Segs4Vets Reaches Out To Horse Racing To Assist Disabled Riders

From Paulick Report Anne Von Rosen has a new ride, but she’d rather it be on a horse. Her legs paralyzed in a March 11, 2014, spill at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., Von Rosen was in Del Mar, Calif., last week to receive a retrofitted Segway personal transporter from the parent company of Segs4Vets, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has provided more than 1,600 Segways to assist men and women in the U.S. military who returned home with severe wounds suffered during their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s pretty cool because you have your hands free,” Von Rosen said of the ALLY chair, which is built on a Segway frame and allows the user to go forward or backwards by using their core – leaning in the direction they want to go. A stick serves as a steering device. “But I’m not going to sit in a wheelchair the rest of my life,” Rosen said with conviction. “I’m going to walk again.” Von Rosen was accompanied to Del Mar by her friend, trainer Stacy Campo, and her faithful canine companion, Lily, who seemed to enjoy riding on Von Rosen’s lap as she moved around on the ALLY chair during a training session given by Segs4Vets volunteers. A native of Germany, Von Rosen was chosen to be the first disabled jockey recipient of an ALLY chair through discussions with...

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