Former Norfolk horsewoman and her daughter injured when car hits horses

Hayley Gibbs and Rosemoor. Hayley Gibbs and Rosemoor.

Friday, December 21, 2012
11:12 AM

The former editor of the EDP’s equestrian page and her daughter are relieved to be alive after the horses they were riding were hit by a car on a Berkshire road.

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Hayley Gibbs, 46, and her daughter Lily, 22, were riding their respective horses Rosemoor and Tuppence back to a livery yard in Hatchet Lane, near Ascot Racecourse following a hack in Windsor Great Park when they were struck from behind by an Audi.

The impact caused the pair to fly backwards from their horses and over the top of the car, landing on their backs on the road. A third rider who was with them, Ian Smeeth, who owns the livery yard, was also thrown onto his back, but was not seriously injured and was able to help at the scene.

Mrs Gibbs sustained multiple fractures to her face and right wrist, while Lily suffered injuries to her back. An air ambulance and ambulance took them to Frimley Park hospital near Bagshot for treatment and surgery for Mrs Gibbs’ injuries, though both have since been released from hospital.

Sadly, both horses, which were bred in Norfolk, died from their injuries leaving the Gibbs family devastated at the loss of horses they had owned for up to 10 years and which had competed in the Horse of the Year show.

Mrs Gibbs’ husband Barry said: “Hayley was just relieved to be alive and thankful that they had both survived and wanting to raise more awareness of horses on the road and to educate people about them.”

She edited the equestrian page for the EDP, providing stories from the equine world, while living in Forncett St Peter with her family, who are currently renting a home in Berkshire where they work in the film industry.

During her career, Mrs Gibbs has worked as a film prop co-ordinator on the James Bond spy thriller Quantum of Solace.

The couple, who are both film technicians, also have a son Freddie, 16, who is boarding at Greshams School in Holt.

A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and driving without due care and attention in connection with the incident in Hatchet Lane on December 8.

He is due to answer bail at Maidenhead police station on January 22.

The family are also calling for donations for the air ambulance.

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