Jessamine County rider drowns after horse slips, falls in stream

jwarren@herald-leader.comMay 12, 2013 

A Jessamine County man drowned Saturday evening after the horse he was riding slipped and fell into a rain-swollen stream, authorities said.

Searchers found the body of Danny Reynolds about 9 a.m. Sunday, roughly half a mile from where he and his horse went into the water, Jessamine County Coroner Michael Hughes said.

The incident occurred along a small stream near Brumfield Lane, according to Hughes.

WKYT-TV identified the stream as Hickman Creek.

Reynolds, 56, was riding with some companions about 7:30 p.m. when he guided his horse into the stream, Hughes said. The coroner said it was unclear whether Reynolds was trying to cross the stream or simply wanted to ride into the water.

The water in the stream was turbulent from recent heavy rains, the coroner said.

According to Hughes, the horse slipped and went down, and Reynolds and the horse fell into the water. Reynolds was swept away by the strong current, the coroner said.

Members of the Jessamine County Fire Department searched the stream bank without success Saturday night. They resumed the search about 7:45 Sunday morning, and found Reynolds' body a little more than an hour later.

The horse sustained cuts and scrapes, Hughes said.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255

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