Crash of Flight 5191

Equine veterinary tech Anne Marie Bailey loved Bluegrass horse farms

Her love for horses brought Anne Marie Bailey to the Bluegrass.

Bailey, a veterinary technician, had stayed a couple of days in Lexington attending a conference on equine health, said her friend and co-worker Ruth Wilsher.

She was heading home Sunday to Vancouver, British Columbia, and expected to return to work Monday at the office of Dr. Edward Wiebe, an equine veterinarian.

“We’ll never replace Anne,” Wilsher said. “She was definitely one of a kind. There was no one like her.”

Bailey, 49, was among three Canadians on Flight 5191. Her husband and a friend came to Lexington after the crash, Wilsher said.

Bailey worked with the horses at Hastings Park Racecourse in Vancouver about six times a week, Wiebe said. A memorial in her honor is being planned at the track.

“She loved working with horses,” Wilsher said. “She was so dedicated. She was very passionate about her job.”

Bailey loved touring the thoroughbred farms in the Lexington area and found a mare here that she had worked with in Hastings Park. Bailey planned to be photographed with the mare, Wilsher said.

“She was really quite excited about that,” Wilsher said. “That was a highlight for her.”

Besides working at the racetrack, Bailey taught fitness classes and was active in outdoor sports.

“She was just a very positive person that would be grinning at 11 o’clock in the rain,” Wiebe said.

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