An East Yorkshire woman had to learn how to eat with a knife and fork and brush her teeth following a horror horse fall.

Harriet Bethell, 35, had part of her skull removed and was put in a coma after falling off a horse and injuring her head in August 2019.

The horse trainer, who comes from the small hamlet of Arnold near Beverley, was put in an induced coma and treated in Hull Royal Infirmary for weeks following the incident.

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Harriet was then transferred to a specialist rehabilitation hospital in London.

Her accident sent shock waves through the horse racing community, as jockeys and fellow trainers rallied to support her.

Harriet completed a remarkable comeback from life-threatening injuries when she returned as a trainer at Wolverhampton on Monday, the Racing Post reports.

Her last runner was mile handicap winner Sumner Beach at Pontefract on August 7, 2019, although she was not on course that day because she was fighting for her life after her freak fall.

Her father William took over the licence at their yard near Hull while she recovered from the brain injury.

She had to relearn how to do tasks as simple as cleaning her teeth or using a knife and fork.

But months of physiotherapy and occupational therapy, as well as speech and language therapy, have paid off and she was back in charge as Steel Helmet ran in the opening 1m6f handicap with Josephine Gordon in the saddle.

The horse came in second place to cap off an incredible return for Harriet.

Before the race she told the Racing Post: "I'm looking forward to it. It's been a long road, although I was always confident this day would come.

"I'll be at Wolverhampton and it's going to be a bit different but it will be great to be back."

Steel Helmet, owned by her father, was among the outsiders for the 1m6f handicap but Bethell said: "I hope he will outrun his odds.

"He'll be much sharper for his last run at Newcastle. Josephine gets a great tune out of him and has won three times on him."

She was proved right with the second place finish.

Harriet already has one racecourse success to celebrate as she received the 'Magic Moment in Racing' prize at the Vertem Northern Racing Awards at Newcastle on Friday night.

She was given a standing ovation by the 300 guests as she made her way to the stage to be presented with the trophy, in recognition of her astonishing recovery.

She also embarked on a sponsored course walk at Pontefract last month, which has so far raised nearly £60,000 for the Injured Jockeys Fund.

She said: "It was great. There were lots of special video messages and that was really meaningful and supportive."

Harriet ,who rode successfully as an amateur, started training in 2016 and had sent out five winners from just 21 runners in the 2019 Flat season when her career was halted by the accident.

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