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Debbie Atkinson Update
Centreville, MD, USA
The American Horse Trials Foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations in support fundraising efforts for AHTF-sponsored event rider and trainer Debbie Atkinson, who sustained severe injuries in a fall at the Bluegrass Classic Horse Trials at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington in August.  

Debbie sustained severe damage to her neck and spinal cord when she fell from Melancholy Blues at a fence on the intermediate horse trials cross-country course. The horse was unhurt and the fence caused no other incidents.

Debbie is aware and alert and has her family and close friends around her at the UK Medical Center Trauma ICU in Lexington, Kentucky. Her doctors and family are making plans to transfer her to the Shepherd Center, a spinal cord rehab facility in Atlanta, Georgia when she is ready.

The American Horse Trials Foundation is a non-profit corporation established to assist event riders and organizers in raising tax-deductible financial support, usually for national and international competition.  Since its inception in 1987 the American Horse Trials Foundation has distributed over $13 million directly to equestrian athletes and competition organizers for competitive activities.  At this time only eight percent of each contribution is deducted for administrative expenses.

According to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, all contributions are deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.  Donations should be directed to the American Horse Trials Foundation, Inc., not to the beneficiary. Therefore, do not write Debbie's name on the check, but you may enclose a note indicating that you want your funds earmarked for Debbie.

For more information, you may contact the Foundation directly:

American Horse Trials Foundation, Inc.
221 Grove Cove Road
Centreville, MD  21617

Reminder:  The AHTF cannot accept earmarked donations.  To avoid having donation checks returned to the donors to be reissued, donors should not write Debbie's name on their checks.

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