CHRISTMAS was far from Merry for one of Victoria’s most successful reinswomen.
Following a ‘freak accident’ at Tabcorp Park Melton on Christmas Eve, Jodi Quinlan has spent the last 48 hours in hospital.
Quinlan was leading a runner from her stable and a sulky into the venue when the horse took fright and lashed out.
Receiving a severe kick to the side, Quinlan was taken to hospital where examinations revealed she had a laceration to the kidney and three fractures on the side of her spine.
“The horse got a fright and pushed her into the shaft,” Quinlan’s partner Craig Demmler explained. “The shaft then got him in the guts so kicked her and got her in the kidney.
“It was touch and go whether she would need an operation on the kidney, but the doctors are happy that it will heal itself.
“She is also lucky the fractures didn’t slice her spinal cord as she would’ve been a paraplegic.”
Due to spend a “few more days” in hospital, Quinlan will be sidelined for up to three months.
“Thankfully she won’t have to have any operations and it will be a time thing,” Demmler said. “She will be out of action for about three months.
“About six weeks for the kidney, but longer for the fractures.
“We can’t thank everyone enough for the support and well wishes she has had as it’s been amazing and just shows what a tight-knit community harness racing is.”