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Jan Byyny and Rebecca Howard- Falls at Pine Top

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  • Jan Byyny and Rebecca Howard- Falls at Pine Top

    Anyone have word on how they're doing? I know they both had pretty bad falls yesterday on XC... Hoping for the best, as they both have some REALLY nice upper level goals this spring!

  • #2
    I heard Rebecca broke her collar bone, some ribs, and punctures her lung. I think she is doing alright though. Whats the word on Jan? Anyone know anything?


    • #3
      Ouch! I hope they both heal quickly. R's accident sounds exactly like mine (fell off, landed on point of shoulder, same injuries), and it was a b***h.
      You have to have experiences to gain experience.

      1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


      • #4
        Oh, dear!!! Get well soon wishes to Rebecca, since she's due to come back up here to teach one of our clinics.


        • #5
          from eventing nation

          From Sinead Halpin's blog:

          "Yesterday at 4:15 Rebecca endured what most event riders fear most, a rotational fall. The fence was a nasty upright at the end of the course. The fence was set at a funny angle and blended into the surrounding boards. Rocky is a horse that Rebecca was 3 on at the Fairhill CCI** in the fall so is quite experienced. Rocky didnt see the jump until it was too late.

          Rebecca suffered multiple broken ribs,both clavicles are fractured in several places and she has a mild punctured lung. We airlifted her from McDuffy Hospital in Thomson to Charlotte,NC. She is currently in ICU but will hopefully be moved soon.

          She is classic Rebec and worrying about students,horses and upset about worring people! As usual she is putting on a strong face and cracking jokes but this will be a long painful recovery. My mom and Jim are with her in Charlotte and her mother Mary is on a plane now and will be here tonight. Rocky got up quickly and has not a scratch on him..." Read more

          I haven't heard anything definitive on Jan Byyny, but the vague reports/rumors suggest that she was unconscious for some short time after her fall and the head trauma might be more of a concern than the broken wrist/ribs.

          As mentioned in our Pine Top report, both Jan and Rebecca received the best possible medical care from the first moments of their falls, and all of Eventing Nation wishes them a speedy recovery. Please keep Jan and Rebecca in your prayers and send your well-wishes to Jan's FB and Rebecca's FB.


          • #6
            ouch. Both clavicles? I only broke one (along with 5 ribs). It hurt to breathe, so much that I would occasionally choose to take a rest from breathing for 10 or 15 seconds, and set off the breathing monitor in the ICU. Eventually the nurses showed us how to reset it.

            Ouch ouch ouch! I'm sure Rebecca is one tough lady, though.
            You have to have experiences to gain experience.

            1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


            • #7
              What a terrible fall for such nice riders. Just out of curiosity, was Rebecca or Jan wearing the Point Two air vest? Would she have had such bad injuries if she had been wearing it or the Woof EXO? A nasty fall can happen at any level, and I need a new vest, so I'm trying to decide what direction to take. Hope both riders get better soon!


              • #8
                Sounds like an idea for another study....

                Rider falls, their injuries, type of fall, and which vest they were wearing (and what level of the standard that vest was marked to meet)!

                Besides the above. I wish Jan and Rebecca the best for recovery! I know from exp. those injuries are not fun in any way and very painful. Hang in there ladies, you are both tough


                • #9
                  Jan's injury was a head injury (according to some students of hers) so the vest does not really come into play.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 2horseowner View Post
                    A nasty fall can happen at any level, and I need a new vest, so I'm trying to decide what direction to take.
                    Be aware that the air jacket is to be worn over a conventional vest. That's what the rules require in the UK but I'm not sure how the US is handling this.

                    The manufacturer's website says:
                    The Point Two air jackets are currently not BETA approved. They have been designed as a top up protection system to wear along side a BETA or European standard approved body protector.
                    So if you need a new vest and want to rock the air jacket, you are looking at purchasing two new body protectors.

                    You might want to ask the manufacturer about testing and other metrics. There's nothing on their website. You might also want to take a look at this thread from the Horse & Hound forum before buying 'safety' products from this company.


                    • #11
                      Thanks JER for the interesting thread post from the UK. There will always be pros and cons w/ any of the body protectors. I wish I could make up my mind. Buying the P2 and body protector seems $$$$. I'll keep on researching.


                      • #12
                        Wishing a quick recovery to all injured riders.

                        Interested in if anyone looked at this air vest:



                        • #13
                          Jan and Rebecca-- there are people out here who are thinking about you a lot and sending many, many healing thoughts.
                          Taco Blog
                          *T3DE 2010 Pact*


                          • #14
                            Oh my. I just read the afternoon post from Eventing Nation and I am so concerned for Jan! Sending jingles for a speedy recovery! So scary!

                            If anyone has any news please share.
                            "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant


                            • #15
                              Many healing thoughts to you both, Jan & Rebecca. I agree with VicariousRider- very scary indeed. Hang in there Jan!!


                              • #16
                                Hey, juststartingout - would you really buy an airbag vest from a company which illustrated it's wonderful attributes with a video of a cowboy without a safety helmet?
                                I mean....derrrrrr......!!!!?????


                                • #17
                                  Thoughts and prayers for Rebecca and Jan from North Carolina
                                  Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

                                  The Grove at Five Points


                                  • #18
                                    Email link to Jan at MCG Hospital


                                    Jan Byyny
                                    Room Number: 3423
                                    Had enough hopey-changey yet?


                                    • #19
                                      jingles from NY for the Jan and Rebecca!!


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by gooddirt View Post
                                        Thanks, Glenn - as always, you come through in the best ways.
                                        ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan