Grantham, Englad – A showjumper who purposefully trampled and dragged a woman by her hair has been sentenced. Amy Ridler, aged 20, admitted in court to attacking Jill Williams, 50, after she believed Williams was filming her with a cell phone. Ridler was fined £250 ($316,) ordered to pay £300 ($379) restitution and ordered to stay away from Williams.
The attack happened in April 2016 when Ridler was showjumping at Arena UK in Grantham. Ridler’s horse refused to jump the first fence, so she smacked it, hard, and tried again. Her horse again refused to go over the fence, and Ridler was eliminated. Ridler saw Williams using her phone in a way that appeared she was filming, when in reality Williams was texting and moving the phone to reduce glare from the sun. Ridler yelled at her mom, who was standing near Williams, to “Get that f***ing phone away from her.” Ridler continued yelling and cursing at Williams and threatened to trample her with her horse.
The next thing Williams, a retired police officer, knew, Ridler rode up to her, and raised her whip as if she was going to strike her. Williams clambered over a barrier to get away. Ridler cantered her horse around the barrier and charged Williams.
Ridler pushed Williams into the railing, repeatedly. Williams told reporters about the attack. “I kept really calm but then she pushed me into the railing. I was squashed against it and I raised my arm to try and push the horse off me. Next thing I know, I felt this incredible pain on my head and she clawed my head and picked me up. I’m 12 stone (168 lbs) and six foot tall so I’m not an easy person to pick up. She then dragged me along the floor under the pony and I was trampled on.”
Williams blacked out, while spectators pulled Ridler from her horse and held her for police. Williams suffered bruising, but no serious physical injuries although she has been terrified that Ridler will attack her again.
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