A really sad story came in last night while at work. A Battle Ground woman was found dead after a horse returned to its boarding stable without a rider.
She was identified as Candace "Candy" Morrison, 57. Morrison was a music teacher at Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver.
Another rider found the horse and she immediately began to search for the missing rider, going down a gravel road on Longview Timber property.
About one mile along, the rider found Morrison lying on the road. She had head trauma and was not wearing a riding helmet.
I don't know the lady, but my heart goes out to her family. I think anyone who has experience with horses knows the risks, but we chose to take them anyway. I started wearing a helmet 5 years ago and will never ride without one. I wish she had one on yesterday. It may have saved her life.
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