Showjumper rode over retired policewoman after being knocked out of competition

first_imgA showjumper has admitting trampling on a retired policewoman on horseback after wrongly accusing her of filming an equestrian event she had been competing in on her mobile phone.Amy Ridler, 20, of Cherrywood Crescent, Solihull, confessed to assaulting Jillian Williams whilst her ten-year-old daughter watched in horror at a competition held at the UK equestrian centre in Grantham last April.Pleading guilty at Lincoln Magistrates, the court heard how Ridler, 20, had charged at Mrs Williams, grabbing her by the hair and dragging her across the arena floor, before coaxing her horse towards her in an attempt to trample on her again. After being knocked unconscious, Mrs Williams claimed that Ridler attempted to steer the horse over her motionless body before being dragged from the animal by a group of spectators.Although heavily bruised from the attack, the mother-of-one escaped with only minor injuries.Ridler was fined fined £250, ordered to pay £300 in compensation and handed a restraining order prohibiting her from communicating with Mrs Williams until January 2019.A spokeswoman for British Showjumping confirmed that the governing body was aware of the incident and had  begun disciplinary procedures against Ridler. Amy Ridler, from Solihull, West Midlands, pleaded guilty Ridler was fined £250 Mrs Williams, 50, a former dog handler for Sussex Police, described how Ridler had mistakenly accused her of filming the competition, only to then ride her down when she tried to escape.“I’d forgotten to cancel my dog walker that day, so I was trying to text him while watching Amy showjump,” she said.“The sun was in my eyes and I couldn’t see, so I was waving my phone all over the place. She saw me standing there with my phone and thought I was filming her, and went mad.“She was shouting at her mum, who was nearby, to ‘get that f***ing phone off her’; she was shouting and swearing and saying she was going to run me down as she rode her horse at me.” Ridler was fined £250Credit:Caters News Agencycenter_img Mrs Williams, who is the district commissioner of Brocklesby Hunt Pony Club, described how Ridler had then pinned her against the arena’s side railing as she lifted her up by her hair.“I kept really calm but then she pushed me into the railing. I was squashed against it and I raised my arm to try and push the horse off me.“Next thing I know, I felt this incredible pain on my head and she clawed my head and picked me up. She then dragged me along the floor under the pony and I was trampled on.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Amy Ridler, from Solihull, West Midlands, pleaded guiltyCredit:Caters News Agency I kept really calm but then she pushed me into the railing. I was squashed against it and I raised my arm to try and push the horse off meJill Williamslast_img read more

ADT developments – Volvo Liebherr and Terex news

first_imgVolvo demonstrated a range of innovations in the articulated hauler sector at the recent Bauma exhibition in Munich. One of them was the Hauler Chassis program, which provides bodybuilders with a modular system that forms the basis for several other superstructure versions. This program “gives bodybuilders the appropriate support throughout the design and build phase,” says Nikolay Konovalov, the company’s global product marketing specialist for articulated haulers. It is not only Volvo that has made recent moves in the ADT market though – Liebherr and Terex have also launched new machines.Konovalov on the program: “Volvo has developed a dedicated webportal, where drawings, diagrams and technical instructions to perform suitable work on a hauler chassis can be found. There is also clarification about legal responsibilities, warranty conditions and the possibility to contact Volvo experts for additional help if needed, so that the complete vehicle can perform its task safely, efficiently and economically.”On Volvo’s outdoor area exhibit at Bauma, two medium platform haulers, the A25E and A30E were joined by one large platform machine, the A40E FS, featuring ATC – Automatic Traction Control. The Full Suspension (denoted by an ‘FS’ in the machine designation) provides good off-road performance, allowing a fully loaded hauler to travel at much higher speeds, appearing to float over rough ground without bouncing, significantly increasing operator comfort, which, in turn, increases overall productivity. When travelling empty, return trips are also substantially faster due to the smooth, stable ride even over rough conditions, further decreasing the overall working cycle time.The Volvo FS system features automatic levelling and stability control. The system constantly monitors the position of the axles, with the help of sensors, adapting the suspension to suit the changing conditions, absorbing rough spots and keeping the machine level while travelling, loading or dumping. Vibration levels are also considerably lower than in conventional machines, and by providing a smoother ride, operators experience less fatigue.Liebherr became the new entrant in the ADT market at Bauma. The 30 t capacity TA230 displayed is the first model in a range that will cover the 30 to 50 t categories. The next release will be a 40 t unit. For the TA230, transport width 3 m, Liebherr claims it has the largest dump body in its class at 19.2 m3.This 6 x 6 truck has three rigid axles, oil-cooled wet brakes, automatic transmission and a torque converter, with 270 kW of power from the engine. The top forward speed is 57 km/h, while in reverse an electronic limiter keeps the maximum speed to 16 km/h.The newly launched Terex TA300 and TA400 ADTs benefit from design-features that help increase productivity and enhance operator comfort, even in the toughest of working conditions. Both have oil-cooled, multiple-disc brakes on each axle, which provide extended brake component life, reduce service intervals and operating costs, and improve overall braking performance compared to traditional dry-disc brake systems that are standard on other trucks. Service brake life is further increased by the use of a Jacobs® compression-release engine brake for retardation. A hydraulic transmission retarder is available as an option.Terex says the TA300 (which replaces the TA30 model) is the only hauler in the 30-t market that comes with fully independent front suspension (IFS) as standard. The IFS system provides a smooth ride when travelling over severe terrain, which makes it easier to handle and helps increase productivity. In addition to achieving quicker haul cycles, shock loads and vibrations are also lessened – increasing component life and enhancing operator comfort to help reduce driver fatigue.Owners of the TA300 also benefit from the high power and torque (287 kW, 1,775 Nm). This performance, coupled with the 100% differential locking action, enables the TA300 to tackle the most challenging grades and extreme site conditions.The larger TA400 articulated truck (which replaces the TA40) boasts a payload capacity of 38 t and a heaped capacity of 23.3 m3. It has a maximum torque of 1,350 Nm at 2,100 rpm, and with six forward gears and one reverse in addition to a two-speed drop box, the TA400 can travel up to 60 km/h.George McNeil, Product Manager for Terex® articulated trucks, said “The TA300 is a force to be reckoned with in the 30-t articulated truck market as it’s the only truck that is fitted with independent front suspension as standard, has great fuel economy and the highest torque and power in its class. In both the TA300 and the TA400, everything has been carefully considered to enhance operator comfort and help increase owners’ productivity levels, from the new ergonomic cab to the oil-cooled disc brakes – it’s all designed with our customers’ needs in mind.”last_img read more