Injured horseback rider airlifted from Skyline Park

2012-04-27T21:15:00Z Injured horseback rider airlifted from Skyline ParkRegister staff Napa Valley Register
April 27, 2012 9:15 pm  • 

A horseback rider on Friday was transported by California Highway Patrol helicopter to Queen of the Valley Medical Center after she fell off a horse and rolled down a hill at Skyline Park, according to CalFire.

The woman, who is in her 60s, fell at 12:42 p.m. after her horse was spooked on at steep trail, CalFire Capt. Warren Parrish said. The other ride who was with her said she lost consciousness and was disoriented, Parrish said.

The firefighters hiked about a mile to the grassy area where the woman was, guided by a CHP helicopter that had spotted the woman, Parrish explained.

The woman was hoisted into the helicopter and airlifted out as a precaution, Parrish said.

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  1. King Julian
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    King Julian - April 28, 2012 5:52 am
    Thats why horses should only be allowed on the Lake Marie trail. Wait, see how dangerous horses are, they shouldn't be allowed at all into the park. Think about the potential lawsuit, she fell and she couldn't get up. Hope she is OK, but horse riders have been putting down mountain bike riders up there for ever...stating how unsafe we are and how much we damage the trails. Now they are going to have to grade and pave all the trails so that a fire truck can get everywhere up there.
  2. WYN007
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    WYN007 - April 28, 2012 10:59 am
    I live at Skyline Apts and heard the rider getting airlifted. Hope shes ok, and hope the horse is to.
  3. reason-ator
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    reason-ator - April 28, 2012 12:58 pm
    King Julian said: " riders have been putting down mountain bike riders up there for ever...stating how unsafe we are and how much we damage the trails...."

    So why attempt to escalate the bad feelings at a time such as this ?

    I would normally have your back, even though I am unable to ride anymore. While I never rode much at Skyline (pretty small and tame), I've ridden a bike thousands of miles on trails open to horses, and, yeah, some of them can feel pretty entitled.

    But I've been pretty horrified and ashamed at some of the things mountain-bikers have done around horses, also. When they have an attitude, they're going to be less considerate. Granted, perhaps some of those horses maybe shouldn't be there, but the fact is they ARE there and a good rider has enough control to quietly slow down and make sure it's safe to pass. Those guy are almost ten feet in the air with no brakes or an on/off switch, and they need a chance to train young horses about bikes.
  4. Local Yokel
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    Local Yokel - April 29, 2012 9:44 am
    Good comment reason-ator. I have often ridden horses in Skyline and have always experienced a feel good sharing attitude from all the other users of the trails. Maybe I am just lucky.

    Hikers also use the trails, and any reckless riding mountain biker could smash into one. Caution and moderation is the only way to go when SHARING the trails.

    I always move my horse off or over on the trail for other users, particularly hikers, and quickly get out of the way for bikers, and they have always been nice.

    Are we going to ban mountain bikes if one of them has an accident? Would the rescue be any different for a badly injured mountain biker?

    The bike riding community needs to polish up its attitude and manners both in parks and on the highway, courtesy is a two way street.
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