Horsewoman Kristin Shetler and the horse she was training were broadsided by a car on the half-mile training track at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Saturday morning. Shetler, 37, underwent surgery for a broken ankle and crushed heel later that day at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
"She's doing ok now," said Shetler's father, Dan, on Sunday morning. "She had a great surgeon. This is the hospital where all the NASCAR and Indy car drivers are taken."
Kristin also suffered a concussion in the accident, which occurred when a parking attendant advised the driver of a car that they could drive across the half-mile oval into the infield.
Dan Shelter explained that the car was crossing the track to park in the infield because a car auction was being held at the fairgrounds.
"The mile track was closed but we had the half-mile to train on until 10 a.m.. At about 7:30 though, they started putting cars through on the track so people could park in the infield. There were probably 20 horses on the track at the time and I was down in the turn with a horse. The parking attendant flagged a car through and the guy broadsided Kristin's horse. The car hit the horse on the right hind," explained Dan Shetler.
Dan said he was told Kristin was catapulted about 20 feet into the air. She landed in the infield.
I saw the commotion and I got there and Kristin was in the infield, and when she came to she was in pain immediately," added Dan. "Thankfully, there is no hub rail on the half mile track and the ground was soft because of all the rain we've had."
Dan said he's unsure of the extent of the horse's injuries. "He's skinned up and lame right now, so he's just in his stall and he's being evaluated," said Shetler.--harnessracing.com