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Family of fallen Woodford Co. equestrian helping riding group

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - On Wednesday, friends described Christine Brown to WKYT, just hours after she was found dead on her farm, as an expert horse rider who was once a team captain on the UK Equine Team. The Woodford County Coroner said she was thrown from her horse while jumping hurdles and died of a broken neck. The coroner even added that Brown was wearing a helmet.

Yet the riding accident still took her life, leaving many to mourn her passing.

"We would like to express our sympathy to Dr. Brown, his friends, his family, and the equine community that knew Mrs. Brown so well," said Denise Spittler, Program Director for the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope Organization.

Even in this loss there's still hope, as Brown's loved ones are asking for a donation to be made in her memory to this very special organization.

"Donations in Mrs. Brown's memory will directly support our therapeutic riding program. That program supports individuals with special physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral special needs," said Spittler.

The Brown family is asking for these donations to be made in Brown's memory because she loved to ride, and in her legacy they hope it will help others too.

"We would use these donations to specifically improve the quality and health of the individuals that participate here with us, and we specially use the horse to do that," answered Spittler, adding, "We'd like to express our sympathies and say thank you for the trust and thank you for the opportunity to serve our participants."

As Spittler put it, everyone is equal in the saddle.

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