Freehold, NJ --- Trainer/driver Jacqueline Ingrassia, who is also a USTA director, broke her leg in a riding accident at Assunpink Wildlife Management Area in New Jersey on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 17).
Ingrassia, a skilled and experienced rider, had surgery early this morning to stabilize the break with a rod and pins.
"If I was a horse, they'd shoot me," she said. "They did the surgery at 5:30 this morning. I got back in my room at 9 a.m. It feels a whole lot better since they did it. It's stable now; before, it was moving around a little. The doctor is talking about starting to walk on it in a couple of weeks. I'll be back in no time."
She was unseated while approaching a jump on the 8-year-old trotting gelding Standardbred Arcaro.
"He stumbled and I went backside over tea kettle," she said. "He'd been a good boy all day long and this was the last jump."
Ingrassia, who was riding with a helmet, had no other injuries. She was riding with her friend Lella Montgomery, who caught and loaded the loose horse and called Ingrassia's husband Frank, who brought her to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, N.J. She expects to be discharged before the end of the week.
Well wishes can be sent to Ingrassia at LadyJay23@aol.com.
by Ellen Harvey for HRC