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Rider killed as horse bolted.

A BIRMINGHAM graduate was killed on a dream riding holiday after her horse bolted and she was dragged along the ground, an inquest heard.

Gemma Wilson, who earned a first from the University of Aston, was riding in South Africa when the animal took fright in November 2009.

The 24-year-old's fiance, James Langton, could only look on in horror as she was pulled along with one foot in the stirrups, Notts Deputy Coroner Heidi Connor was told.

Her head bounced along the ground and she suffered severe head injuries.

Miss Wilson, originally from Worksop, had not been offered a helmet by the riding firm, Expedition Africa. But medical experts said a helmet would not have prevented her death.

It also took four hours for an air ambulance to arrive as none of the party knew the emergency services number or could find a mobile phone signal.

The coroner recorded a narrative verdict.

Miss Wilson's heartbroken dad Stuart Wilson, 52, from the Scottish Borders, said after the hearing: "Gemma was exceptional.

"Her death was devastating and James and the whole family have been traumatised by this."
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