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Hunter Dies from Head Injury

Rider died after stag hunt fall

A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death on a man who fell from his horse during a stag hunt.

John A'Brook, joint master of the Quantock Stag Hounds, died from head injuries after the fall in October. The 54-year-old farmer from Upton, Somerset, was leading the hunt when he fell from his mount.

On Thursday the Taunton inquest heard the "experienced rider" had not attached the safety helmet's chinstrap.

An hour into the hunt the party were travelling down an unclassified road on a farm in Shillingford, Exmoor, when Mr A'Brook suddenly fell from his horse.

Head injuries

The late man's friend, Ken Govier, told the inquest: "In my opinion Max just fell off. When he fell he didn't put his hands out to break his fall. "His head hit the ground, he didn't shout to me during the incident at all. In a matter of seconds I caught up to him, he was lying on his back and his hat was rolling down the road. "I think he lost consciousness before the fall. If it had happened in a field he would have been with us today."

Mr A'Brook regained consciousness and was taken by ambulance to Bristol's Frenchay Hospital. He died at the hospital six days later of head injuries.

Recording a verdict of accidental death Coroner Michael Rose said: "This is a sad case. He was an experienced rider."

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