It is with great sadness that I report that we have lost another member of the eventing community this weekend. USEF Team Doctor Dr. Craig Ferrell passed away this morning from neck and spine injuries sustained on May 23rd when he fell while playing polo near his home in Franklin, Tennessee. Dr. Ferrell was an integral part of the USEF Team and the eventing community. He was the first place US eventers turned for help in managing their own injuries and he helped countless riders get back to doing what they loved as quickly and safely as possible. The eventing community owes Dr. Ferrell a debt of gratitude for his service over the years and he will be sorely missed.
A statement from Dr. Ferrell’s family captures his spirit:
“Doctor Craig Ferrell passed away at 9:15 this morning. Beloved husband, father and brother, cherished friend, honored colleague and mentor, caring humanitarian. The only thing we have of real value in this world is our time, and Craig spent each of his days like gold coins – loving his family and friends, using his considerable and varied talents to the fullest, continuing to learn and seek new experiences, and giving of himself to those around him with insight and compassion.
Craig is at rest now, but the wound left by his passing will not close easily or soon for so many of us who continue life’s journey without him. We all have as a keepsake the gold coins that Craig gave us – his time, his skill, his intellect, his humor, his friendship, his love. Keep them close to your heart.
May the Peace of the Lord be with us all, and may we cherish each other as we celebrate Craig’s life.” [via Riders4Helmets]
A USEF release explains the following details:
“Visitation is planned from 4 PM to 8 PM on Wednesday, May 30th at the Harlin Student Center on the campus of Battle Ground Academy, 336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin.
The funeral is planned for 2 PM. Thursday, May 31st at the Catherdral of the Incarnation, 2015 West End Avenue, Nashville.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Brightstone, 140 Southeast Pkwy Ct., Franklin, TN 37205“
Eventing Nation’s thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Ferrell’s family. Go Dr. Ferrell.