By Ellen Rose Gill For Mailonline
Published: 18:28 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 18:28 BST, 3 May 2019
'I was in a coma for a week. I woke up and the first thing I wanted to do was get back on a horse.'
The stirring words of young British rider Laura Collett who has not only made a full recovery but aims to take the Badminton Horse Trials by storm this weekend and then grab a gold medal in Tokyo next year.
With the Olympics in Japan just over a year away, Team GB selectors are keeping a keen eye on emerging talent Collett.
British rider Laura Collett is looking to take the Badminton Horse Trials by storm
She's the European junior champion who's produced eye-catching performances riding Mr Bass. Still only 29, she recently broke into the world's top 15.
Collett told Sportsmail: 'Obviously at the forefront of everything is to get qualified for Tokyo, but I have learnt not to focus on something that is out of your control.'
Her recent form is all the more impressive after a horror fall in 2013. 'I was in a coma for a week,' she said after the accident at the Tweseldown Horse Trials in Hampshire. 'I woke up and the first thing I wanted to do was get back on a horse. A