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Paraplegic former jockey, Anne Von ...
Paraplegic former jockey, Anne Von Rosen, is writing her own chapter.
"I'm determined to fight and not give up," she
said from her
apartment in Phoenix, Ariz. "Doctors never flat out told me I'd be paralyzed the rest of my life, but I accepted it to some degree.
On March 11, 2014, Von Rosen
finished second aboard Quarter Horse Panchita Bonita at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.
"I don't remember the race," she
For Von Rosen
, determination seems built in. Intelligent and personable, she
is also known as a hard worker and independent.
worked on a breeding farm in her
native Germany before moving to Italy, France and England, where she
exercised horses at several major tracks.
She gained a job as a vet tech at prestigious Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., became an assistant trainer, and then decided to become a jockey, first riding at bush tracks in South Dakota in 2001.
As a seasoned veteran, she
raced chiefly at Turf Paradise and Canterbury Downs, riding 5,000 races and winning a respectable 666.
, now 43, soon moved to Denver's Craig Hospital
, renowned for helping those with severe spinal cord injuries.
refused counseling along with anti-depressants.
"I didn't like it there," she
After two weeks, Von Rosen
moved back to her
home and family in Germany where she
underwent rehabilitation at a facility in Frankfurt while her
father treated her
with everything from reflexology, raindrop therapy (aromatherapy and massage with essential oils), and electroacupuncture - a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles.
Last September, she
spent six weeks at Dr. Osvaldo Font's Pain Clinic in San Juan, Puerto Rico, receiving controversial electroneuromedular treatments.
Long acupuncture needles are inserted deep inside the spinal cord, then connected to an electrical stimulus strong enough to cause sharp pain in previously unfeeling extremities.
Several Latin and South American doctors perform this treatment, and claim that in some cases, it restores nerve connections inside injured spinal cord tissue.
The practice is not yet approved in the U.S.
"The needle goes in deep," said Von Rosen
For Von Rosen
and other former jockeys now paraplegic, this new birth is often painful.
There are high risks for developing dangerous urinary tract infections and pressure sores from sitting so much.
And there are catheters to deal with, something Von Rosen
said means getting up in the middle of the night to empty the catch bag.
For Von Rosen
, life has been reduced to dealing with her
injury and healing from it.
gets up at 9:00 a.m., when various friends show up to help her
get into the Swiss-made exercise machine her
father purchased to help build her
spends hours on it each day.
Three days a week, she
goes out for physical therapy.
does standing exercises in a special frame at least a half-hour twice a day.
also hooks up her
Acuscope, a device reported to have pain management properties.
recently took time off to attend a day held in her
honor at Turf Paradise, something she
said was rewarding; most rewarding because she
stood in leg braces for the world to see.
voice turns cheery when she
talks about the Doug O' Neill-trained Get Back Anne
, who raced at Santa Anita
, and a thoroughbred weanling named Running for Anne.
does not feel forgotten.
Ten months after her
injury, friends still show up at her
apartment to help in many ways.
does not yet have a hand controlled auto, they take her
to physical therapy, help her
shop, and assist with dishes and laundry.
For Von Rosen
and others like her
, that delicate balance between hope and despair, lament and positive affirmation, giving in and going on is daily fare.
currently resides at the intersection of perspiration and aspiration.
Despite the daily battle, frustration and sometimes sadness, Von Rosen
is not about to give up.
Encouraging words are helpful, she
Active on Facebook
relishes chats, post comments, and especially prayers.
● The inaugural Courage Award was presented to disabled riders, Anne Von Rosen
and Michael Straight.
Jockeys Guild News and Articles
I received a letter recently lamenting the grievous injury suffered by Anne Von Rosen, a veteran Canterbury Park jockey, in an accident at Turf Paradise (Phoenix) two months ago.
The letter was full of praise for Von Rosen
could ride, Irvine wrote, and she
always gave a best effort, while also taking care of her
Bill the Cigar does not hand out such accolades for a jockey freely.
They are earned.
And Von Rosen
was validating Irvine's opinion this winter with an excellent meeting at Turf Paradise.
On March 11, a Tuesday, Anne
finished second on Panchita Bonita in a 400-yard quarterhorse race.
A couple of strides beyond the finish, the horse collapsed, landed on Von Rosen
, trapped her
underneath and crushed her
was transported 4 miles to a branch of the Lincoln Hospital chain.
Doctors performed emergency surgery to save Von Rosen's life.
Another surgery followed to allow her
to be able to sit in a wheelchair.
"The doctors I've seen agree that I won't walk again,'' Von Rosen
"They are wrong.
