Sunday, June 14, 2009

You're supposed to climb back on, right?

Last October, I wrote about an accident I had been in ( which resulted in me spending three days in the Intensive Care Unit at the Saint John Regional Hospital after suffering a head injury. As some of you may know, one of my hobbies is training and driving Standardbred (Harness) racehorses, a hobby I picked up through my father, who trained racehorses as an occupation, for nearly 50 years. The accident occurred during a horse race, when the horse I was driving fell suddenly, propelling me into the ground head first. Luckily for me, I was wearing the proper safety equipment (a top notch helmet and a protective impact vest) and there is no doubt that the helmet saved my life.

Just like most accidents, it came without warning and it was unexpected -- it's one of the reasons we always need to use the safety equipment and tools we have - you can just never tell.

You may be interested in listening to an interview CBC radio did with me about the accident. You can find it at by scrolling down to the June 8th interview.

As an update to that blog entry, I thought some of you would like to know that I'm now "back on track". You know what they say - if a horse throws you, you need to climb right back up! The good news is that last week I won with the horse I had crashed with (his name is "Porthill Digger") in my second time out with him this year.

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