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A 61-year-old NSW woman was struck by a horse at the anti-Adani rally at Clermont. Photo Matthew Newton.

A woman in her 60s has been knocked down against a Clermont showground gate by an out of control man on horseback opposed to the peaceful Stop Adani Convoy event.

Police have charged a 41-year-old man with dangerous operation of a vehicle (namely a horse) causing grievous bodily harm following an incident at the Clermont Showgrounds yesterday.

It will be alleged a man riding a horse entered the entertainment ring at the showgrounds around 3.30pm. A 61-year-old NSW woman, who was heading towards a gate, was struck by the horse.

Bob Brown and others wait with the woman for an ambulance. Photo Matthew Newton.

Investigations to date have revealed that as the man was attempting to exit the ring, a woman and a group of others attempted to close a gate which the horse had struck.

The woman sustained serious injuries, bruising and abrasions. Her injures are believed to be non-life-threatening. She was transported to Clermont Hospital before being transferred to Mackay Hospital.

Police arrested a Clermont man near the incident a short time later. He has been charged with dangerous operation, common assault, trespass and obstruct police and is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today.

Police remained in the area overnight.

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  1. It is sad to see a woman was so badly injured when she was attending a PEACEFUL protest.
    The person guilty of causing her injuries deserves to be jailed.

  2. I hope the peaceful protester fully recovers,
    maybe dont atempt to close a gate in front of a galloping horse.. could of broken the horses leg or worse. Bad enough this protester was hurt .

  3. Correct me if I am wrong… the rider of the horse &
    the horse should not have been in the showground
    arena. Charging through & about & yelling like a
    sick sounding mule tells the story ‘the Convoy’ had
    fallen into the rider’s/screamer’s bad books. Enough


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