G. Mobberley listed critical but stable Freak barn accident at Laurel causes severe internal injuries

June 23, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Well-known Maryland horsewoman Gretchen B. Mobberley is in critical but stable condition at the intensive-care unit in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

She was flown there by helicopter from Laurel Race Course on Friday morning after she had been kicked in the stomach by a horse.

Mobberley underwent five hours of surgery for severe internal injuries and is expected to be hospitalized from a month to six weeks.

Her daughter, Bird, said her mother was coming out of the feed-room door at their Laurel barn when another trainer's horse, which was being cooled out in the shed row, lashed out with both hind feet.

Mobberley was knocked to the ground. Her stomach burst, and she sustained a large gash in one arm.

Mobberley and her husband, Jack, have 12 horses in training at Laurel, and operate a large breeding and horse show facility at their Summer Hill Farm in Howard County.

It was normal for Mobberley to gallop eight to 10 horses daily at the track, then go home and either go fox hunting for several hours in the afternoon or school her string of five show hunters.

She is vice president of the Howard County Hunt Club and the Howard County Horse Shows Association.

Her husband is vice president of the Maryland Horse Breeders' Association and a director of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

"I predict Gretchen will be out of the hospital sooner than anyone expects and will be back to galloping horses," Jack Mobberley said yesterday.

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