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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Easterly talks about her fall in the Wellington parade

  • Chelsea Easterly was resting at home over the weekend after taking a spill off her horse in the Wheat Festival Parade Friday night in Wellington.

    She felt fortunate to have only minor injuries after the horse bucked her off and she landed on the pavement on her head and hip. Quick thinking on her part also prevented a four-year-old boy from getting hurt.
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  • Chelsea Easterly was resting at home over the weekend after taking a spill off her horse in the Wheat Festival Parade Friday night in Wellington.
    She felt fortunate to have only minor injuries after the horse bucked her off and she landed on the pavement on her head and hip. Quick thinking on her part also prevented a four-year-old boy from getting hurt.
    The child, Aiden, her fiance’s son, was riding in the saddle in front of her. She grabbed the child and held on to him as she fell.
    “I grabbed him and twisted him to get him on top of me,” she said.
    One of her family members was making a video of the ride, and she watched the accident several times Saturday.
    “He never touched the pavement,” she said of the young boy.
    The parade was stopped after she fell. A crowd of about 10 people gathered around her until emergency medical people arrived.
    She said someone who was a retired EMT talked to her and kept her calm until help arrived.
    “I heard Shelly Hansel talking, and as calm as she sounded, that helped me too,” she said.
    She said there was a group of horses ahead of her group and they seemed edgy for the whole parade. Easterly said he has no idea why her horse became agitated and started bucking. It could have been the uneasiness of the other horses.
    She has ridden that horse in three previous Wheat Festival parades, and several other parades and never any problem with the horse.
    “That horse is 13 years old, very broken and very used to parades,” she said.
    The child has ridden the horse by himself, so she was surprised when it started bucking in that situation.
    She was determined to not let the boy hit the ground,  and she said she doesn’t remember hitting the ground herself. She remembers her hip and head hurting, and wondering if the boy was ok.
    “They told me he was sitting in a lawn chair, eating candy and wondering why he couldn’t get back on the horse and finish the parade,” she said. “The boy knows no fear.”
    Easterly has been involved with horses for eight years or more. She trains horses, breaks them and gives riding lessons. She said she has been thrown off horses a lot, but never in a parade and never on pavement. 
    She was examined at the hospital. There were no broken bones and there was no concussion. She has a large lump on her head and several bruises.
    Page 2 of 2 - She plans to take it easy for a few more days, and then get back on a horse as soon as possible.
    She wants to thank the police, the EMT’s and everyone else who was there at the scene.
    She appreciated Aviator Church Mark Cress coming to the ER at the hospital and praying for her.
    “I am thankful for everyone’s prayers and thoughts,” she said.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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