Tina Snyder, her horse Baker Bean, and his rider, Tina Broos, 15, celebrate their win at his first horse trial at the Iron Bridge Hounds Pony Club at Avalon Farm in Sandy Spring, Maryland. http://ironbridgehounds.ponyclub.org/
Eighteen horses are impounded at a farm in Calvert County, Maryland. One of the horses, Baker Bean, is deemed the worst of all of them. His bones are protruding and he collapses at the scene. He is transported to Days End Horse Farm in Lisbon, Maryland with eight of the other horses. Case worker Pat Paytas says that this is the worst case she had ever seen in eighteen years. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/03/AR2006100301501.html
A horse trainer who is a friend of a friend asks Snyder to train her horses. Snyder hasn’t ridden a horse since her accident ten years earlier. She reluctantly agrees. This rekindles her love of caring for horses.
At the age of 18, Snyder is short-listed for the Montreal Olympics equestrian team. To pay for her training, she rides in benefit shows. At a show in Cape Cod, her horse’s legs buckle after jumping over an obstacle. She is pinned under the horse, whose back legs are stuck in the obstacle. She breaks her pelvis on both sides and shatters the knee cap on her left knee.