After suffering a horrific fall in the CSIO5* Grand Prix of Rome on Sunday afternoon, Marco Kutscher has been hospitalized. The German rider is currently at the Umberto I Hospital in Rome. According to a press release from the show organizers, the first radiological and ultrasound ascertainments allow a sigh of relief when it comes to Kutscher's general condition. At the moment Kutscher (who is with Michael Rupig, member of the Board of the German Equestrian Federation and traumatologist by profession), is under observation and a new update will be released tomorrow morning. Vittorio Orlandi, the President of the Italian Equestrian Federation, and Eleonora Ottaviani, the show director, paid him a visit at the hospital to follow the first aid operations.
The accident occurred during the winning round of the Grand Prix, where Kutscher was the second-last rider in the ring. Marco did a short turn to the third fence in the jump-off when something went wrong and Van Gogh jumped through the oxer and ended up falling afterwards. Van Gogh ended up on his back, on top of Kutscher doing his best not to roll over his rider. The competition was brought to a halt while the German rider was brought out of the ring in an ambulance.
World of Showjumping will be back with more news as we get updated on the situation.
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