Amy Barrington Recovery Fund

For: Amy Barrington
Organizer: Friends & Family of Amy Barrington
$32,856
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 268 donors
65% Complete
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The Story

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give", Winston Churchill.

If Amy has touched your life in any way, you know that she is truly a living example of this quote. Stories of her warm smile, helping hands and generous heart are being shared all over Tryon Horse Country and far beyond as friends, colleagues and students, shake their head in disbelief and try to make sense of this shocking news. 


Amy suffered a traumatic brain injury on 9.4.13 while schooling a young horse in her own ring. Fortunately, she was found by a good friend who was able to quickly get assistance for her.  Amy received a severe blow to the left side of her head resulting in a skull fracture and subdural hematoma, a broken nose and fractured orbital.  She had surgery immediately to relieve the pressure on the brain and stop the bleeding.  Presently she is in ICU, heavily sedated, on a ventilator with very serious injuries. Doctors are impressed with how healthy and strong Amy is and they are doing all they can to help her brain heal but it is uncertain how long she will remain comatose...days, weeks or even longer.  It is hard to imagine the strength necessary for her husband and young son to sit helplessly by her side.


As you can imagine, Amy has a long road to recovery.  Friends are stepping in to run her barn and take care of her horses, which is wonderful and very appreciated but her financial needs are huge!  Her medical expenses are extraordinary and she and her husband won't be able to work for some time.  She has some coverage but many things are not covered and to offset the cost of medical expenses and all of the out of pocket expenses occurred by this tragedy we are asking for your help.  The family is applying for assistance programs but Amy's needs will require the help and support of many friends.  

In just 23 hours, 1,415 friends have LIKED Amy Barrington’s FB Recovery page. https://www.facebook.com/amybarringtonrecoveryHer family is appreciative of this outpouring of support. We know Amy has many friends, fans and students in the equestrian community and beyond. We are reaching out to you all to please help...every single donation, large or small, makes a big difference and increases the positive energy surrounding Amy and her family. If you have been a student of Amy’s consider donating the cost of a lesson or more. Whether you know Amy personally or not, we hope you will join us and become one of Amy's friends.  Help us get Amy back on course!!! 

We will keep you posted on her progress. Please give generously for Amy's Road to Recovery!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 17, 2013

Posted on September 17, 2013

Greg's update    9-16-13   

Day 13    THE DAY AMY SAW ME!

You know, I am sure that Amy has been aware that we have been with her all along, but today was different. She opened her eyes and followed us and caressed our hands with her left hand. She saw me, Ben and many of her best friends. She expressed emotion. It is evident that all the prayers, energy, karma and whatever it is that the animals send out, is bringing her back to us.

This is all very good news for Amy's progress and I am thrilled but I also was caught a bit off guard by some of the realities of the situation. For the first 12 days we watched her sleep looking relatively comfortable. Now that she is coming around she obviously feels pain at times, and as Ruth Ahearne put it, she looks like she's coming off a bad tequila drunk.

The necessary physical therapy looks uncomfortable and you want to help her but you know that they are competent. They sit her up and even helped her stand today but her body is certainly not up to it yet.

The exciting news is that we can take this progress to the Sheperd Center in Atlanta tomorrow. They are the best around at helping people in Amy's condition. I look forward to their help and direction.

Amy's brother Andy and neice Rachael just got in from Toronto to help out during this process. I better go pack. Yippikiyea

Posted on September 16, 2013

Posted on September 16, 2013

Greg's report Sunday 9-15-13

Sundays at the hospital [I've seen two of them now] seem to be a little kicked back. If something can get put off until Monday it is. I'm sure all the important stuff gets done but the docs are a little less available and planning something like Amy's trip to Atlanta ends up on the back burner.

I understand and I really am very happy overall with the care that they have given Amy but much of the information I would like to pass on to you, just simply wasn't available today. I hope to know much more tomorrow.

Amy is still using her left hand quite a lot. The nurses seemed to be happy with her temp. and it appears she will be stable enough to make the trip as soon as they are ready for her. There was a steady stream of visitors [Another Sunday phenomenon] and the hospital staff was patient with us even though we usually had more than the allowed 2 at a time.

I made 4 trips there myself today. Ben went early and late with two baseball games in between. I hope to have better information tomorrow about getting Amy set up at the Sheperd Center. We have Amy's brother Andy and his daughter Racheal coming from Toronto and her friend Hiedi from Appleton, all tomorrow. Looking forward to making plans to care for Amy the best way we can.....

Posted on September 16, 2013

Posted on September 16, 2013

Greg here for Saturday 9-14-13

Amy was good today. Still requiring some medication for fever but it was manageable. I guess the brain injury can cause the brain to heat up the body to fight a non-existant problem. They seem to think that is what is going on rather than an infection.

Amy was more purpousful with her movements today. she was rolling a roll of tape in her palm and at times would spin it on her index finger with her thumb. This is with her left hand. She is still very weak on her right side and is not opening her eyes. She squeezed our hands a few times today but wouldn't cooperate when the nurse asked us to demonstrate.

We are hoping Amy remains stable and that all the logistics work out for her to be transported to Sheperd Center Atlanta early next week.

Ben and I made a quick visit at 8:00, when they opened after doctors rounds, then it was off to coach Shane's who took him to a baseball tournament in Charlotte. I was in and out with the visiting hours and meet with our neighbor who is doing a newspaper article about Amy and her Tribe for several local papers. I picked Ben up at coach Shane's and made one last visit at about 9:00.

We were trying to estimate how many times in the last eleven days that we have climbed up those stairs to her sixth floor room. It must be well over 60 times. After the first day we have been using the stairs just for the exercise. It's a nice old granite stairway with what appears to be mahogany beautiful heavy hand rails. There are pictures on the wall showing that part of the building in the 1920s.

Ben plays again tomorrow, so the schedule will be similar again. Nancy at Tryon Riding and Hunt club gave me some wrist bands today, so Ben's entire team will be styl'n "Ride for Amy" bling tomorrow. It sounds like they need a little inspiration. Maybe that will do it. Kick on!

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