INTREPID trio Nathan Smith, Arron Almond and Emma Smith were hailed heroes this week after they helped a woman who had fallen from her horse.
Nathan, 12, of Royds Avenue, Accrington, was walking home with his friend, Arron, 13, after collecting his sister, Emma, seven, from Woodnook Primary School.
The trio saw a brightly coloured jacket in the distance and as they got closer they saw a young woman curled up on the floor in pain.
Quick-thinking Nathan said: "We saw something move and Arron and I went over. There was a women on the floor, obviously in pain.
"There was another woman with her and we offered to look after their two horses until the ambulance came. I think the women had broken ribs.
"We were all concerned and were pleased to help out. They said thank-you for helping with the horses."
An ambulance crew from Rossendale was called to the scene at 3.47pm and took the women suffering chest injuries to Burnley General Hospital.
Nathan's mother, Tracy, said: "I was expecting Nathan and Emma home from school and when they didn't arrive I jumped in the car and started going mad, driving round to try and find them."
Nathan attends The Hollins Technology College and lives with his mother and sister, father David and younger brother Elliott, 18 months.
Tracy added: "I am proud of the three of them. You can't teach children how to act in every situation but they did the right thing.''