Ride ‘em cowboys ... and indians!

Village Inn - raising money for Air Ambulance
Village Inn - raising money for Air Ambulance

A PUB landlady who broke her back in a freak horseriding accident has been raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance - by saddling up for a rootin’ tootin’ trek.

Lindsey Courtney, who was thrown from her horse last year, along with her friend Rebecca Nicholas, organised a posse of fundraisers for an 18-mile ride from Bugthorpe to Wilberfoss, dressed as cowboys and cowgirls.

Despite the rain, 17 riders joined the recent walk, which ended at her pub, The Village Inn in Wilberfoss, where they enjoyed a barbecue and raffle.

Lindsey, who is 29 years old, said: “It was a great day, thank you so much to everyone for turning up and everyone that helped on the day to make sure it was a brilliant event.

“We are hoping to do something similar next year with a different fancy dress theme.

“We need to say a huge thank you to those who donated. We have raised over £3,000.”

Over 80 prizes had been donated by local business, including Burton’s Butchers in Pocklington who provided the meat for the barbecue.

Lindsey chose to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance after the accident in August of last year.

Despite being an experienced rider, she was thrown from her friend’s horse in Wilberfoss after the animal stumbled. Lindsey landed on her heels before tumbling, and at first only thought she was winded.

Having called the emergency services, she was given the option of being rescued by the helicopter which could have reached her in a fraction of the time, but felt she was not that badly injured and opted for a regular ambulance.

She said “I didn’t think it was that bad and really didn’t think I needed the air ambulance, but it’s just reassuring to know that if anything happens, then they are there.

“That’s why we decided to do this sponsored ride.”

Following the accident, Lindsey was taken to York District Hospital and underwent CT scans and x-rays which revealed she had two broken vertebrae in her back, and a third that had been crushed.

She was transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary where she was kept in for three days and underwent an operation to inject vertebroplasty, also known as bone cement, into the damaged vertebrae.

For the next ten weeks she was forced to wear a special body brace but admits she still suffers from back pain a year on.

She added: “It was pretty serious and it has been very painful. Even now I can only sit for maybe ten minutes before it starts to hurt.

“It’s something that I will probably have to live with.

“I would have been in hospital for a lot longer had it not been for the vertebroplasty. If I had known it was that serious, I would have had the air ambulance.

“They run solely on donations and they run every day of the year, and this made us more aware of how important this charity is for everyone.”