The National HBPA Foundation will be joining many others in providing assistance to jockey Alyssa Selman. Support will go towards a fund set up to assist Alyssa and her family with medical bills following her racing accident. The incident occurred on June 27 at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Manitoba HBPA will facilitate Alyssa receiving the National HBPA’s well wishes and support. Please contact the Manitoba HBPA or The National HBPA office for further information on needs and support.
Alyssa, 29, is married and has two children. She underwent surgery for damage to her spinal cord and fractured vertebrae, shortly following the accident. Her injuries occurred when she was thrown from her mount after her horse stumbled. Alyssa’s mount clipped heels with another horse on the track which caused her mount to lose footing. Her doctors currently are unable to report if she will fully recover. At this point doctors are concerned about Alyssa’s ability to walk normally after her recovery, but they have not ruled out that possibility.
“The indication from her family is that the surgery was deemed successful,” the track said on its website. “However, the road to recovery will be lengthy. The finality of her back injury cannot be stated at this time.”
Assiniboia Downs will be hosting a fundraiser for Selman on July 19, and donations are also being accepted online. For more information, go to www.assiniboiadowns.com.
“I know I speak for all horsemen in saying that Alyssa is in our thoughts and that we are hoping for a full recovery,” said Robin Richards, president and chairperson of the board for the National HBPA.
The National HBPA is the largest racing horsemen’s representative association in North America, with 30 affiliate member organizations representing over 30,000 owners and trainers of thoroughbred racehorses.