A rider injured while showjumping at the Maniototo A&P
Show in Ranfurly yesterday was in a serious condition in
Dunedin Hospital intensive care unit last night.
Zara Crutchley, a horse steward at the show, was competing in
a jumping class in the Maniototo Domain about 2pm when her
horse Just Dusty ''seemed to spook and ploughed straight
through a jump'', a spectator said. Ms Crutchley was thrown
off and landed on the grass.
St John ambulance officers, including her mother Glenis
Crutchley, Maniototo station manager, were already on site
and treated her at the scene before she was transported by
ambulance to the Maniototo Hospital. From there, Ms Crutchley
was flown to Dunedin Hospital in the Otago Regional Rescue
During his speech at the opening of the show, Maniototo
A&P Association president Chris Steele said his thoughts
were with the Crutchley family and he hoped for a speedy
recovery for Ms Crutchley.