Professional horse trainer has died after falling from horse and sustaining brain injury while intoxicated

A professional horse trainer “suddenly felt dizzy” when she fell from a horse and suffered a fatal brain injury, according to an investigation.

Annette Elizabeth Day, a frequent and experienced rider, was riding an arena at Lambley Paddocks, Lambley Road, Lowdham, when her husband, Andrew, heard a change in the horse’s pace.

The Nottingham Coroner’s Court learned on Thursday, December 30, after the inquest into Ms Day’s death, that the horse’s footsteps had alerted Mr Day that something was wrong.

He found his wife lying on the floor and asked her if she was okay and she said she was not injured.

She said she was on the horse when she “suddenly felt dizzy” and was on the ground.

No damage was found on the helmet the 60-year-old was wearing and the fall occurred in soft sand.

The inquest heard that Ms. Day said “let’s go home.” Mr. Day retrieved the car and they drove home to Lambley Paddocks, but she passed out.

Mr Day, also a professional horse trainer, called emergency services and his wife was taken to Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham.

Ms Day had a Glasgow coma score of 3 (3 is completely unresponsive and it goes up to 15 which is responsive).

Mrs. Day was unconscious and incubated. She had bleeding on the surface of her brain and nothing could be done surgically to help it.

“Her brain injury was thought to be insurmountable,” said Dr Elizabeth Didcock, one of the assistant coroners for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

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Dr Didcock said: “He (her husband) reports that she was a long-time alcoholic and drank about half a bottle of spirits a day. On the fall day she drank a double scoop of Gin and Tonic at 6 a.m.

“He was not sure whether she had a traumatic fall from the horse, as there was no mark on the helmet and the reins were in the middle of the horse’s neck.”

She fell from her horse around 4:30 p.m. on May 14 of this year, two days before she died in hospital.

The fall was not observed, but her husband was nearby.

The cause of death was (1a) Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) – which bleeds in and around the brain; (1b) fall from horse; (1c) alcohol poisoning.

Toxicology has shown that she has 173 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood – the legal limit being 80 for driving.

She had been drinking since that morning and was known to have a long term drinking problem.

Dr Didcock concluded that his death was accidental and referred to the intracranial hemorrhage caused by a fall from a horse while he was intoxicated by alcohol.

“I do suspect that it was the alcohol that led to the fall,” she added.

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