Back in the saddle: Jockey paralyzed in accident dreams of riding again

A Winnipeg jockey nearly killed in a horrific horse racing accident last summer now dreams of getting back in the saddle.

See Full Article

Alyssa Selman, 30, suffered a devastating spinal cord injury in June 2015 after her horse clipped another horse’s heels at Assiniboia Downs, launching her off her mount and into a barrage of thundering hooves.

Watching the accident unfold, Selman’s two young children initially believed that their mother was killed.

“The fact that they thought I was dead,” Selman told CTV Winnipeg, pausing to choke back tears. “That’s the biggest thing that gets me through – that I almost wasn’t.”

The accident left her paralyzed from the waist down with a tingling feeling in her lower body. Doctors say she has about a five per cent chance of walking again.

But while the accident may have reduced Selman’s mobility, it also revealed a tight network of supporters. More than $120,000 was raised to help the young mother move into a wheelchair-friendly home, complete with a wheel-in shower, low countertops and extra-wide doors.

Selman says she was blown away by the outpouring of kindness.

“I could not believe that that many people gave, that it got that big. You wouldn’t imagine that that many people would care that much and donate so much,” she said.

Her new home also comes with space for her beloved horses. The ultimate goal, Selman says, is to get back in the saddle and hit the trails with her kids.

“The big goal would be to ride again and maybe ride with my daughter… her and I could do some trail rides,” she said.

For now, Selman continues to adjust to her new life and learn how to live in a wheelchair. She says she’s conquered some initial fears, such as leaning over to pick things up.

”I’ve realized now that these things are not that hard,” she said.

With files from CTV Winnipeg



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • CRTC shuts down Sugar Mobile in big victory for Rogers, Big 3

    Canada News CBC News
    The CRTC has ordered Sugar Mobile, an upstart provider offering wireless plans for as little as $19 a month, to shut down within 50 days, in a big win for Rogers and the Big 3 telcos. Source
  • Trump hits reset button with Congress speech [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    It was billed as U.S. President Donald Trump’s chance to hit the reset button on a tumultuous first five weeks in the Oval Office — via the biggest speech he had yet to give. A speech to the joint houses of Congress, his first. Source
  • Swastikas found in Ontario university classroom; police investigating

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Police are investigating after swastikas were found in a classroom at an Ontario university. York University says "hate graffiti" and an anti-Semitic statement was found in a classroom at its north Toronto campus on Monday. Source
  • Anders Behring Breivik's rights not violated by prison isolation, court rules

    World News CTV News
    COPENHAGEN -- Norway did not violate the human rights of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik by isolating him in jail, an appeals court ruled Wednesday, overturning a lower court ruling from last year. The Borgarting Court of Appeal says Breivik, serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage, "has not been subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment," adding the conditions for his incarceration were "not in violation" of the European Convention…
  • 'Most Presidential': Trump sheds the gloom, promises spiritual renewal

    World News CBC News
    Take note, historians: It took just over a month to go from "American carnage" to a full-blown "renewal of the American spirit." The two phrases from major political addresses by U.S. President Donald Trump bookended the first 40 days of his presidency — the former colouring his inauguration day depiction of a nation in shambles, the latter delivered Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress. Source
  • French presidential hopeful vows to fight on amid deepening fraud scandal

    World News CBC News
    Conservative Francois Fillon promised on Wednesday to fight "to the end" in France's presidential election despite a deepening investigation into a financial scandal, but his campaign suffered a new blow as a top aide resigned. The former prime minister revealed that investigating magistrates had summoned him to appear before them on March 15 to be placed under formal investigation over allegations that he paid his wife hundreds of thousands of euros of public money to do very little…
  • Records reveal Antarctica hit record temperature of 17.5 C

    World News CBC News
    An Argentine research base near the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula has set a heat record at a balmy 17.5 C, the U.N. weather agency said on Wednesday. The Experanza base set the high on March 24, 2015, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said after reviewing data around Antarctica to set benchmarks to help track future global warming and natural variations. Source
  • Bank of Canada holds key interest rate steady at 0.5%

    Canada News CBC News
    The Bank of Canada has decided to keep its trend-setting interest rate steady at 0.5 per cent on Wednesday. The central bank, led by governor Stephen Poloz, elected to neither raise nor lower its target for the overnight rate, citing "significant uncertainties" weighing on the outlook for Canada's economy. Source
  • Uber CEO Travis Kalanick filmed arguing with driver: 'Some people don't like to take responsibility for their s---'

    World News Toronto Sun
    LONDON - Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has apologized after a video of him arguing with a driver surfaced online. Kalanick says he needs leadership help after the video of him arguing with a driver about fares emerged. Source
  • 'Like time froze' at bloody house of missing French family

    World News CTV News
    PARIS -- Forensics officers locked down a neighbourhood in western France on Wednesday, searching for traces of a family that disappeared, leaving behind a bloody cellphone, stripped beds and a home where "time froze." Down to the missing computers and the hasty attempts to scrub away DNA evidence, the disappearance of the Troadec family had eerie echoes from the past. Source