It’s been eight years since Manitoba jockey Alyssa Selman fell during a race at Assiniboia Downs. The accident resulted in a spinal cord injury that left Selman paralyzed from the chest down. The 85-lb woman has been struggling to buy a new, lightweight motorized wheelchair in recent years, but a fundraiser hosted by friends and family has solved the problem.
As reported by CBC, the fundraiser saw horse folks arrive from all around the province and from as far away as North Dakota for a day of equestrian games, a silent auction with prizes donated by local businesses, a 50/50 draw, and a barbecue. “She’s having troubles getting around,” John Teichroeb told the news outlet. “It’s something she needs to be able to achieve independence in her life.”
The type of wheelchair that Selman needs has a hefty price tag between $7,500 and $8,000. Fortunately, the event was a big success, raising upwards of $11,000 for the equipment. It’s more than enough, and Selman already has plans for the extra funds. “I have a bit to buy a commode for my shower. Hopefully enough for some hand controls in my truck, or halfway there at least,” she told CBC News.
Selman still rides a couple of times a week aboard her Belgian Paint named Duke, using a customized saddle to keep her secure.