Eventer Kelli Temple was injured while schooling a young horse cross-country three weeks ago in Aiken, S.C.
Temple incurred multiple fractures to her left hip when she fell off and hit the jump. “I didn’t have to have surgery, thankfully. It was a stable fracture,” she said. “It’s basically like if you broke your ribs. It hurts a lot, and you’re supposed to stay stable, but there really isn’t anything they can do about it. It just takes time.”
Temple enlisted the help of other eventers in the area to compete her horses while she’s been laid up. Boyd Martin, Mara DePuy, Jennie Brannigan and Phillip Dutton have all competed her young horses over the past two weekends.
While her doctors initially thought it would be a couple of months before she could ride, Temple has started riding again and plans to try competing at the Full Gallop Farm Horse Trials (S.C.), March 9-10, despite some lingering pain. “It’s sore, but I have to say, the hardest thing is walking. I really feel pretty good when I’m on the horse,” she said.