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"Willy Arts Severely Injured in Carriage Accident"

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  • #21
    DG Bar Ranch Facebook 2 hours ago

    Again we can not thank you all enough for the outpouring of prayer and love for Willy! We are so thankful to be a part of such a kind and generous horse community!
    Willy is making improvements and the Doctors are pleased with his progress. He is talking with us and can move his arms and legs. He is so tough, which we all knew, but it is very encouraging to see! I let him know that everyone was thinking of him and he said Thank you! We still do not have precise details on his injures but he is very stable.
    We are very thankful God is watching over him! Thank you again for your prayers and concerns!
    Last edited by Canterbury Court; Feb. 21, 2013, 03:24 PM.
    Cindy Bergmann
    Canterbury Court


    • #22
      Prayers for Willy. Good to hear he is recovering well.

      Majestic Gaits-Dutch Warmbloods,#1 USEF Dressage Sporthorse Breeder. #1 KWPN-NA Jumpers.Standing Navarone,Schroeder,Dante MG.VDL Frozen.


      • #23
        Jingles for Willy. What a bizarre accident, catching the shaft in a fence. Who would have thought?
        Tranquility Farm - Proud breeder of Born in the USA Sport Horses, and Cob-sized Warmbloods
        Now apparently completely invisible!


        • #24
          Originally posted by Canterbury Court View Post
          DG Bar Ranch Facebook 2 hours ago

          Again we can not thank you all enough for the outpouring of prayer and love for Willy! We are so thankful to be a part of such a kind and generous horse community!
          Willy is making improvements and the Doctors are pleased with his progress. He is talking with us and can move his arms and legs. He is so tough, which we all knew, but it is very encouraging to see! I let him know that everyone was thinking of him and he said Thank you! We still do not have precise details on his injures but he is very stable.
          We are very thankful God is watching over him! Thank you again for your prayers and concerns!
          That "is" good news! Fingers crossed it's all good and positive!
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          • #25
            Originally posted by Canterbury Court View Post
            Third hand update- accuracy is probably in the reasonably good range.
            Willy is doing well and expects to be back home in 3-5 days. Accident occured when the shaft of the carriage Willy was driving hooked on a fence post causing the carriage to stop abruptly and without warning. Willy was ejected forward causing his injuries. The horse was not injured and the groom did not have any significant injury.
            I will update if I hear anything more.
            Thanks for the info. I'm glad that it doesn't appear to be due to a spooking or out-of-control horse!
            Dedicated to breeding Friesian Sporthorses
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            • #26
              Sending Friday jingles for Willy.
              Mary Lou


              Member OMGiH I loff my mares clique


              • #27
                Article in today's Fresno Bee

                A Hanford man known worldwide as a breeder of championship dressage horses is recovering at a Fresno hospital from injuries suffered in a buggy accident.
                Willy Arts, 53, a trainer at D.G. Bar Ranch east of Hanford, sustained "multiple skull fractures as well as other broken bones," according to a post on the ranch's Facebook page.
                News of the accident swept through the dressage community, prompting an outpouring of comments to the Facebook page and hundreds of "likes."
                The accident happened about 9 a.m. Tuesday at a horse arena, the Kings County Fire Department said. Arts was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition Thursday, the hospital said.
                "He is talking with us and can move his arms and legs," a Facebook update posted Thursday morning said.

                Fresno Bee file - Willy Arts takes a Dutch Warmblood named Jasper on a light workout at D.G. Bar Ranch in this May 2001 photo.

                Ken Braddock, publisher of dressage-news.com, praised Arts as one of the best trainers of young dressage horses in the world. One of the horses he trained competed in the 2008 Dressage World Championships for Young Horses, Braddock said.
                Another Arts-bred horse competed in the 2004 Olympics, according to a 2007 article in The Chronicle of The Horse magazine.
                Dressage is a competitive equestrian sport in which riders guide horses through a series of gaits using signals from their hands, feet, legs, back and seat.
                A dressage competition can be compared to compulsory figure skating and gymnastics, and the horse should appear to perform the movements with no discernible prompting from the rider.
                Arts came to the United States from the Netherlands in 1984 after he was hired by dairy ranch owners Tony and Betty DeGroot to breed and raise horses. He made the D.G. Bar Ranch into "an institution in California dressage," The Chronicle of The Horse article states.
                Arts also brought with him Dutch Warmblood horses, which are prized in the world of dressage.
                "He was very influential in changing the Valley as far as the quality of horses for sale and the horses he imported for dressage and jumping," said Melissa Creswick of Clovis, a dressage competition judge who for three decades owned the Clovis Training Center.
                D.G. Bar Ranch was scheduled to host a Friesian Horse Association of North America stallion testing event today and Saturday, but that event was canceled, The Chronicle said on its website.
                The DeGroot family declined interview requests.
                Cindy Bergmann
                Canterbury Court