A show jumper ridden by Laura Linback walked out of the ring after completing the second round of the $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit then collapsed and died Saturday evening.
Linback and HH Dauphin had just successfully completed the jump off securing the pair’s second place finish. Linback remained in the tack and was injured as the large grey crumpled without notice.
Linback was immediately treated on scene. She was flown by medics to an unconfirmed medical center where she underwent emergency surgery to treat internal brain bleeding. According to sources close to the family, Linback sustained a serious head injury and is fighting for her life. She remains in a medically induced coma.
An equestrian, wife, and mother, Linback of Woodrun Horse Farm in Mundelein, Illinois cheated death in 2012. She and her husband, Troy Linback, were hit by a drunk driver. Both sustained injuries, with Troy’s being more serious. Laura saddled back up not long after and was ready to show again.
The 14-year-old stallion HH Dauphin was owned by Linback’s Woodrun Horse Farm and her parents Alvin and Nancy Gorman. Linback and HH Dauphin competed together since 2011.