4.20.2009

Photographer denies Madonna's claim that he played a role in Madge's fall from horse in Hamptons

Madonna appeared physically unhurt Sunday, but her weekend horseback tumble in the Hamptons left her ego bruised.

"Are you the guys that spooked my horse?" the Material Mom asked as she was approached on the beach, where she relaxed in a bizarre ensemble that included a quilted, black Chanel jacket, baggy turquoise sweatpants and a fedora.

Assured that she was not looking at the paparazzi who may have startled her horse at celeb shutterbugSteven Klein's farm, Madonna politely posed for pictures outside the Atlantic Double Dunes beach inAmagansett.

The 50-year-old pop star was asked how she was doing after a night recuperating at pal Gwyneth Paltrow's estate.

"Better," she replied.

Madonna's camp claims her prior encounter with a photographer didn't go quite so nicely.

Spokeswoman Liz Rosenbergclaimed her superstar client was thrown when a photog jumped out of a patch of bushes and startled her horse, sending her flying.

But freelance photographer Thomas Hinton claims he played no role in Madonna's mishap - a position supported by the Southampton Village Police Department.

Hinton told The News he shot some frames of Madonna riding her horse about 3:50 p.m. Saturday, but took off soon after because he didn't have a good vantage point.

Hinton returned more than 40 minutes later when he got tipped off that Madonna had had an accident, he says.

"I arrived more than 10 minutes after she fell, and I was shooting from the street," Hinton said. "I don't know what [Rosenberg] is talking about."

Madonna, who was born in Bay City,Mich., and once worked at a Dunkin' Donuts, has taken pains to reinvent herself as a high-class jodhpur-wearing British countrywoman.

After buying Ashcombe, a 1,200-acre estate in Wiltshire, she had an indoor riding arena built there.

Following a rib-cracking fall in 2005, she got back in the saddle and stepped up her lessons.

Friends say ex-husband Guy Ritchie's lack of support after that accident was one of the many issues responsible for their eventual split.

Madonna's recent decision to relocate to New York hasn't dampened her enthusiasm for becoming an accomplished equestrian.

Last month, she entered a horse competition in Florida under a pseudonym, according to sources. Some suspect she may be reluctant to admit she again lost control of the reins, preferring to blame the paparazzi.

Madonna's spill was the talk yesterday of the Hamptons, the glitzy summer playground of the rich and famous.

Not all of its celebrity inhabitants had gotten the news.

Singer Billy Joel, who has had well-chronicled problems with car accidents, said four-legged modes of transport are even riskier.

"Madonna fell off a horse?" said a shocked Joel inside his Sag Harbor garage. "She should stay off of those horses. This isn't the Wild West."


source: NYDaily News

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