Racehorse trainer Richard Clarke was been injured during morning duties at his licensed Braidwood stables on Tuesday [5th February 2019].
His son, Luke, with whom he trains in partnership, reported that Richard was discovered unconscious at around 5:30am after he was attending to horses on the walking machine. It is unknown at this stage what has occurred.
Richard was airlifted to Canberra Hospital and is currently being treated for a fracture to his skull and bleeding on the brain.
[Update at 4:30pm on Thursday 28th February]: Son Luke has reported that injured racehorse trainer Richard Clarke has been discharged from hospital and moved into a rehab facility in Canberra. They are working on getting his left leg and arm moving again.
[Update at 3pm on Wednesday 13th February]: Richard's son, Luke, reports that his father now has limited movement in his hands and legs, but it will be a long recovery.
[Update at 5pm on Thursday 7th February]: Dr Duckworth reports that Richard has been discharged from ICU to the ward and is now conscious. Richard still has limited movement in his legs and this will take time to recover.
[Update at 11am on Wednesday 6th February]: Dr Duckworth reports that Richard Clarke had surgery yesterday on his fractured skull. He had a bleed on the brain and the surgery was to release the pressure on the brain. Apparently, all the surgery went well but it will be a slow recovery and Richard has minimal feelings in his legs.