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Horse rider deliberately frightened by van driver

Jo McCormac with her horse Dubh who were struck by drivers deliberately driving too close in Whitfield. PNL-140416-154437001

Jo McCormac with her horse Dubh who were struck by drivers deliberately driving too close in Whitfield. PNL-140416-154437001

A teenage horse rider was left badly shaken when a driver deliberately passed too closely, clipping her and her horse.

Jo McCormac, 16, and her horse Dubh were struck by the wing mirror of one of two vans which had purposefully driven past repeatedly while she was riding in Mill Lane, in Whitfield near Brackley last Saturday.

The white van sped up as she approached while out on an afternoon ride and then turned round to come past her several times. Dubh was spooked by the vehicles, spinning round in the road and trying to head for home.

Jo’s mum, Jenny McCormac, said: “They were trying to scare her as a prank. It is very immature and very dangerous.”

She added either Dubh or Jo could have been seriously hurt if Dubh had been frightened into rearing up and unseating her rider.

The incident has shaken Jo’s confidence and she now prefers to ride on private bridleways rather than using public roads. She said: “I was hanging on for my life. She [Dubh] was going mental. I was angry and scared. I got off and walked home as she was kicking out at cars after that.”

Unfortunately Jo was too shocked to take down the drivers’ number plates so the police have been unable to follow-up the incident.

The family, who live in Brackley, have decided not to use that road in future.

 

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