B.C. Olympian hurt in equestrian event

Canadian rider Hawley Bennett-Awad was thrown from her horse and injured during a cross-country event at the London Olympics on Monday.

Bennett-Awad, 35, from Murrayville, B.C,. is in stable condition in Royal London Hospital, according to a press attaché. There are no other details of her injuries.

Peter Barry of Dunham, Que., also fell from his horse, Kilrodan Abbott, and did not finish. He was not hurt in the fall.

Bennett-Awad and Barry were among a half-dozen riders who fell from their mounts during the 5.7-kilometre course up and down the hills of Greenwich Park.

The cross-country portion of the three-discipline competition is designed to test horse and rider's endurance and guts. There were razor-sharp turns, blind two-metre drops and tricky combination jumps.

Before the Olympics began, Bennett-Awad told the Vancouver Sun that her horse, Gin and Juice, had a history of bucking and had already sent her to the hospital three times.

Gin and Juice is named after a Snoop Dogg song.

With files from The Canadian Press