My daughter just came in and told me she saw on Facebook that the pleasure drive tomorrow has been relocated to starting at the showgrounds and ending at the show grounds. My guess is St. David's churchgrounds are too wet for the trailers.
<<Due to inclement conditions, management has decided to start the Pleasure Drive from the Dixon Oval at the Horse Show grounds. Class judging will commence at 11:30am in the Dixon Oval and the Final judging and awards will take place (as scheduled in the Dixon Oval) beginning at approximately 1:45pm.
Sunday Schooling Update: Hunter/Jumper schooling will end at 11:15 am in the Dixon Oval and 12 noon in the Gold Ring.>>
I heard something on the live feed, and know they unhitched the horses for one vehicle during the pleasure (?) section a few minutes ago, but the live feed didn't have the camera oriented at it so not sure what happened.
There definitely was but I'm still not sure what exactly happened. The announcer mentioned "vehicle damage" and that everyone was "more or less OK". It was a big yellow commercial vehicle & all we really saw was a pair of bays being led out.
ETA: I definitely heard hooves hitting wood at one point while everyone was gasping.
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I was at the Dixon Oval from about 12:15 on til the end of the judging of the Championship. I didn't see or hear anyone talking about an accident. Later, as I was shopping at the country fair I heard two different people talking about a single horse (didn't hear if two wheeled or four) that fell out on the drive. But couldn't hear any details. I'm curious too.
Hearsay but someone who was there said the Waller's yellow coach jack-knifed and the coach split apart. Humans and horses are okay. The person I talked to isn't horsey so she didn't have a good concept of what started the problem in the first place. I am assuming a horse got out of control while hitched!?
There were actually 3 driving mishaps this year... One on the pleasure marathon, being the worsts one, the horse took a misstep, woman fell out and landed on her head... she is in critical condition, fractured skull, and brain bleeds. She has had surgery and is in a medically induced coma, they let her come out of it to check response, and they are optimistic. Horse nad carriage are fine.
The Wallers coach did jack knife, Rigth leaders line got caught under the Left leader, and the whip was unable to get everything sorted out. The coach did not flip, always a good thing, horses remained calm, no one was hurt, coach needs repair.
And a single pony flipped, no one was hurt, and the carriage was fine.
Update this morning on her facebook page is that she is still in a coma and they are going to try remove the tube that drains fluid from the brain and the breathing tube to get her breathing on her own. Once they have her breathing on her own they will bring her out of the coma.
I really hope she recovers from this....very nice lady....and always has an exceptional presentation of her and her ponies/horses.
I don't know if she was wearing a helmet or not as I know she does show in the fancy hats. As do I...but things like this make me rethink wearing my hat ever again (my horse has been known to act stupid!).
**Tuesday AM - Cindy has taken the big step and is now in Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. This is just the beginning of a very long road but I feel very confident that it will end in a wonderful place and Cindy will be returned to us completely healed and ready to drive her horses once again. They have a very intense program for individuals that have suffered massive brain injuries so she will be very busy ever day in her rehabilitation. I am not allowed to visit until after 4:00 PM on a daily basis. Bryn Mawr is considered on of the very best rehab centers in the country and for that I am grateful. I will try to keep everyone posted as to her daily progress. THANK YOU all again for you continued support and prayers........Gene**
So glad to hear she's doing better. Really scary how one small bad moment can change a life so dramatically.