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At the Illinois Walking Horse Association Fall Classic, Rodger Weaver was injured when he jumped over the rail to assist a young girl who had fallen from her horse. The exhibitor's horse had fallen on her leg and Weaver jumped over the rail to assist her. He fell and landed on his back where ambulance services administered medical care before transporting him to the hospital.

This is a letter that Walking Horse Report staff member Linda Scrivner received from Rodger Weaver on Wednesday December 14, 2005

Dear Linda,

I thought that I would give you an update on where I stand. I’ve been in the hospital for nine weeks and three surgeries. Enough is enough, and I’m going home Saturday morning, the 17th, I’ve taken all I can take.

What nobody knew, including myself, was that there was cancer wrapped around my second vertebrae. It was coincidental that it shattered at the Illinois Horse Show. It potentially could have shattered anywhere, but at least I was amongst friends.

There is only one thing that has me concerned with my condition of being paralyzed, that’s being able to put on our Spring Mid-American Charity Show in Jackson, MO, May 11, 12th and 13th, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s going to be a challenge for me to put this show on, but I have to do it for the kids.

I would love for the industry to support me, by either contributing or participating at my show. I have always tried to help the industry, now it’s time for me to ask the industry to help me to put on a good show to raise funds for the children at the hospital. We offer over $14,000.00 in prize money with a thousand dollar Stake Class and we have Rider Cup classes as well. I would appreciate anything that the industry can do to help our show to grow.

If you need any information, you can call me at 217-324-2287. My email address is and my home address is 118 West Lake Trail in Litchfield, IL 62056. Please don’t hesitate to call.



Rodger Weaver