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  • Darren's Progress

    I'm starting this thread to seperate Darren's progress from the myriad of topics being discussed on the Red Hill's thread.

    Please, DO NOT post on this thread unless it is specifically about Darren's well being.

    ADMIN: Please read your PM before you combine this with the Red Hills thread, thanks.

    From Today:

    March 16, 2008 - 2PM EDT

    As you know, Darren was injured in an unusual accident on March 15, 2008 at the Red Hills Horse Trials. He was negotiating the preliminary cross country course aboard seven year old Baron Verdi, whose recent performance at home and in competition had provided Darren with great confidence. A misstep led to a somersault of horse and rider.

    Darren remains in critical condition in an intensive care unit in Tallahassee. He sustained a severe head injury, and also contusions to both lungs with multiple rib fractures and a partially collapsed lung. Initial concerns about spinal injury were alleviated after extensive specialized testing. His pulmonary function is improving, but the major concern remains the head injury. His overall condition shows definite improvement, but he remains unconscious. His family and close friends are with Darren, and all remain optimistic he will continue a slow, but steady, recovery. Please keep Darren in your thoughts and prayers.

  • #2
    Thank you so much for posting this and separating it from the other threads, where it would have been lost.

    In Ocala we are all praying for Darren's speedy and complete recovery.

    And we wish his many worried students, owners, sponsors, and parents the best during this difficult time.
    Volunteer Coordinator, Equiventures, LLC
    and the Sunshine State, Little Everglades,
    & Live Oak Combined Driving Events


    • #3
      Thanks for posting the statement. I wish a complete and speedy recovery for Darren and as little anquish as possible for his family and friends.

      Darren rode Toadie for me one time and it was awesome. I can still watch the tape and learn from it.
      "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


      • #4
        Good news from the Red Hills Website:

        MARCH 16, 2008


        Tallahassee, Florida

        Red Hills Horse Trials has received encouraging news regarding Darren Chiacchia and his condition. Family and friends at the hospital report that Darren is still in critical condition in the Neuro Intensive care unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, but is now showing definite signs of improvement.

        The family appreciates everyone’s concern, thoughts and prayers. Further information will be released by Darren’s family on his website: www. Eventrider.com.

        Red Hills Horse Trials wishes Darren and his family well during this time.


        • #5
          Darren, I wish you all the best! You are in my family's thoughts and prayers. We hope you get well soon.
          Gilchrist said. "With Lost In The Fog, it's different. We want to take real good care of this horse. He's the only bullet in our holster."


          • #6
            Prayers and jingles. Could admin sticky this so we can keep up with progress?
            I\'m not crazy. I\'m just a little unwell.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Sobriska View Post
              Prayers and jingles. Could admin sticky this so we can keep up with progress?
              I agree! Prayers are with Darren and his family during this time!!!!
              **There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of humour and the other is patience**



              • #8
                Thank you for the update. This has been on my mind all weekend. He is is our prayers.
                Lori T
                www.facebook.com/LTEquine for product updates on the lines I rep


                • #9
                  We are thinking about Darren and his family and have him constantly in our thoughts and prayers and are praying for a full recovery. He is a class act, a kind person and a talented rider. He has contributed so much to the sport and has been an outstanding representative for the sport of eventing. He will stay in our prayers and thoughts.


                  • #10
                    I received an email from Tim Holekamp (Windfall's owner) who is at the hospital with Darren. He asked me to post:
                    "...that I am here with him and have been from the moment, that Darren is being properly cared for, that his family and friends are very much "on duty", that we do remain hopeful, but that his condition will remain critical for a while."

                    chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                    • #11
                      jingles from Harvard Mass............
                      he's a big horse with short legs...really!


                      • #12
                        I was part of the DMC team for a long time and I am still in shock over the events that transpired this weekend. I have spoken to a close friend who is with Darren. Although I am not at liberty to discuss details of Darren's condition, we are all optimistic. I will make sure that all of the wonderful messages here are passed along to Darren's family/close friends. When and if I receive any information that I may pass along, I will certainly do so. Darren's website should contain the most current public information. Please continue your thoughts, prayers, well wishes and jingles for Darren - they are much appreciated by all who love him.
                        Last edited by TXAuburnTiger; Mar. 16, 2008, 10:21 PM.


                        • #13
                          I thought I would share. I just heard from my dad, who lives in Tallahassee. He caught the news tonight and told me that they said that Darren has been upgraded from critical to serious. He said the news report said he was still unconscious, but improving.


                          • #14
                            Oh gosh, best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
                            I recognized with despair that I was about to be compelled to buy a horse ~
                            Edith Somerville and "Martin Ross"

                            "Momma" to Tiempo, Tucker and Puff, RIP my beautiful Norman 8/2012


                            • #15
                              I have a good feeling about Darren, and his fitness level will help him recover I am sure. That he quickly showed some improvement is GREAT news. Hopefully his brain just needs to rest awhile. My brother came out of a serious head injury none the worse for wear after being out for more than a week and not having any idea if he'd wake up or not.

                              still jingling...
                              "See I hope to IMPROVE humanity as a whole and yet feel lost on this forum."


                              • #16
                                Thanks for this thread-

                                Huge jingles to everyone on Team C!!!


                                • Original Poster

                                  Anyone have an address where we can send get well cards?


                                  • #18
                                    Jingles and prayers for Darren. And for his family, the knowledge that so many people they don't even know respect and care about Darren. Their loving support and presence are integral to his recovery.
                                    They don't call me frugal for nothing.
                                    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                                    • #19
                                      My thoughts and prayers are with Darren and his family. May his good progress continue. And my deepest condolences go to Jon and Missy.


                                      • #20
                                        Sending healing thoughts to Darren. Just looked at his bio and discovered we were born on the same day, September 18. We Virgos are tough! Get well soon!
                                        R.I.P. my sweet boy Tristan
                                        36 years old, but I was hoping you'd live forever