A Wirral rider knocked unconscious after being thrown from her horse on the beach is appealing for help in tracing the heroic stranger who rushed to her aid.
Georgina Aspey was riding her four-year-old Welsh Cob Rosie with her riding partner near the water when a dog bounded over and the horse spooked.
The 41-year-old, from Moreton, suffered a broken arm and was knocked unconscious after falling as the terrified horse bolted into the sea between Leasowe Bay and New Brighton.
But a woman walking along the beach came to her aid and, when she woke, kept her talking until paramedics arrived, using her scarf as a sling for the injured rider.
Coastguard crews and beach lifeguards were called in while both a land and air ambulance attended, and Georgina was taken to Arrowe Park hospital, where she underwent two CT scans and six X-rays.
The grateful rider has managed to thank others who helped her, but is now keen to find the mystery woman with red curly hair who tended to her as she lay injured on the sand.
Georgina said: “I really want to find the lady with the long red curly hair to thank her.
“Apparently I was unconscious and unresponsive, I have broken my left arm and may need a plate and screws.
“I’ve bruised my hip bone, which is very painful, and have other bruises to my legs, arm, and ribs.
“Without her I have no idea what would have happened to me, I dread to think.
“I know when I woke up she kept me talking, kept me awake and used her scarf as a sling for my arm, bless her.”
Georgina said she had been riding along the beach on Saturday morning well away from families or dog-walkers when they heard a man shouting at around 11.15am.
She said: “I could see the chap who was in his 50s with an Afghan hound-type dog. He had hold of him at first, but the dog was jumping up and down and barking.
“I could see the man was not able to control the dog and told my riding partner to head out to the water.
“The dog then gave chase, barking and bounding over to us. As it caught up my horse got spooked and bolted off and unfortunately jumped and I fell off.
“My riding partner dismounted to grab Rosie but then another dog chased both horses into the water.
But she called on dog owners whose pets won’t come when they call then to keep them on a lead.
She added: “We were well out into the beach, giving consideration to the public, and I would like the same consideration for horse riders.
“My injuries are serious, but it could have been much worse.”
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