Former adult ammy wrote: ↑Mon May 01, 2023 4:37 pm
Incredibly tragic accident. Horse took a long spot and caught a toe on landing, flipping on top of the girl. Unfortunately there was pretty severe head trauma and they were not able to get her back.
The press release from USEF said the fall did not involve a jump. Was that incorrect information?
friend of mine was standing right there at the time. spoke with her today. horse tripped and went down and fell on her. there was no helicopter flying around that couldn’t land bc of weather, no long
spot or anything like that. she was killed very quickly. there was nothing the EMT or anyone else could do or might have done.
Smith1980 wrote: ↑Mon May 01, 2023 8:32 pm
I am so heartbroken for Hannah, her friends, and her family. I am disgusted by how fox lea handled it. Allowing the show to continue was so disrespectful. I won't be back.
The show was run under the USEF rules & regulations. IMO, management was not able to make that decision. As horrific as the accident was, the other exhibitors shouldn't have been denied the right to compete. In similar instances, other sports are not cancelled.
I am not diminishing the gravity of this accident and I extend sincere sympathies to the family, friends, and everyone on the showgrounds impacted by knowing this happened.
from what i understand fox lea handled it very well. i don’t think anyone who runs a horse show is ever prepared for something like that. it was quiet at the one ring and not many people knew what had happened. am sure that no one was trying to hide information i believe people were informed gradually and people started to scratch out of respect for the girl and her family. when emergency vehicles started arriving people of course wondered what had happened.
I’ve been very hesitant to post on this platform, but my heart has been so heavy since Sunday and I agree it should have been handled way better. I was there and can say it was Fox Leas decision to continue the show, not USEF. They only cancelled the jumper ring after nearly everyone scratched, and it was their choice to continue the hunters. A lot of people asked them to shut it down, and a lot of people, myself included, are really upset that it wasn’t. I saw a comment above saying that in other sports it would be handled the same, but in other sports it isn’t handled like this. The NFL cancelled the game when Demar Hamlin was INJURED. Who cares if other riders lost one day of showing? Someone lost their daughter. Someone lost their life. I understand that it was a crisis and they were just trying their best, but it felt really disrespectful. She was a kid. It should have been no question. There should be protocols in place when tragedy occurs. This is a dangerous sport and we need to handle things like this with more sensitivity and love towards those grieving.
@username55, Damar Hamlin actually had to be resuscitated on the field, in front of all the other players who watched him get CPR. The NFL said they were going to give the teams 5 minutes to recover, and then the game would continue. It was the teams that said they did not want to play. I know that there were people who scratched. But sometimes, in times of tragedy, it is best to come together. Perhaps if Fox Lea had canceled everyone would have left and people might have felt worse. Who knows? There's not really a right decision in that case I don't think.