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By Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse JournalNovember 13, 2010
Superbowl Bound and Dr. Gigi Davis accepting his seventh-place award in the amateur 2-year-old geldings class.
AQHA World Championship Show condolences go out to longtime exhibitors Greg and Dr. Gigi Davis of Savannah, Tennessee, who lost a horse November 12 in a trailer accident.
AQHA Professional Horseman Jason and Julie Smith left the World Show grounds to haul the Davis’ two 2-year-old geldings back to the Smith ranch in Whitesboro, Texas. The Davises had shown both horses to top-10 finishes earlier in the day – Greg showed Awestruck Image, and Gigi showed Superbowl Bound.
The accident happened not far from the show grounds on Interstate 44 and Southwest 29th in Oklahoma City. The trailer rolled and landed in the median, according to news sources, and the two geldings were trapped inside. Thankfully, the Smiths were uninjured.
AQHA Professional Horseman Randy Jacobs of Dover, Ohio, was soon on the scene to assist, as were the Davises. Exhibitor Jennifer Jubb, who was following the Smiths in her car, called Randy as soon as the accident happened. The Smiths and the Jacobs both train horses for the Davises.
“The horses were down and couldn’t get up,” Randy said. Randy told the Journal the word spread quickly through the World Show barn and horsemen soon were arriving to help.
“It’s one big family,” Randy said. “There was so much support. Horse show people are so helpful.”
Dr. David McCarroll, the onsite veterinarian for the World Show, was soon on the scene, and horsemen and trainers helped the Smiths pull the horses out of the trailer. Awestruck Image appeared to have a broken shoulder, Randy said, and the decision was made to euthanize the gelding.
It was a tough moment for the Davises, Randy said: “They don’t do (the horse shows) for any other reason than they love these horses.”
AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Laney of Cherryville, North Carolina, hauled Superbowl Bound back to the World Show grounds. Randy said the gelding is doing fine, aside from being a little sore and tired.
“I just couldn’t believe all the people who showed up to help,” Randy said.
Please send any cards or condolences to Greg and Gigi Davis, P.O. Box 1026, Savannah, Tennessee, 38372.
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