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  • Original Poster

    after the accident, while lying on the ground, the fence judges were assuring Debbie that her horse was okay and standing near her, the doctors were with her, her friends were nearby and god had her in his hands...everything was going to be okay....she is loved.

    I might add I was really impressed with the cool, calm, efficiency of the medical staff and the horse show officials...the first medic on the scene reached her in less than one minute, he was not far away in a "golf cart"...what better place to be in a horse accident -- if ever one has to be in one -- than at the Kentucky Horse Park, I cannot imagine.


    • #22
      sending all our positive thoughts to Debbie- she is a well thought of, wonderful horsewoman. Jingles to her- and I hope someone can update us with "real" information.
      The rumor mill is grinding...and that will not help. Its one of the great things abt the COTH- I had a friend call me who was at the show and ask what had happened as she knew I would know the truth (or close) because of the COTH BB'ers.
      Kudos to the HP for their well managed emergency program, and if anyone knows what anyone could do to help- please let us know.


      • #23
        Originally posted by 3dazey View Post
        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.
        Thanks for that lovely image, 3dazey! Adding to the jingles, here.



        • #24
          Jingles from Virginia. Definitely keep her in your prayers.
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          • #25
            I just got home from KY Classic. There was an announcement Saturday afternoon that Debbie had regained consciousness. On Sunday there was a notice posted by the scoreboards that said she had fractured vertibrae in her neck and was on a ventilator. Those are the only official reports I heard. I did also hear later on Sunday that she severed her spinal cord.

            I didn't see the fall, but was there shortly after because I was out walking my course. I did see the horse walking back to the barn and she looked okay. They were giving Debbie IV fluids right there by the ditch and wall and I was wondering why she wasn't in the ambulance yet and why there were KY Horse Park police cars parked in random places in the XC field. When I heard the helicopter minutes later, I figured it out.

            I don't know Debbie, but it sounds like she is a wonderful person. She is in my prayers.


            • #26
              {{{{Jingles}}}} for Debbie. :-( This is so terrible. I took several lessons w/ Debbie before she moved from TN to KY and she is a great person. It's just awful. It seems as if there is no chance of good news here if her spinal cord was severed. Hoping anyway . . . . Hang in there, Debbie.
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              • #27
                Not an eventer, but heard of this accident at my barn. Many, many prayers and jingles for Debbie.
                "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." ~ Jack Layton


                • #28
                  Does anyone have any official word??

                  on how she is doing?? I did not know her, but from all accounts she is a wonderful person. It is things like that , that make you realize how incredibly precious life is. We all need to make the most of each and every day. Still praying for her!


                  • #29
                    I saw the helicopter land at KY Classic while walking my course. She sounds like such a great person, trainer, and rider. Jingling like crazy and keeping her in my thoughts!


                    • #30
                      hoping for some good news on debbie

                      anyone have an update as of Monday afternoon?


                      • #31
                        For those who love Debbie:

                        She did suffer a severed spinal cord. Two rods were inserted into her spine to stabilize her neck during surgery yesterday morning. She is not able to breathe independently. Only time will tell, but as of today she is given a 15% chance of being able to do so in the future.

                        Again, only time will tell, but the paralysis appears permanent and complete.

                        Her friends and family are at her side as she becomes aware of what has happened.

                        Please keep her in your hearts and say a prayer.


                        • #32
                          Dammit. Dammit.

                          Thanks for the update. <:-(
                          Hoofmaiden Performance Barefoot


                          • #33
                            Oh no! I'm so sorry!!! That's heartbreaking!!!!
                            Jingling for Debbie and all her friends and family...


                            • #34
                              I can't even begin to say how sorry I am. My prayers are w/ her and her family.


                              • #35
                                How awful, and probably every rider's worst nightmare. Sincerely hoping for some better news down the line.
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                                • #36
                                  What an unfortunate accident for someone so well thought of in the horse community. I'll keep Debbie in my prayers, she was a true horsewoman in every sense of the word.


                                  • #37
                                    Also not really an eventer but try to follow the sport... I had no idea until today this had happened to Debby. SO sad to hear what happened to her...that last report just breaks my heart for her and her family! Sending MANY, MANY loving prayers, thoughts and jingles to her and her family!!

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                                    • #38
                                      Oh no, not another horrific accident. Im so sorry to hear about this tragedy. I had an almost identical thing happen to a friend of mine.

                                      There are some tough times ahead for Debbie, she will need all her friends and support.

                                      My best regards to all concerned.


                                      • #39
                                        Prayers and positive thoughts from FL


                                        • #40
                                          She and her family are in our prayers.
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