On the Mend

It has been quite a summer for several notable members of our dressage community as they face various stages in recovery for illness and accidents. One thing they all have in common is a grateful feeling for family and friends, and a new outlook on life, as they have been forced in one way or another to slow down, take a look around, and appreciate life and health which often can be precarious. With their permission we are giving you their e-mail address, so send them a note, let them know you care, you never know, someday it could be one of us!

Betsy Berrey – Dressage Judge

In early August Dressage judge Betsy Berrey went to have an MRI in Wellington to see if the back pain she was experiencing was due to a disc problem and was shocked to find the were 2 completely unexpected masses near her spine and hip.

"As you know in the horse biz when we hear hoof beats we don't think Zebras!” reports an optimistic and cheerful Berrey. “Who would have thought that a lingering flu and some low back pain were early indicators of my illness? The blood tests and chest x-rays that I had this spring were all completely normal.” Read More...

Cesar Parra "God Willing" Will Ride at Dressage at Devon
Update: September 25, 2007

“I started to ride this past weekend and it feels good. I have to be careful because I am on blood thinners, but I am so happy to be back on my horses.” Dr. Parra told DressageDaily. “I am preparing so that if I feel good I will show at Devon. What a real blessing - God is truly great! I will have surgery in November to correct the problem in my heart that caused the strokes. Read More...

Sue Roberto – Dressage Trainer - Judge

On Monday, Sept 17, while mounting a client’s horse Sue Roberto suffered a fall and a broken pelvis. After going into shock she was transported by Trauma Hawk to St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, and subsequently had surgery where a titanium plate was installed. Releaced just five days later, Sue is on the mend and hoping to resume teaching at her Rolling Rock Farm in Florida from her temporary wheelchair.

Sue admits it she was in a hurry to get things done that day, and hopes to remind others to be patient when riding, and lunge your horse that has had a few days off. Read More....

Tracey Winter - Dressage Trainer

Tracey was seriously injured in a freak accident in July. While standing still, the horse flipped over backwards on Tracey and had great difficulty getting off of her. Tracey's pelvis was fractured in five places and her elbow was shattered so badly that it could not be repaired and had to be replaced with a titanium "elbow". She is back in the saddle and hoping to show again soon. Read More....