02/14/2014 4:27PM

Hastings: Trainer Melanie Walters dies in training accident

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Hastings-based trainer Melanie Walters died Thursday as a result of injuries received in a training accident at her parent’s farm in Langley, British Columbia.

Walters, 37, was coming off a strong year at Hastings, where she finished in the top 10 in the trainer standings with 15 wins from 58 starts. It was Walters’s second year as a trainer. Her main client was her father, Dr. Ken Walters, a prominent horse owner at Hastings for many years.

Walters also exercised horses for trainer Dino Condilenios, who was the second-leading trainer at Hastings last year.

“Everyone in the backstretch at Hastings is in shock,” Condilenios said. “She was a great person. She would show up at my barn every day with a big smile. Everybody here loved her.”

Walters is survived by two young children, Caden, 7, and Laurel, 8

Griff Harland More than 1 year ago
"Just one more murder cover-up, and the season has to yet to begin?"
denali1 More than 1 year ago
May God bless the Walters family in this time of need.
Arnold Baxter More than 1 year ago
BC Local News Back Beloved Langley horsewoman killed in training accident By MONIQUE TAMMINGA February 17, 2014 · 4:27 PM 0 Comments Well-known Langley equestrienne Melanie Walters was killed on Thursday during a training mishap with a young horse. / FACEBOOK IMAGE Well-loved horse enthusiast Melanie Walters died Thursday as a result of injuries received in a training accident at her parents’ farm in Langley. It’s believed Walters was training a two-year-old when it accidentally flipped onto her. She died during surgery at hospital. Walters, 37, is survived by two young children, Caden, 7, and Laurel, 8. Walters’ friend and fellow jumper Laura Balisky started a fundraising page for Walters’ two young children at fundrazr.com. Already, more than $15,000 has been donated. “The equestrian community has lost a wonderful woman, amazingly talented horsewoman and loving mother. “Melanie’s beautiful spirit and smile would light up the room,” said Balisky in the fundraising comments. “She will never be forgotten, her legacy is carried forward by her two children.” Donations will be held in trust for Laurel and Caden’s education and future, she said. Walters was coming off a strong year at Hastings Race Park, where she finished in the top 10 in the trainer standings with 15 wins from 58 starts, according to reports in the Daily Racing Form. Her main client was her father, Dr. Ken Walters, a prominent horse owner at Hastings for many years. “This is a huge loss. She was one of the most sincere people I’ve ever met, a really great person,” said Carla Robin, vice-chair of the Langley Horse Federation, who watched Walters grow up. “She was famous in hunter jumper. She was a beautiful rider who was highly respected. My girls idolized her,” Robin said. “We have lost her too young.” Jane Tidball of Thunderbird Showpark, where Walters was heavily involved, is creating a memory book full of photos and memories of Walters to give to her two children. Friend Melissa Lowe (nee Schell) grew up with Walters and competed with her. “She touched a lot of lives and inspired a lot of riders,” said Lowe. “I was blessed to have her as a friend. My heart is breaking for her two beautiful children.”
nick More than 1 year ago
Thanks, Arnold. This is the information I wish I had been able to get from DRF.
Martha Cantarini More than 1 year ago
Thank you so much.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Shame. Seems like thier are a few deaths a year, none of which ever makes the mainstream news.
Holybull More than 1 year ago
Oh boy. This is always sad. Reminds me of Jeff Lukas' incident....
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Holybull More than 1 year ago
Please take your junk elsewhere....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here it is. https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/8hRL0 For those who wish to contribute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a fundraiser for her children online. Sorry I do not have the address at hand. This information has been available elsewhere online. I will try to locate the fundraiser and provide it here unless someone else beats me to it.
len giustino More than 1 year ago
nick that was right on , take a look at the books that they put out you can't even read the charts more typos and no one to talk to about it.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Prayers for the Children...
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I echo your sentiments Chad, and Prayers to all of her family and loved ones. I occasionally watched Hastings and was always on the "lookout" for her entries, wasn't unusual to get a square price, too. So very sad, RIP, dear girl...