reland’s Conor Swail is likely to be out of action for the next couple of months after injuring his Achilles tendon while on course at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada last week. Swail was competing in the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open speed class on Ariana when he sustained the injury at the second fence, on course.
“Just as my mare was taking off for the 2nd fence, I put a bit of leg on and my spur got caught in a bit of the equipment. When she stretched out, my (left) ankle stayed down and the stretch ripped my calf and Achilles. As soon as I landed, it was totally numb… just pins and needles and I couldn’t feel it” explained Swail to Horse and Hound.
The top-ranked Irish rider continued his round, negotiating some fences without a stirrup, to finish 11th, but admitted, “there was a lot of pain afterwards.” A brief visit to medical staff confirmed Conor had damaged his Achilles, but he was planning to fly home to Ireland for a fuller diagnosis by a specialist.
Having already won three events with Game Ready, Ariana and Arista that week, Conor still won Toronto’s leading international rider award, but he had to hop down the steps from the seating area to receive the award.
While he won’t be missing much in the way of competition during his time off, Swail did express his disappointment about being unable to play golf. Something the top Irish rider planned to do before competing in Florida for the Winter Equestrian Festival.
Source: Horse and Hound/Royal Winter Fair