Benefit scheduled for horse accident victim

Published on Thursday, 14 November 2013 20:26 - Written by By Kelly Gooch

A benefit trail ride will take place this weekend for a Ben Wheeler woman who was injured in a horseback riding accident.

The accident occurred Nov. 2 at Tarrant Ranch in the Bullard area.

Chandler resident Ute Mack said her friend, Cindy Dotson, went riding that day, and the horse, Dancer, threw her.

Ms. Mack said Ms. Dotson, 53, usually works with her horses on the grounds before she rides them by doing a series of exercises, but did not do so that day.

“It was basically a fluke accident,” she added.

Ms. Dotson suffered major injuries, including broken ribs and a punctured lung, according to Ms. Mack. Ms. Dotson was released from the hospital earlier this week.

Ms. Mack described her friend, who attends Heritage Trail Cowboy Church, as someone who is “outgoing” and “very giving to the community.”

Last week, she said Ms. Dotson “was in very good spirits.”

“She was very upbeat, very positive,” Ms. Mack said.

She said she doesn’t know Ms. Dotson’s true prognosis, but expects that it will take quite awhile until she can comfortably ride again.

In the meantime, the benefit ride is scheduled, and Ms. Dotson’s sister, Jennifer Ramsey, said they are praying for a quick recovery.

The benefit ride is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Tarrant Ranch. Registration begins at 9 a.m., according to Ms. Mack.

There is a suggested donation of $25, and commemorative T-shirts will be available for an additional $10.

Ms. Mack said participants can bring their own lunch and drinks, and ride as long or short as they want.

Proceeds from the benefit will go to raise money for medical bills and medical expenses for Ms. Dotson.

Community members also can donate to a “Benefit for Cindy Dotson” account at Citizens National Bank.