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EQUESTRIAN: Fredericks leaves hospital
11:35am Friday 22nd March 2013 in Sport
AUSTRALIAN international rider and Olympian Lucinda Fredericks has been released from hospital following a rotational fall during an event in Hampshire earlier this month.
Little Cheverell-based Fredericks, 45, fractured her collarbone in four places and suffered six broken ribs as a result of the cross-country fall at Tweseldown, near Aldershot.
She underwent surgery to plate her collarbone and spent two weeks in hospital.
"Since the operation on Tuesday, Lucinda has made huge progress to the point of being discharged today," read a statement on the Team Fredericks website.
"Lucinda is incredibly grateful to all the staff at Frimley Park Hospital who have looked after her so well."
Fredericks, who rode at London 2012, is a former winner of the prestigious Badminton and Burghley four-star events and she won an Olympic silver medal as part of the Australian eventing team in 2008.
Meanwhile, Badminton Horse Trials organisers believe the threat posed by the Equine Herpes Virus at the Beaufort Hunt stables at the venue has been lifted.
A case of EPV was confirmed at the stables earlier this week, just six weeks before the 2013 Trials were due to take place.
A statement from Badminton said: "Following confirmation of Equine Herpes Virus in the Beaufort Hunt stables at Badminton, urgent action has been taken to ensure the hygiene and biosecurity of the stables to be used for the Badminton Horse Trials in six weeks time.
"All horses have already been removed from the stables and thorough cleaning and disinfecting will follow shortly. The Equine Herpes Virus cannot survive outside the horse for any appreciable length of time.
"The Hunt horse that showed clinical signs of infection is improving and is expected to make a full recovery.''
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