Last Saturday, Sept. 17, Lucia Strini and her horse, Altairs Luck, fell at the A element of the coffin complex on the Plantation Field CIC** (Pa.) cross-country course.
Strini, who was wearing an air vest, suffered a mild liver laceration and 10 non-displaced fractures, including her hip, pelvis, sacrum, three ribs and four vertebrae in her lower back.
After the fall, Strini was taken to the Christiana Care Hospital (Del.) for treatment and released Tuesday evening. Though they’ll both take a few months out of their competition schedule to recover, the prognosis is good for Strini and Altairs Luck.
But Strini, 24, isn’t letting her injuries get in the way of her weekend plans: Her wedding to college sweetheart Joseph Ruckert is still a go. Strini and Ruckert, 24, who met through mutual friends at Virginia Commonwealth University, will be wed on Strini’s farm in Scottsdale, Va., this Saturday, Sept. 24.
“I’ve been waiting so long for this day that I wanted to go through with it even though it’ll be a little different,” said Strini. “I can’t walk, but I’ve got a motorized wheel chair. It’s an outdoor wedding, so I’ll be able to wheel around on the grass a little bit. We were going to have the ceremony in a field, but now we’re just going to have it on the porch so I don’t have to go far. After such a bad accident, it will be really nice to see so many close friends.”
Though Strini anticipates a three-month hiatus from riding, she’s looking forward to spending some time around the barn and cheering on her sister, Benita, at competitions this fall.
“Everyone at Plantation was so amazing. A bunch of people helped take care of my horses and get them home the next day,” she said. “It’s going to be hard, but I’m looking forward to getting back to the barn, seeing the horses and watching my sister compete.”