Draft horses bolt, injuring 3 women at State Fair

August 29, 1991

Three Carroll County women were injured Tuesday night at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium when a team of draft horses bolted from the 4-H Parade of Champions, according to a fair official.

Margaret Smith, 34, of the 300 block of South Springdale Road in New Windsor was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was reported in stable condition, officials said.

Two other people, Rebecca Geiman, 41, of the 4400 block of Band Hill Road in Westminster and Monica Feseer, 15, of Taneytown, were treated for minor injuries at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, a spokeswoman said.

The incident occurred about 8:15 p.m. when two draft horses pulling a wagon with two champion pigs bolted at the end of the parade, Howard Max Mosner, general manager at the fair, said.

Mr. Mosner said Ms. Feseer was injured when thrown from the wagon, and Ms. Smith, who owns the horses, suffered fractures of her right leg and arm, apparently when she was run over by the wagon as she tried to stop the team of horses.

Ms. Geiman was injured when she jumped over a fence to avoid the runaway horses, the official said.

Mr. Mosner said the horses then ran off onto a maintenance road and crashed into the side of a 1976 Chevrolet station wagon before they were brought under control. Both horses suffered minor injuries, he said.

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