Woman in critical condition after fall from horse in Ridgefield

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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Paramedics rushed a woman to the hospital in critical condition after her neighbors found her on the ground unconscious after an apparent fall from her horse Thursday.

Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said firefighters were called to in the 25000 block of Northeast 18th Court in Ridgefield around 2:15 p.m.

It appeared the woman had been riding a horse and was somehow thrown off, he said.

“Fortunately, some neighbors saw her horse out in the fields without a rider on it,” he said.

They went to check it out, and when they found her on the ground unconscious, they dialed 911.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived to find the woman was severely injured. Dawdy said she was in such bad shape that three paramedics rode with her in the back of the ambulance to the hospital.

Dawdy said it was unclear what her condition was at the hospital, nor was it clear how long she was on the ground before the neighbors noticed the riderless horse.

“We’re very grateful that her alert neighbors saw something was wrong,” he said.