A TEENAGE boy’s cool head in a crisis saved his mother as she lay unconscious after a terrifying riding accident.
Fifteen-year-old James Tulloch-Knight, who is autistic, took charge when mum Tania Tulloch, was badly hurt while out riding in Ripon.
“I am very proud of the way he managed,” Tania said, “If I had been on my own I don’t know what would have happened.”
The pair, who live on Knaresborough Road, were riding along the side of a field when both their horses were spooked by pigeons and Tania, 51, fell off, breaking ribs and leaving her unconscious on the ground.
“We were coming to the end of the ride and only half a mile from home.
“It was a lovely day, the horses were behaving well and we were riding along the side of a field when the horses were spooked. That’s the last thing I remember.”
While NHS worker Tania lay unconscious James dismounted and let both horses graze while he went to his mum’s aid.
Minutes later she came round but the blow to her head had left her confused, disorientated and uncooperative.
“I kept telling James to go away and leave me alone,” Tania said, “and I am so impressed that he managed to handle the situation and got me on my feet.”
After helping Tania to her feet James led both horses and his mother the half mile back to their stables.
“I kept saying ‘James, I’ve no idea where I am’ and he kept telling me ‘Of course you know where you are, Mum’.”
Back at the yard James phoned his dad, Steve Knight, for help.
“James got a bit upset then. He couldn’t quite grasp why I was saying the same thing over and over again.”
Older brother Harry, 17, came home from a day out in Harrogate to be with James and their father took Tania to hospital.
After three hours under observation at Harrogate Hospital Tania returned home, but with a 45 minute gap in her memory had to ask James to fill in the blanks.
“Eventually my husband had to tell me stop because I’d asked 300 times already,” Tania said.
Now he has typed out his version of it all so his mum can see exactly what happened.
James goes to the Forest School special school in Knaresborough and head teacher Paul Hewitt said the staff and pupils are very proud of James’ heroism,
“James is known at school for being very organised so I think it played to his strengths really,” Tania added.
He has been riding for three years, Tania said, and finds working with his horse George very therapeutic.