Recently, Sunshine Coast Police and other emergency service workers rallied behind a special little girl to help brighten her day.
On July 14, 10-year-old Abbie was involved in a horse riding accident when she fell from her pony while competing in a District Pony Club Gymkhana in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley Region.
Abbie suffered serious injuries from the fall and was initially unresponsive and not breathing and was treated by two of the parents at the event who were off-duty paramedics.
They managed to revive her before she was airlifted for further medical care.
Abbie is now facing many months in hospital and perhaps years of rehabilitation.
Abbie’s parents’ mission is to get their daughter home, but that will take time and cost a significant amount of money.
Policy dictates that a patient on a home ventilation system can’t be more than 40km from the nearest hospital. Abbie’s house in Laidley in rural Queensland falls outside of that scope, and so relocating to Brisbane once she’s well enough to leave hospital looks inevitable for the time being.
Abbie’s parents hope to get her back to her home in Laidley one day, but until then will need to find a way to stay in Brisbane.
In support of Abbie, on October 8, Queensland Police Service and other emergency services took Abbie’s pony “Avalon Erain” affectionately called “Missy” by Abbie along to the QSuper Police and Emergency Service Games Equestrian competition where she competed in the showing and sporting events.
“Missy” was very successful, coming away with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals along with being awarded Reserve Champion Led Show Hunter Pony and Champion Ridden Show Hunter Pony.
Abbie was presented with her medals, ribbons and her Championship Horse rug recently at the Queensland Children’s hospital.
A big thank you to QSuper and QBank for sponsoring the 2019 QLD Police and Emergency Service Games.
Also thank you to Sunhill Bloodstock, Dunwood Stud, Champions Choice Browbands and Divine Horse wear for donating Abbie’s winning haul.
Many equestrian sporting clubs are holding “Riding for Abbie” events and a fundraising page has been established to help meet the mountain of costs for Abbie and her family.
You can follow Abbie’s progress and find a link to the page (Fight for Abbie) on Abbie’s Facebook page “Abigail Sweeper”.