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March 29, 2013

Woman injured in fall from horse

MERRIMAC — A 47-year-old woman was flown to a Boston-area hospital via helicopter Wednesday evening after falling from her horse while riding inside the Sons of the Wind Farm off Birchmeadow Road. Almost 24 hours later, police and fire officials were releasing few details on the victim’s identity or where she lives.

Merrimac police Chief Eric Shears said rescue units responded to several 911 calls received around 5:39 p.m. Wednesday saying that a woman had fallen several feet from her horse and was unresponsive and falling in-and--out of consciousness by the time rescue units arrived.

A landing zone was secured at the Donaghue Elementary School and the victim was flown by Medflight helicopter to Boston Medical Center.

According to its website, Sons of the Wind Farm was established in 1997 by Vitor J. Silva, a Lusitanian native of Portugal and boasts formal Lusitano horse training with an emphasis on classical dressage. Lusitano horses, popular in the Iberian peninsula where Portugal is located, are known for their gray hair and their prowess in equestrian events.

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