Top hunter rider Scott Stewart broke his clavicle on July 3 while showing in a pre-green hunter class at Horse Shows By The Bay I in Traverse City, Mich.
“The horse jumped into the line fine, and he just tripped, buckled and went to his knees, and rolled into the dirt on my left clavicle,” said Stewart, Flemington, N.J. “The footing was good; it was just a freak thing. The horse is fine.”
Stewart’s customer Becky Gochman drove him to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, where he underwent surgery.
“Luckily it’s one of the best surgeons in the country, and they operated on me within a few hours,” said the 12-time Devon (Pa.) leading hunter rider. “They put in a titanium rod, and he originally said I should be able to ride again within two weeks. It feels pretty good. It’s not that painful.”
Stewart, 50, asked other pros to help fill in while he’s recovering, including Amanda Derbyshire, who rode Gochman’s Fredrick to the regular conformation championship at Horse Shows By The Bay I. He plans to be back showing in time to compete at the USHJA International Pre-Green Incentive Championship, Aug. 12-14 in Lexington, Ky.