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Thoughts and prayers for Ralph Hill

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  • Thoughts and prayers for Ralph Hill

    I'm reposting this with Ralph Hill in the title in case anyone has heard about his accident and is trying to find information.
    This was my post under the "Poplar Place" thread
    My daughter and I jump judged all day up at Poplar and we just got in.
    The course was held for an hour when Ralph came off at a "corner" fence back in the back. We had radios and when they called for the starter not to start anyone else and then called for "the screens" to be put up, we really feared the worst. Then we caught a transmission that the medics were trying to establish a stable heart rhythm. They held the course up for an hour until they medevac helicopter came in an airlifted him out.
    Roger Haller came around shortly after and spoke with each jump judge to let them know what was known at that point, that he had a very bad compound fracture of the femur ( not an easy bone to break) and was not responsive when they got to him but that his horse had NOT fallen on him. Later, at the competitors party, an announcement was made that he was in surgery but out of danger.
    Many of the "big guys" had falls today, Buck Davidson came off at a water jump ( don't remember the horse but not Private Treaty), Karen O'Connor came off when her horse, "Hugh Knows" got stuck on a jump ( not sure what happened there) and Bruce Davidson, Sr had a very spectacular and so very scary fall at our jump, the Nutrena Livery. His horse, "In the Beat" stopped and launched and chested a vertical and flipped. He came off & hit the ground while she was still in the air flipping over and coming down and she hit right beside him, within a foot. I saw him hit the ground and her in the air over him and my heart stopped. She got up and was just shaking, he got up, I asked him if he was ok and held the horse and he got back on and retired this horse but rode about 3 more.
    It was a very sobering day, in my mind. There were many more falls and near misses, quite a few calls for vets, at least one horse that required stitching after a fall, etc.
    I'd love to hear an update on Ralph Hill but the last we were told was that he had a very bad injury but not life threatening, thank goodness...

  • #2
    Sounds like a horrible day.
    I hope Ralph's recovery goes smoothly. That is a very serious injury.
    I'm glad to hear that he apparently is doing as well as can be expected.
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    • Original Poster

      The horse he was riding was "Reprint", a grey and it was the Advanced Division. If I'm remembering correctly ( there were many falls today and horses who stayed, ran off, were injured, etc)his horse may have ended up running back to the barn, starting area, somewhere up front. I don't believe the horse was injured.


      • #4
        Thanks so much for posting this--we got a call from a friend who was at the event about this, but it was terrifyingly short on details. We've been holding our breath all day. Going to call hubby right now and tell him, he's known Ralph a LONG time.

        Funny aside--the first hing he said when we got the call was--"Check the BB and see what they know!"
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        • #5
          thoughts and prayers for Ralph.

          He has that great "can do" attitude, and inspires that same spirit in his students. Glad all the other horses and riders are okay.


          • #6
            So now I hear he was not responsive because he had choked on his chewing gum. He was probably singing and chewing gum when it happened. New rule. no chewing gum while jumping. singing is opitional.

            sure hope he is okay. there is only one Ralph Hill. Hang in there Ralph !!!


            • Original Poster

              I heard about the chewing gum, too, but it was secondhand so I didn't know if I should repeat it. The other information was firsthand but it would make sense that he could be unresponsive due to "sucking down" a wad of chewing gum when he hit..! Maybe someone else can confirm that first hand but it would make sense. I'm just glad that he's out of danger. That must have been some horrific force to fracture the femur, he must've hit the fence or the ground at very high speed.


              • #8
                Ralph, we're thinking about you. We love ya man and know you'll pull through!
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                • #9
                  Is Ralph Hill the one who sings his way around course?

                  ***JINGLES*** from Texas for a speedy recovery.


                  • #10
                    yes, jilltx, ralph is.
                    as austin said there is only one ralph hill.
                    all the best, ralph!!


                    • #11
                      Jingling hard here for Ralph. I look forward to his clinic every summer as he's just such a positive and upbeat person to be around. I hope his recovery is a smooth one.
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                      • #12
                        Hurry and get well, Ralph! My friend's daughter rides with him and they are at Poplar..we are playing telephone tag so I haven't heard what she has to say. So sorry to hear about so many falls. I heard that he was missing his first Rolex in something like 28 years...Billy had a bad reaction to a spider bite. Guess they can recuperate together!
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                        • #13
                          Jingles for Ralph. I hope surgery goes well.

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                          • #14
                            {{{{{Jingles}}}}} from California!! Speedy recovery for ALL!! Wow, what a day...

                            Aca-Believe it!!


                            • #15
                              Best wishes to Ralph for a speedy and complete recovery!!


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by jilltx View Post
                                Is Ralph Hill the one who sings his way around course?

                                Yes he is, every horse and every course!

                                This is just tragic news! Ralph is one of the best horseman of all times, not to mention a fabulous teacher.

                                Please keep us posted as you hear how he is doing.


                                • #17
                                  Thinking of you Ralph and praying for your quick recovery.

                                  Ralph is the best. His horses are everything to him.


                                  • #18
                                    Does anyone know what hospital he is at?


                                    • Original Poster

                                      They did not tell us that. We do have the Hughston Orthopaedic Sports Hospital in Columbus, GA which is about 20 minutes by car from Poplar Place and much closer than Atlanta. They have sports injuries come in from all across the country as they specialize in sports related orthopaedic injuries. That would be a first guess but if not there, then second guess would be the Atlanta area since they were going by helicopter.
                                      If I hear anything else, I will pass it on and if anyone else hears, please let us know.


                                      • #20
                                        I do not have firsthand details, but I have good second hand details, and I do know that earlier this evening he was going into surgery and that the injuries were serious, but not life threatening.

                                        Please continue good thoughts and jingles for Ralph -- we need him safe and sound and back singing!

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