Debbie was riding in the open intermediate division with Meancholy Blues when the horse caught his legs at the weldon wall...and somersaulted over the jump, Debbie fell from the horse...but the horse did not land on her according to the photographs taken from Palmer Photographers. Medics were there within seconds, ambulance and doctors followed; the UK helicopter took her to the hospital. She was surrounded by people who cared about her and were praying for her. Melancholy Blues appeared to be uninjured and stayed close by.
I finally got through to the hospital and was told by the nurse in ICU that her condition was serious but stable.
Last edited by SR Rider; Sep. 3, 2006 at 09:34 AM.
Reason: additional info just found out
I was jump judging yesterday when the accident happened (I was farther along in the course, so fortunately did not witness it) and was afraid things weren't good, based on some things I heard on the radio. My thoughts are with her and her friends and family.
It was really, really hard for me to digest this news when a friend called this morning to tell me what happened. Debbie is an amazing rider (and instructor!), and I hate so much to hear that she has suffered such a serious injury. I'm sending my thoughts, prayers, and jingles to Lexington. Hang in there Debbie!!
If anyone hears of any way we can help, or any place to send cards, etc, please let us know. A bunch of us ride with her fairly regularly and want to support her any way we can through this.
Many of Debbie's oldest and dearest friends are on their way to Lexington to be with her as I write. She needs all of our prayers.
If you have never met Debbie, I want you to know she is the best of horsewomen, a generous and caring friend, and a wonderful instructor and coach. Years ago, I was helping her at an event where she was competing two horses. I took "Prove It" up to the show jumping to wait for her...she would compete him after finishing up with a greenie. We were standing in the shade and had been hanging out for a while when Prove It lifted his head, his eye on something in the distance. And from that long way off he saw it was Debbie coming for him, and he went to the end of his reins and nickered for her.
Please keep up the fight, we're with you all the way Deb.
OOf! It sounds as thogh the EM care was excellent, and timely! Please someone reassure her that her animals are ok and being acared for. though still unconscious she can hear, and, I imagine itwould be a comfort to her.