I'm going to walk.''
was on the phone from a clinic in Frankfurt, Germany.
was transported there in mid-April to be near her
Anne's injury was sustained at T-5, a thoracic vertebrae in the mid-back.
is paralyzed in the trunk and legs.
Von Rosen's father, Jurgen, is a physician, specializing in holistic medicine.
When this conversation took place, she
had twice been visited by an acupuncturist recommended by her
"The first time, he
touched my toes and feet with the needles and I felt nothing,'' Von Rosen
"The second time, I knew there was something there.
It's going to be a long process, but being able to feel something tells me I'm going to walk.''
came to the United States in the late '90s to work at an equine hospital in Lexington, Ky.
Not only is Dad a physician, but Anne has a brother who is a cardiologist.
"My dad didn't like the idea of me being a jockey,'' Anne
thought it was dangerous.
did come over and saw the way I could ride, saw me compete, he
was proud of me.
"You could say he
was right about the danger, but this was not something that happened in a race.
The race was over.
This was a total fluke.''
riding career started at a track in Fort Pierre, S.D., in 2001.
It's a short spring meeting at the Stanley County Fairgrounds.
could do it.
The biggest part of her
as a jockey always was her
career in Shakopee, Von Rosen
has 1,645 starts, with 143 winners and $1,891,226 in purses.
Overall, Canterbury, Turf Paradise, Fort Pierre and elsewhere, Von Rosen
has 666 winners and $5,725,969 in earnings.
Asked to recall her
best day at Canterbury, Anne
mentioned the big wins on Minnesota-bred Careless Navigator, and then added:
Jockeys Guild News and Articles
Ann Von Rosen, a 43-year-old journeyman, suffered a severe spinal injury on March 11 at Turf Paradise when a horse she was riding fell on the backstretch, pinning the rider.
After initially declining to accept Von Rosen
, the hospital agreed to take her on as a patient beginning Thursday, Haire said.
Francia said that Jerry Simms, the owner of Turf Paradise, provided $43,000 to Von Rosen to get her into the Craig Hospital for rehabilitation.
has scheduled a fundraiser for Rosen
for April 12 as part of its Fan Appreciation Day.
Hall of Fame jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith took a trip to Phoenix to visit injured jockey Anne von Rosen
suffered spinal damage when her
horse went down and fell on top of her
shortly after a race on March 11.
is currently paralyzed from the waist down and has already undergone several surgeries to deal with the neurological damage.
is coordinating efforts to raise funds to assist jockey Anne Von Rosen
was seriously injured in a spill on March 11th.
has undergone several surgeries forspinal cord injuries.
, currently ranked third in the jockey standings at Turf Paradise
, was pulling up Panchita Bonita after finishing second in the first race of the day.
was immediately rushed to the hospital.
On Wednesday April 16th at the Turf Terrace at Turf Paradise
, following the races (no later than 6pm) there will be a horsemen's auction, both silent and live, along with a bake sale and dinner benefiting Ms. Von Rosen
Volunteers are seeking donations of items for auction.
Those wishing to donate directly may send a check made out to Turf Paradise Foundation
and mark the memo line Anne Von Rosen
All proceeds will benefit Anne Von Rosen
Panchita Bonita, a 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare, apparently was exhausted after finishing second in the 400-yard event, stumbled badly pulling up, then fell and pinned Von Rosen
, 42, needed seven hours of emergency surgery to deal with the initial trauma of leaking spinal fluid, then two days later she
underwent another surgical procedure to stabilize the spine.
legs remain paralyzed.
"Everybody likes Annie
," Bainum said.
"I rode against Anne quite a bit," said Gann, now an assistant trainer based at Santa Anita.
is not only a member of the Guild, she
is one of the official Guild representatives for the Arizona riding colony.
"I was there just a couple of weeks ago with Anne
, going over the conditions in the women's jockey room that need attention," Haire said.
, a native of Germany, was late coming to a riding career.
To date, she
had won 666 races from just less than 5,000 mounts.
In the meantime, there are reports that specialists are already at work using stem-cell treatments in hopes of repairing Von Rosen's
"If anyone could, it would be Anne
Even in a sport that can be dangerous, the diagnosis is heartbreaking: Anne Von Rosen
, one of a small number of women jockeys, was paralyzed in what's being called a freak accident.
On Thursday, Von Rosen
underwent surgery, and those close to the situation say she
is lucky to be alive.
Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys' Guild said, "Anne is member of the Jockeys' Guild and we need continued prayers for her next surgery Friday and for her recovery."
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Sire: Eddington, Chestnut, 2001.
Lifetime: 152 yearlings sold, median $12,000.
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