Fundraising concert for injured Cork horseman

A huge fundraising concert is being planned to help a skilled horseman recover from a devastating spinal injury.

Fundraising concert for injured Cork horseman

Father of four Alex Ott, 38, who runs Goosebury Hill Horses in Meelin in north Cork, was exercising a horse near his home in Newmarket last November when he was thrown from the animal.

He fractured his C5 vertebrae and was airlifted to Cork University Hospital, where he has completed the first phase of his treatment.

The serious injury can lead to paralysis but doctors have yet to assess the full extent of Mr Ott’s injuries. He has now been transferred to the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dublin for rehab.

The road to recovery will be long and costly, so The Alex Ott Appeal has been established to help the family.

Mr Ott and his devoted partner, Janet Burke, who runs Valley View Equestrian Centre, have four children, Zara, Andy, Luke, and Ella, who range in ages from 12 to five.

Mr Ott is known throughout the equestrian world as a skilled and passionate horseman and a respected breeder. A regular at hunts and fun rides, he trained his first point-to-point winner last year.

Appeal fund committee member Elizabeth Ahern said the outpouring of support for their fundraising initiatives in recent months has been incredible.

“But this concert is the big one. Alex is an incredibly strong and determined man and we know he will give rehab 110%,” said Ms Ahern.

The Rock for Ott concert will be headlined by renowned squeeze box player Liam O’Connor, with further guest artists due to be announced in the coming weeks. GAA commentating legend Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh will be MC on the night.

Tickets for the concert, which takes place at 8pm on Wednesday, April 8, are €30 and can be bought online through the Alex Ott link at www.flexachem.com and at outlets across north Cork.

More details are available on the Rock for Ott Facebook page. Donations can be made through the Alex Ott appeal link on mycharity.ie, or at Bank of Ireland in Mallow, sort code 90-28-80; account number 86578216; IBAN number IE 18 BOFI 9028 8086 5782 16; BIC number BOFIIE2D.

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