Horse Dies, Rider Injured at Ocala

Laura Linback, was injured when the horse she was riding at the HITS Ocala Winter Championship, HH Dauphin, died suddenly after leaving the ring.

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Laura Linback, 48, an American show jumper, was injured when the horse she was riding at the HITS Ocala Winter Championship, HH Dauphin, died suddenly after leaving the ring.

Linback and the 14-year-old grey Dutch stallion had just completed their jump-off round in the $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on March 26th when the horse collapsed. Linback was still aboard the horse and suffered a severe head injury. She was treated on-site by medics before being flown by helicopter to an unspecified medical center. In a statement, HITS president and CEO Tom Struzzieri said, “Surgery was performed on Laura and all of us are awaiting word on her progress,” Her condition is unknown at this time.

Linback and her family operate Woodrun Farm in Mundelein, IL, and Morriston, FL. HH Dauphin had been shown by Linback since 2011 and was owned by Woodrun Farm and Alvin and Nancy Gorman.