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Riders On The Mend

It has been 111 days since jockeys Scott Stevens, Paul Nolan and Don Proctor were injured in a multi-horse spill at Canterbury. Proctor returned to riding in August while Nolan and Stevens are still on the sidelines.

Nolan, a Bloomington resident, is undergoing additional therapy but intends to be back riding in the near future and here when our meet opens next May.

Stevens returned to Arizona in August. He too has been undergoing therapy. “There have been a few setbacks,” Stevens said. “I still don’t have any feeling in the little finger on my right hand. My chest is still numb.” Stevens broke several ribs and his sternum as well as puncturing both lungs in the July 2 accident. The Canterbury Hall of Famer is upbeat however. “My goal still is (to be back) the first of November.” Even if that goal is not attained he is certain to be in the saddle again at Canterbury. “I may try to get on a horse tomorrow to see what it feels like.”

Tad Leggett, four-time leading quarter horse rider at Canterbury, was also injured this summer while riding at Fair Meadows-Tulsa. Leggett suffered a cervical spine injury. He has been in a Colorado rehab center since July but will be released in five days. More information is available at Tad’s CaringBridge page at