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By Susan Salk on March 17, 2011
That horrible day vanished from thought as Laine Ashker burst from the start box aboard Anthony Patch. Galloping toward the first obstacle at the 2010 Rolex Three-Day, each stride put emotional distance between the young rider and the devastating accident that claimed the life of her horse Frodo Baggins, two years earlier. The black New Zealand Thoroughbred, who was lovely enough to appear in the movie Lord of the Rings, was euthanized, and Ashker was airlifted to a hospital with multiple broken bones, two collapsed lungs, and a severely fractured jaw. For two months, after the fall, Ashker remained hospitalized. […]