HORSE FALL: Airborne paramedics prepare to airlift a woman to Brisbane after she was injured in a fall from a horse at the Manumbar Campdraft on Saturday.
HORSE FALL: Airborne paramedics prepare to airlift a woman to Brisbane after she was injured in a fall from a horse at the Manumbar Campdraft on Saturday. Contributed

Woman airlifted with punctured lung after equestrian fall

AN EQUESTRIAN competitor suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung when she fell from a horse at the Manumbar Campdraft, west of Gympie, paramedics and event organisers say.

Campdraft volunteer Val Knight said the woman was initially attended by Murgon Ambulance at the campdraft grounds, after a nearby resident called for help.

The woman, 40 was transported to Kingaroy Hospital and later flown to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital, in a condition described by an RACQ Lifeflight spokeswoman as "serious but stable."

Ambulance paramedics were initially concerned the woman, 40, may have suffered a spinal injury when she fell, about 7am, according to a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman.

The campdraft is a big event in the tiny and relatively isolated centre, which Mrs Knight says is essentially a hall, with the campdraft grounds across the road.

"It cvan take an hour to get here from Murgon and there's no mobile reception either," she said.

"A man who lives close by used his phone to call the ambulance," Mrs Knight said.

She said organisers had been told the injured woman was recovering but had suffered a punctured lung and a broken rib.

Gympie Times

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