Horse rider hurt after dog chase

Korrie Wright, 12, who was thrown from her horse after a dog barked at it and the owner just left her lying on the ground with a broken ankle. She's got to have an operation tomorrow to pin it and it means she won't be able to compete for several months. Also pictured is her mum, Leonie Hughes. (d18041154)
Korrie Wright, 12, who was thrown from her horse after a dog barked at it and the owner just left her lying on the ground with a broken ankle. She's got to have an operation tomorrow to pin it and it means she won't be able to compete for several months. Also pictured is her mum, Leonie Hughes. (d18041154)

A PROMISING young showjumper has been left nursing a broken ankle after her horse bolted when it was spooked by a barking dog.

Now Korrie Wright’s mum, Leonie Hughes, has appealed to dog owners to keep their pets on a lead to prevent similar accidents happening.

Leonie, of East Bierley, said she was even more appalled that the dog owner just left her daughter lying on the ground after the incident which happened on a bridleway at Birkenshaw Moor last Wednesday.

Twelve-year-old Korrie was taken to Dewsbury and District Hospital where an x-ray revealed her ankle was broken and on Tuesday she underwent surgery at Pinderfields Hospital to pin the broken bone.

Leonie said: “Korrie has been riding since she was seven so she is very experienced. She was riding her pony, Roxy, with her friend — who’s 15 and also very experienced — when the dog, which wasn’t on a lead, started chasing them.

“Korrie’s horse bolted and she came off. The man whose dog it was didn’t even go over to her to see if she was all right. It was left to a passer-by who thankfully came up to help.

“I wasn’t far behind her and saw the passer-by looking after her. We made sure she was all right, then I got on her horse and rode up to the dog walker.

“He just didn’t seem interested and all he could say was that dog walkers were entitled to use the moor, but we were on the bridle path, not the public footpath. Then the dog started barking and charged up at me.”

Korrie, who has been competing for about three years, was looking forward to the new showjumping season but the accident has set her back months.

“She will have a pot on for about eight weeks and the pin could take up to six months,” said Leonie.

“It will take a long time to get her fitness levels back so she can compete again.

“But I’m even more angry that he couldn’t be bothered to go over to her to just see if she was all right.

“He should have waited with her and asked if there was anyone he could call to help.

“An accident is an accident, but he didn’t stay around, he just showed no concern for her whatsoever. He didn’t even put the dog back on the lead, just left it to do the same thing to someone else.

“I’d just like to appeal to other dog owners to keep their pets under control and on a lead, especially when they are on bridlepaths.

“We don’t want anyone else to have to go through the same thing as Korrie.”