HORACE, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A woman from Canada has been identified as the person killed in Fargo after she was trampled by a horse. While her friends and family are mourning the loss, federal data showed less than two dozen people die each year because of horses.
Kimberley Rae Elliott, 57, of Alberta, Canada was fatally injuredat the North Dakota State University Equine Center Tuesday afternoon.
“She was just one of those people that everyone was blessed to have in their world," MacDonald said.
Laurie MacDonald has known Elliott for nearly 30 years and says her heart sank when she learned of Elliott's death.
“If you needed it and she could help, she would. She was there for everybody and anybody, her love and support of rodeo was huge," MacDonald said.
MacDonald said Elliott has been handling horses for more than 20 years.
The horse that trampled her had been inside a trailer when it got spooked, knocking her to the ground.
Friends of Elliott said one of the reasons that she was still in Fargo on Tuesday was the snow storm kept her in town.
Jubilee Equine in Horace houses more than 30 horses and teaches people how to safely ride them.
“It's easy to get complacent once you think you know your horse and you know what's going to happen in all these situations," Cami Slaubaugh, Jubilee Equine Stable Manager, said. "They’re a prairie animal and you can't predict their behavior 100 percent of the time."
The horse barn emphasized that those who ride horses at their location follow the rules, such as wearing a certified helmet.
“A horse has a heart as big as a basketball and when you're near that, it spills over," Terrie Dahl, President of Jubliee Equine, said. "And they can be a very calm animal by and large if we handle them in a calm way, they choose to calm down."
Elliott's employer posted a somber note on its website describing her as a tenacious woman who was tough as nails.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 72 people die each year from injuries related to farm animals 20 of which involve horses.