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Dayton OH local barn owner/eventer severely injured in fall

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  • Dayton OH local barn owner/eventer severely injured in fall

    Cross-posting this from Off Course.......

    Kristen Distl, the owner of Cedar Springs Farm in Cedarville, OH suffered a severe spinal injury as the result of a fall during a jumping school this past Saturday December 8th.

    She is recovering from surgery to stabilize her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital.

    I am sure she and her family are going to need as much support as the Dayton equine community can muster in every way you can imagine.

    Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
    Last edited by caballero; Dec. 12, 2012, 10:13 AM. Reason: added name

  • #2
    erm, name?


    • #3
      Ugh, Poor Kristen. Do you know what happened? Do we have an address for cards? I'm a little too far to offer much on-site help, unfortunately.


      • #4
        So sorry to hear.

        I don't know her but will be sending jingles for a full and speedy recovery.
        Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

        The Grove at Five Points


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by LAZ View Post
          Ugh, Poor Kristen. Do you know what happened? Do we have an address for cards? I'm a little too far to offer much on-site help, unfortunately.
          Her horse either stumbled or slid on landing after last fence in a grid and went down on his knees, she went over the front of him and hit hard. It all happened so very quickly.......

          This from the hospital's FAQs on flowers and mail should help http://www.miamivalleyhospital.org/m...=10878#sending


          • #6
            Jingles coming from Eastern Ohio!


            • #7
              Jingles from a native Ohioan - hope she makes a full and speedy recovery!
              Rachel Kosmal McCart
              Equine Legal Solutions, Inc.


              • #8
                Any updates? There is a facebook page for the farm but nothing recent on it.
                \"Non-violence never solved anything.\" C. Montgomery Burns


                • Original Poster

                  I saw her on Tuesday. There has been some improvement in her condition, some feeling has returned to the upper extremities.

                  We all remain hopeful of a full recovery.


                  • #10
                    That's great news. I don't know her but have been thinking about her since you posted about the accident.
                    \"Non-violence never solved anything.\" C. Montgomery Burns


                    • #11
                      I've been thinking of her, too. Please tell her Lee Ann Zobbe sends her best wishes.


                      • Original Poster

                        Will do. I'll try to stop by again during Christmas break.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by caballero View Post
                          Will do. I'll try to stop by again during Christmas break.
                          Any update on how Kristen is doing? I walked her through Thistledown when she purchased Bacon and Rice & Warrior. Was she injured schooling one of them?

                          CANTER Ohio


                          • #14
                            Best wishes, jingles and prayers for Kristen. I know how important all of that and the support of friends and family are after having a bad fall involving a spinal injury.


                            • Original Poster

                              She's moved to rehab. From what I know some feeling and movement has returned to her upper limbs. Still has some respiratory difficulties.

                              She was riding her main horse, Dutch.


                              • #16
                                Please keep us updated as you are able to. If you speak to her, let her know that I (Claire) am thinking about her.


                                • #17
                                  I don't know Kristen but my farrier is friends with her and her husband. He told me yesterday that she is still on a ventilator and that they were going to start trying to rehab her to breath on her own. Apparently the day that it happened she had been sick and was not at her best. A lesson to all of us to pay attention to our own health and strength before riding, just as we would for our horses.

                                  Even though I have never met her I think of her daily and send prayers for a recovery that will allow her to have a good quality of life and for her family to find the strength to get through this very difficult time together.
                                  Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN


                                  • #18
                                    O Gosh-best wishes to Kristin and her people. It can all go so wrong so fast, just doing what we love best.
                                    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Update, Kristen is still fighting to get completely off the ventilator but making progress. She is also slowly regaining the use of her hands.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Kristen has been moved to the Shepherd Center Hospital in Atlanta. This this is one of the very best rehabilitation hospitals for brain and spinal injuries.

                                        You can e-mail her at this link: http://www.shepherd.org/about/how-to-reach-a-patient