[RC] boring collarbone saga - Brenda L. Kossowan
Angie: Glad to hear you're coping with your recent and highly public
injury. I got a chuckle from your comment about the number of injuries
we suffer in the advancement of our careers as endurance rides. It
brought back memories of a fellow rider who was taking so many bruises,
her doctor tried to report her husband for spousal abuse. The doctor
simply would not believe that this woman would continue riding a horse
that was giving her that amount of grief. The horse - a purebred Arab
gelding - ended up changing hands a couple of times; came perilously
close to being shipped to France as steaks and was even tried out by a
rodeo cowboy to see if he might be used as a bucking horse. He was
eventually purchased by yet another crazy endurance rider who saw the
potential in his powerful, compact body and determined nature. That
horse, now enjoying a peaceful retirement with about 25 equine buddies,
is Allah's Joy Ride, Wayne Delbeke's infamous JR, who went on to
represent Canada at Dubai in the mid-90s - with one of his former owners
aboard. Wayne coined his own special acronym in honour of JR's antics:
He called him a SUD launcher, short for Sudden Unplanned Dismount.
My best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.
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