Get well soon Buck Davidson

I’d like to wish a big EN ‘get well soon’ to our good friend Buck Davidson, who fell off a horse and broke his collar bone this morning in Ocala, FL.  I spoke with Buck and he told me that the collar bone is completely shattered.  The horse reared up, hit Buck in the face with its head and Buck tumbled to the ground. 

Buck will have surgery this coming Monday in Nashville, Tennessee at Dr. Craig Farrell’s clinic.  Dr. Farrell serves the US Eventing Team’s riders, and does a great job of finding the balance between what injured riders need to do to heal and what they need to do to keep their season on track.  Dr. Farrell is out of town on vacation this week but Buck said he is well worth the wait.  I asked Buck how much time he would have to take off and he said “they say 6-8 weeks, but you know…

As I was speaking with Buck, his father Bruce was riding one of his horses and his girlfriend Andrea Leatherman was riding another.  Buck told me that between Bruce, Andrea, his team of students, and Sharon White (who is staying at Buck’s farm) he will have more than enough support to keep his horses going.  Buck mentioned that he is particularly frustrated because his horses have been going so well this year.  He said “Reggie has been coming back great from his [tie back] surgery, The Apprentice has been fantastic at the training sessions, and Libby [Absolute Liberty] is going great right now as well.”

Hopefully, Buck will have just enough time to get back in action before The Fork (Apr 5-8) and, knowing Buck, I don’t see this having a big impact on his Olympic pursuit.  Buck said that his collar bone hurts like heck right now, but Buck is one of the toughest eventers I know.  Whether it is getting trampled in a fall at Morven and riding the rest of his horses on one leg or finishing two minutes of the Pan American Games course with one stirrup, he never ceases to get the job done when he needs to.
Video from Morven last year from Buzzterbrown:

In an unrelated purely editorial comment, maybe the time off will give Buck the time to make a much overdue proposal to Andrea, that everyone in the eventing world is rooting for.  Go Buck.



  • Lyndsey says:

    Damn….she will be pissed now if he doesn’t propose! lol

  • Rosie says:

    It was a bad day for riders. I was whipping-in to my pack of hounds in TN, trotted through a strand of barbed wire that neither of us saw (my mare and I). She bolted, I bailed. She got mildly cut, nicked her eye and I broke some ribs. ;-(

    It’s not if we will get hurt, but when.

  • chrissy says:

    ouch, collar bones hurt!!! Feel better soon!!!

  • Vic says:

    I saw buck last march at poplar place bust out a front tooth and ride at least one more horse that day! I’m pretty sure he rode another advanced round with no front tooth!!

  • Kilo says:

    I did a compound fracture to my collar bone last summer while schooling xc. Flew home a day later and went into surgery the day after i flew home. Had a plate and screws put in and got back on a week and half later. It took a couple weeks before it felt stable but it wasn’t too bad. Just make sure he gets LOTS of good drugs and he will be alright! Well wishes buck! Ohhhh and I wouldn’t let too many have a sit on The Apprentice otherwise he may disappear!! Super horse!

  • Sue Church says:

    Oh ouch Buck. I am so sorry to hear this news. That sucks, Buddy! Hang in there and feel better soon. Sending healing vibes (I can do that, I live in California!) Take care. Love, Sue Church

  • Aaron's Mom says:

    Best wishes to Buck. Please don’t take the injury for granted. Given that it is shattered makes it much more complicated. I broke my collar bone 5 years ago and have had 5 surgeries since trying to put all the pieces back together. Still NQR. Take your time and don’t push it. You can actually break the plate (which is not good). Also, talk to your ortho about taking Forteo while you are healing. It helps speed the healing process and avoid non-union fractures (expensive, but worth it). Take care and take your time. Susan :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, way to put pressure on for an engagement proposal.

  • Sallie Ausley says:

    I am SO sorry, Buck! Take good care to rest and heal so that you can be back in the saddle soon. We will all be cheering for a speedy recovery!

  • Sallie Ausley says:

    I am SO sorry, Buck! Take good care to rest and heal so that you can be back in the saddle soon. We will all be cheering for a speedy recovery!

  • Joisey says:

    He’ll be back in the saddle in no time… like his grandmother, Mrs. Hannum, who said she broke her collarbone so many times it got “boring.”

  • Lois Britten says:

    Oh, Buck-Man…. so sorry !!! Glad you have the best doc… And thrilled about your new “rides”

    (Crazy Wolfie may have never left a show jump standing, but at least it was only me (who he trampled), and all your dad’s grooms that he beat up on!!)

    Hi to dear Bruce, Sr. Hate that I never see you anymore!

  • Anonymous says:

    Two words. Get better!!!

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