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Frankfort veterinarian's funeral will be Thursday

Funeral services will be Thursday in Frankfort for a Central Kentucky veterinarian who died Saturday following complications from surgery after an accident last week at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Caroline Bevins-Taylor, 46, of Frankfort attended a hunter/jumper show at the Horse Park on Friday. She was standing nearby when a golf cart being loaded onto her trailer accelerated and pinned her right leg to her car, park spokeswoman Cindy Rullman said.

“It was just a tragic, tragic, freakish accident,” Rullman said.

The accident occurred about 5 p.m. Friday. Bevins-Taylor was taken to University of Kentucky Medical Center, where she died Saturday morning during surgery.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rogers Funeral Home in Frankfort. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, followed by burial at 4 p.m. at Martin-Music Cemetery in Canonsburg.

An Ashland native, Bevins-Taylor traveled extensively but settled in Frankfort, where she owned and operated Bevins Animal Hospital and served on the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners.

She had been applauded for her volunteer animal rescue efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, according to her obituary. Bevins-Taylor also was an accomplished horsewoman and winner of many show-ring hunter competitions.

She graduated with honors from The Ohio State University and Auburn University's School of Veterinary Medicine.

Bevins-Taylor was a member of the U.S. Equestrian Foundation and a board member of the Kentucky Hunter-Jumper Association. She was also known for her riding barn in Crestwood.

Bevins-Taylor also was a skilled bridge player, avid golfer and a snow skier.

She is survived by her mother, Anna M. Crawford, and brother, Stephen J. Crawford, both of Frankfort. She is also survived by her fiancé, James W. Bosler III of Louisville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Kentucky Humane Society.

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