On November 30th, rider Katie Jean of Vancouver Island suffered a horrific riding accident that left her a quadriplegic. Though she received immediate care at Victoria General Hospital and underwent 8-hour surgery at Vancouver General Hospital, the photographer and mother of two boys is faced with an extensive rehabilitation that may require her family to relocate to Vancouver.
Katie’s GoFundMe campaign says, “Katie has already proven to be a hero to so many. Her strength, spirit and determination are inspirational. This page will share with you her journey as she develops this new chapter in her life.
“We would like to kindly ask that you show your support but taking the time to donate. Whether it be financially, emotionally or spiritually. Katie has asked that anyone who is willing to share in this journey to please feel free to message this page and pass on some inspiration.”
EN extends its warmest wishes to Katie and her family, and we encourage our readers to take the time to message, donate, and share Katie’s GoFundMe campaign.
Events Opening Today: Poplar Place Farm February H.T. (GA, A-3), Galway Downs Winter H.T. (CA, A-6)
News and Notes:
Congratulations to Allison Thomas, who is the lucky winner of a Gift Box from Cavalor! Many thanks to all who participated in our 12 Days of Christmas giveaways! Allison, please email [email protected] to claim your prize. [12 Days of Christmas: Cavalor]
We’re loving your entries for our “Wrap Your Horse’s Legs” contest from Hamilton BioVet so much that we’re extending the entry deadline! If you’ve been procrastinating on find a new, creative way to torture wrap your horse’s legs, then you’ll want to enter this contest for your chance at a Stayons prize pack! Entries will be due on Thursday, December 18 at 5 p.m. EST. Click the link for more details! [Wrap Your Horse’s Legs to Win!]
Jane Rodd embarks on a new career: Please join EN as we congratulate Jane Rodd (former Executive Director of the Green Mountain Horse Association) on her new business, 5P Horsemanship. Jane combines her philosophy of “5 Ps” (Psychology, Physiology, Patience, and Perseverance … with Pleasure) to help students and their horses achieve success in riding, training, and showing. [Press Release for Jane Rodd]
History of horse domestication uncovered: Scientists from the University of Copenhagen have sequenced the genome of a horse fossil that is 700,000 years old, making it the oldest genome to have been decoded so far. This allows researchers to compare the genomes of domesticated horses to the last surviving wild horse species, the Przewalski’s horse, as well as to uncover some of the genes that affect the behaviors and fear responses of domestic animals. [Science Daily]
Speaking of ancient horse remains… Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of what is thought to be one of the most successful racehorses and Thoroughbred sires of the 1800s, Doctor Syntax. The skeleton was excavated at the site of King Charles II’s royal stables in Newmarket, Suffolk, giving evidence that the remains could belong to Doctor Syntax or a royal racehorse. [Telegraph]
Get to know the big racehorse names for 2015: From Zenyatta’s colt Cozmic One to powerhouse Honor Code, ESPN offers insight on the top 5 racehorses to watch in next year’s season. [ESPN]