Paige Winters of Leawood, Kan., was an enthusiastic rider and came to Lexington over the weekend to look at horses to buy, accompanied by her mother, Joan, and her riding trainer, Thomas Fahey.
Paige Winters and Fahey boarded the overbooked flight to Atlanta. Her mother decided to stay behind, a family spokesman said. She was at the airport when the crash was reported.
Paige Winters, 16, a high school junior, was remembered as being bright and friendly, according to the Kansas City Star.
"She always had a smile on her face," said Betsy Anderson, whose daughter Alicia Anderson was a friend of Winters.
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Fahey, 26, had built a riding and training business in partnership with the Winsrun Equestrian Center in Bucyrus, Kan.
Sally Dwyer, the owner of Seven Oaks Ranch in Spring Hill, Kan., was a client. "I don't think there was a horse that could unseat him," Dwyer told the Kansas City Star. "He had glue on the seat of his pants. He was absolutely fearless."
The Kansas group was at the Kentucky Horse Park Saturday during the Kentucky Hunter/Jumper Association Annual Show