FORMER Common-Riding Committee chairman Jim Hogg is recovering in hospital after a horrific fall at Saturday’s Roberton Ride-out.
The 67-year-old was thrown from his horse shortly after leaving Roberton, sustaining a fracture in his neck.
Dr Niall Campbell (inset), Gordon Jackson, and several others attended to Mr Hogg at the scene and he was subsequently taken by air ambulance to Borders General Hospital.
His family said this week: “We want to sincerely thank everybody for their help at the scene and we are just thankful that there were medically-trained personnel on the ride. It appears that the horse stumbled over a rabbit hole which led to the fall and it was just a freak accident.”
They explained that there has been some progress. However, plans to move Mr Hogg to a specialist spinal unit in Glasgow were put on hold during the week after he was found to be suffering from double pneumonia.
The family admitted they have been overwhelmed by good wishes since the nasty accident.
They added: “We’ve had so many well wishers and messages, and the level of help and support has been amazing.”
Current chairman of the Common-Riding Committee, Stuart Marshall, joined the whole town in wishing Mr Hogg a speedy recovery.
He said: “Over the years Jim has made a massive and very valuable contribution to our Common-Riding and he’s someone we all respect so much. We are all just hoping and praying that his recovery is swift.” Mr Hogg’s fall was one of several unfortunate incidents on Saturday’s ride-out, with riders requiring treatment at various stages.
Right-Hand Man and Chief Marshal Greg Easton paid tribute to those who assisted during what turned out to be a difficult day. He said: “This was a freak accident, but thankfully the doctors and helpers handled the situation extremely well. Special praise must go to everyone who was there for their quick thinking and assistance.
“A great deal of work goes into planning each ride-out and we are very lucky to have trained professionals who assist, as well as the great work done by the marshals.”
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