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Valerie Ashker and Peter Friedman are crossing the United States on their OTTBs. Ashker has been sidelined in Utah by a broken clavicle and medical scare.

TB ride across USA delayed by fall, cancer scare

A 60-year-old California woman attempting to ride her OTTB across the United States has been delayed by mounting medical issues. Valerie Ashker, the mother of four-star rider Lainey Ashker, sustained a broken clavicle and elbow in a fall last week, an accident occurring just weeks after a horse-kick fractured two or more of her ribs. And in a worrisome turn of events, doctors discovered a marble-sized “spot” on her lung during a routine, follow-up x-ray, and suggested the daredevil rider take time out to visit an oncologist in Provo yesterday morning. With great relief Ashker announced that the spot was suspected […]