Guelph/Eramosa fire department responds to trauma call at Angelstone

ERIN – A woman was taken to hospital after falling off a horse here on Sunday afternoon.

The Guelph/Eramosa fire department, along with Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS), responded to a trauma call at Angelstone Farms on Wellington Road 50 at about 2:30pm on Aug. 14.

“A rider had fallen off her horse onto her head,” said Fire Chief Jim Petrik.

“She was conscious when we arrived, but we were concerned about a spinal injury, so we protected her spine until EMS arrived.”

Petrik said it was an approximately 60-year-old female involved.

“There’s nothing specific about the case that let us be concerned about it other than generally an injury like that, especially with an impact of the head, we’re always really concerned about protecting them from any further damage if there is a spinal injury,” he explained.

Petrik said firefighters were on scene for roughly half an hour before GWPS took over and the woman was taken to hospital.

“Where the horses are, we have to be really careful when we show up,” Petrik said of the scene.

“We turn all of our lights and sirens and everything off when we approach those because with all those horses around, they can be spooked really easily.

“We just kind of go in and get our job done and get out because it’s a fairly vulnerable situation with horses and riders all over the place,” he added.

“So we try and minimize our impact on the scene.”

The Advertiser was unable to get an update on the woman’s condition on Monday.

Angelstone, which hosts several major show jumping events each year, was hosting its “Major League Opener” (Aug. 10 to 14) at the time of the incident.