Mastectomy Survivor Crowned Champion of Recent Horse Race
Every equestrian’s dream is to be crowned champion while riding their faithful companion. Hillary Jean did just that at the Amateur Owner Hunter class at the Colorado Horse Park on July 6. The Castle Rock resident rode upon her horse “D’Amour” as she took a well deserved first place honor.
Her story is unlike any other. Jean faced difficulties throughout the year before she was crowned champion of the horse race. According to the Castle Rock News-Press article, Jean underwent months of aggressive chemotherapy treatments after a bilateral mastectomy. After months of treatments, medication and doctor appointments, she managed to focus her little bit of energy on her love, D’Amour.
“I felt that this horse was given to me from God,” she said in the recent article. “He couldn’t have created a more perfect horse for me.”
Delivering a perfect performance at the equestrian event, Jean and D’Amour are proud of their accomplishment. The pair truly deserved the trophy after all of the practice and focus they put into preparing for the competition. Even more astonishing, Jean found out after the competition that the mass on her kidney was benign.
Now, that her worst fears are gone, Jean is putting more energy into her horse. This is a beautiful story that does have a real happy ending for the winning pair.
“I’m just so grateful,” she said in the article. “I have a whole new appreciation to be able to compete.”