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  • Who Fell at City League?

    I saw the fall on the live feed but don't know who the rider is? The rider is being put on stretcher now... prayers and hugs to the rider... anyone know who it is?
    Platinum Equestrian - Florida, USA
  • Original Poster

    Rider is Debi Conner... announcer just said it as she was taken away by ambulance. Jingling from Tampa for Debi!
    Platinum Equestrian - Florida, USA


    • #3
      Which team is Debi with? Any updates?
      "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."


      • Original Poster

        I want to say she's on the Ocala Crusaders team... but don't hold me to that. They said last night when the ambulance left her injuries were not life threatening or career ending, which was great to hear.

        The announcer also said her mare was injured and was shockey. She was taken by trailer to the vet for her injuries, which were also not thought to be career ending.

        If anyone else has more recent updates on Debi or her mare, please post. Keeping them both in my prayers.
        Platinum Equestrian - Florida, USA


        • #5
          Originally posted by alteringwego View Post
          Which team is Debi with? Any updates?

          Ocala ??
          Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
          I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.


          • #6
            I spoke to Debi's sister this morning. She is in stable but serious condition and has already had several surgeries in the past 12 hours. She is conscious, speaking, and in full control although with a lot of very serious injuries. Please many many jingles for Debi. She is an incredible rider and person who already has overcome enormous injury in her past. I personally owe her so much for finding me amazing horses, and her incredible input and patient advice.

            It's a reminder that this sport is ALWAYS dangerous. No matter how great a person rides, or how amazing a horse jumps (and Debi and Hiberia qualify on both accounts) - bad accidents can happen and without warning or explaination.

            Our family will be praying for Debi and Hiberia ......and many jingles to her family...


            • #7
              Jingles to both of them!
              "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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              • #8
                Jingles from California.

                Does anyone know what happened?


                • #9
                  Jingles from Washington DC... What was the cause of the fall?
                  Different flavors of crazy, but totally NUTS. You know its true. - GreyHunterHorse



                  • #10
                    Left long to an oxer and crashed. I saw it on the live feed and spoke with a friend that was there in person. The mare rolled right over on top of Debi. It was horrifying.

                    1) Does anyone know how the mare is doing? I saw her loaded onto the trailer but that is the last I heard.

                    2) I assume one of the plain-clothed people surrounding Debi while she lay in the arena was a medic, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know why it took so long to get her on a back board? It seemed like she was laying there for a LONG time.
                    In loving memory of my precious Gwendolyn; you will always be with me, in my heart. I love you.


                    • #11
                      I was at the show, saw the fall, and would like updates on the condition of mare and of Debi.

                      It was tragic, really. There was no ambulance on the grounds. 911 was called to summon emergency personnel. Her fiance was beside himself, yelling repeatedly for the ambulance. It took well over 15 minutes to get medical personnel in the ring.

                      During the fall, the mare fell and collapsed left, Debi fell to the right and was immediately out cold. She never moved. The mare rolled to her back, not over on her, then, and from my view, while regaining her feet stood on Debi. She didn't roll over on her, but rather, walked across her. You could see the mare put her front feet on Debi's back. The mare was three-legged lame, immediately, and was tranquilized and bandaged from fetlock to elbow prior to being loaded.

                      My friend, a nurse, was ringside and tried to help Debi. There were two other nurses from the spectators there as well. Horrible that she had to wait for treatment. It could have been *very* bad should her injuries been life-threatening.

                      My kids were along, and we've all been praying for her and the mare. I'm assuming the mare's at SurgiCare in Brandon. They're quite good. I'd trust Dr. Kuebelbeck completely.

                      Please...those who know her directly...let her know that there are many of us thinking of her, praying for her, and who would very much like to know how she fares.


                      • #12
                        arent shows required to have an ambulance on site??

                        wow i can't believe there wasnt one. this could have been A LOT worse than it already is.

                        my prayers to rider and horse

                        Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3


                        • #13
                          JINGLES TO BOTH THE RIDER AND THE HORSE!!!!!
                          Author of COTH article "The Other Side of Aaron Vale"


                          • #14
                            Any news on the horse?


                            • #15
                              City League is not USEF rated
                              "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


                              • #16
                                Jingling from Virginia. I have known Debi for years and this is such a sad situation. Please keep us posted. BOTH HORSE & RIDER.....
                                "YOU create your own stage. The audience is waiting."


                                • Original Poster

                                  Originally posted by mroades View Post
                                  City League is not USEF rated
                                  No, but I believe it was piggy backing off CFHJA, which is USEF rated. So why you wouldn't keep an ambulance around when you know you're having a grand prix that night, I'm not sure.


                                  ... and I think 15 minutes is generous in regard to how long it took to get her an ambulance. It was unbelieveable watching her family and friends try to help her, but they just had to sit by her side and wait. It had to be pure agony.

                                  Hopefully Claire will have another update for us soon.

                                  Praying for Debi and her mare.
                                  Platinum Equestrian - Florida, USA


                                  • #18
                                    very tragic and jingles to Debi, her friends, and family.
                                    "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."


                                    • #19
                                      Yes rated, yes EMT but an EMT is not an ambulance...Hope everyone is OK.....always sad to hear of these accidents, but for the grace of God go any of us who swing a leg over a horse.....
                                      The thing about smart people, is they look like crazy people, to dumb people.


                                      • #20
                                        anyone have any updates today on horse or debi?