Friends consider path dedication for fallen equestrian

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – A path dedicated to horses and their riders is something Kathleen Sullivan thinks her friend would want.

"She was a wonderful person," said Sullivan. "She helped a lot of the young riders here in the area, was a little bit of a mom to them."

Christine Brown, 44, of Woodford County died in a riding accident on July 10.

Brown, who was once a team captain on the UK Equine Team, was thrown from her horse while jumping hurdles.

The coroner says she died of a broken neck and was wearing a helmet at the time.

"Horses are dangerous and that's the choice she made," she said. "The reality is, most of Christine's friends say if Christine had to go, we're glad she did doing what she loved."

Her friends are now trying to dedicate a section of a horse path at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Phase one of three has already been completed, but there's still more money that needs to be raised.

In addition to completing a section of the horse path, the money that Christine's friends raise will also go toward placing her name on a sign.

The horse park says the path leads to better safety for riders and horses traversing the park in-between events.

"All of these people have to get around on bicycles, golf carts and cars," said Laura Klumb, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. "So, the path would be a way to keep the horses separate from that traffic."

If you'd like to donate, go to or you can call the Kentucky Horse Park at (859) 255-5727.

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