Equestrian community gives to help Roanoke Valley farrier hurt in riding accident

Rex Brown

The Roanoke Valley equestrian community has been giving back to help one of their own after an accident in May left farrier and longtime 4-H volunteer Rex Brown unable to work.

Bowman was helping Roanoke 4-H Extension Agent Leslie Prillaman secure 4-H camp horses for the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center when the horse Brown was riding flipped over backward and landed on top of him. Brown suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung, broken vertebrae and a fractured foot.

A GoFundMe account has been created to help pay Brown’s bills for the many months he will be off work, and to help with his hospital bills. Prilliman wrote as part of the GoFundMe page, “This is a man that never asks for anything, but is ALWAYS the first to offer his help, his time, his wisdom, his humor, his resources.”

So far the GoFundMe account has raised almost $25,000.

On June 6, Prillaman wrote “Rex Update! Rex was at home today — and was getting his dog back this afternoon! He said is continuing to get stronger. He is so appreciative of the support he has received from friends-and wanted everyone know how thankful he is for all of the notes, calls and continued support.”


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