Woodford County

Broken neck from horse-riding accident killed Woodford County veterinarian's wife

An autopsy Thursday determined that a woman died of a broken neck after a horse-riding accident, Woodford County Coroner Ronald Owens said.

Christine Brown, 44, an experienced rider, was found dead Wednesday afternoon in an outdoor hurdle-jumping arena off Pinckard Pike, Owens said. She was found by her husband, veterinarian Dr. Stuart Brown.

Dr. Brown knew something was wrong when he came home because a horse was unattended outside the arena, Owens said.

When he went to the arena, Dr. Brown found his wife lying on the ground. Owens said he received a call about the case at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Christine Brown typically would ride in the mornings between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Owens said.

"Apparently she was jumping the hurdles and the horse hit one of the hurdles, and it threw her off," Owens said. "The hurdle was tipped over, and the wood was splintered where the horse had crashed into it."

The state medical examiner's office in Frankfort performed an autopsy Thursday.

Stuart Brown is a member of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington.

Visitation for Christine Brown will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Brownstead Farm. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Pisgah Presbyterian Church in Versailles.

It was suggested memorials be sent to the Woodford Humane Society and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.