For all those who are cynical about horse professionals and the show scene, consider this clip posted today on the web site of injured Olympic event rider Darren Chiacchia, who remains hospitalized in intensive care at a Tallahassee, Florida hospital after a horrific fall six days ago at the Red Hills Horse Trials:
“Many of the world’s top equestrians have reached out to help keep Darren Chiacchia’s, Independence Farm, running smoothly by donating their time and talents to teach his stable of students. Friend and neighbor in New York state, John Madden, came to Independence South in Ocala to help Darren’s students as they prepare for this springs upcoming competitions at Poplar Place, The Fork and the CCI at the Florida Horse Park. Regarding Chiacchia, Madden said that his ‘contribution was made very easy. Darren has been a good friend and is an excellent horseman, which is evident from his students.’
“Earlier in the week, Missy Ransehousen, daughter of famed dressage trainer and previous USET Chef d’Equipe Jessica Ransehousen, worked on the flat with Chiacchia’s students and will be attending The Fork horse trials with them. On Friday, Jonathon Holling will be helping out and attending Poplar Place and the CCI* at the Florida Horse Park with Chiacchia’s students.
“On Monday and Tuesday, one of show jumping’s star riders, Lauren Hough, will teach Darren’s students how to further their skills in the show jumping arena. Dressage legend Robert Dover will be here on Wednesday to help them prepare for their dressage tests. The end of the week will bring back jumping legends John and Beezie Madden on Thursday morning.
“Both Holling and Ransehausen will teach here at Independence Farm on a weekly basis and will mentor the students through their upcoming events.”
Meanwhile, at the hospital, Darren reportedly has opened his eyes a few times and can squeeze hands, according to the web site. His Independence Farm is located near Ocala, Florida.