital for a series of tests before being transferred to another hospital to see a specialist.
Writing on his Facebook page Clayton reassured his many well wishers, telling them he still had his eye firmly on the Olympics.
“I’m absolutely fine, feeling frustrated to be laying here in hospital,” he said. “I will be scanned in a few days and hopefully on my way back and to London preparations.”
Clayton is now based in Wiltshire with his wife, eventer Lucinda, who was competing at Little Downham horse trials when she heard the news. Lucinda has been in regular touch with Clayton, but says that his mother, Pauline, has been keeping a close eye on him.”
“He feels fine, a little pain but needs a few quiet days, " she said. "Pauline is going to stay in the ‘mini wini’ close by till they both come home early this week."
Be My Guest, who Clayton rode to fifth place at last year’s Kentucky three day event, was unhurt in the accident.