Canadian Selena O'Hanlon wins Dutta Fair Hill 3*, Kevin Keene Leading 2* Amateur
- By SARA CAVANAGH
FAIR HILL Md.--Selena O'Hanlon of Canada finished first in the dressage phase of the Dutta Fair Hill CCI3*, Oct. 12-15, dropped to second with 1.6 time faults cross country and rose back to the top with a clean show jumping round to win the International 3*, while Will Coleman of Gordonsville, Va., on Tight Lines, second in the International 3*, was the National 3* Eventing Champion.
But the most amazing accomplishment and perhaps the biggest victory was that of Dr. Kevin Keene of Cochranville, Pa., who at 63 has fought his way back from devastating injuries suffered two years ago to ride his Sportsfield Candy to finish eighth on his dressage score of 54.1 and to be the Leading Amateur Rider in the 2* division.
"Exactly two years and a month ago, I broke my pelvis in three places, broke my back and my hip and broke my scapula down the middle," said Dr. Keene, a top veterinarian who not only cares for many other eventing horses but for years has been the chief vet for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. "I couldn't walk for five months."
Dr. Keene was riding a horse that he had bought for resale for the first time, and he was in an indoor arena.
The Horse saw himself in a mirror and wheeled and galloped off at full speed, dropping Dr. Keene to land hard on his back.
Despite those horrific injuries, Dr. Keene hardly missed a day of veterinary work while fighting to regain his strength and fitness.
"I'm over 60, but I was determined not to let that be an impediment to my competing," said Dr. Keene, who took over Dr. Danny Marks veterinary practice over 30 years ago and inherited many of Marks' clients, including Sheppard.