Show jumper Laura Chapot sustained injuries on Feb. 3 when a horse she was schooling in Wellington, Fla., fell. Chapot broke her collarbone and pelvic bone.
“The horse got tangled in the rail in the schooling area and fell, and I fell,” explained Chapot, of Neshanic Station, N.J. “It could be a lot worse. [The doctor] said it’s very lucky; the places that are actually broken are not the worst places.”
Currently Chapot, 41, is still in the hospital, although she hopes to be moved to a rehabilitation center within a few days. She does not anticipate needing surgery.
“I think once [the doctor] gets a three-dimensional image, he will be a little more definite about what the next step is,” she said, adding that she plans to stay in Florida.
“It’s been really nice to have so many people rally around and try to help us out in a tough situation,” said Chapot. She and her mother, Mary Chapot, are still working out details to keep the horses in work.
“I never sit down; I’m always really active,” Laura said. “That’s the hardest part, just staying still.”