News has spread rapidly in the Flamborough horse community about horsewoman Elyse Leduc, who was seriously injured in a horrific car accident on Jan. 27 on the snow-covered northbound lanes of the Highway 6 in Waterdown, ON.
In response to the tragedy, EquineLUX is supporting Leduc by donating 20 per cent of sales from its innovative English saddle pads and sheepskin half-pads with pockets.
It took over 30 minutes for the emergency crews to get 22-year-old Leduc out of her car following the head-on collision. She was then transported to the Hamilton General Hospital where a team of doctors, nurses and specialists attended to her life-threatening injuries. Despite both of her arms and legs fractured, a number of broken ribs, ruptured kidney and collapsed lung, Leduc is expected to survive, but it could take over 12 months for her to fully recover.
“We at EquineLUX are eager to help Elyse as much as we can at the time,” said Max McArrow, owner of the EquineLUX. “Twenty per cent of the EquineLUX sales will go directly to Elyse for covering her personal and equestrian expenses while she is at the hospital. Participating customers must enter the special code “SUPPORT ELYSE” when purchasing any full-priced EquineLUX product. For instance, for every sale of a $145 saddle pad, a total of $29 will be transferred to Elyse.”
He continues, “We also contributing a ComfortLUX non-slip half-pad with sheepskin lining, front/rear trim, and pockets for shock-reducing shims for the Auction For Elyse Leduc. This half-pad has been signed by Brianne Goutal, one of the Top 10 Rolex/USEF Show Jumpers. It can become a very special gift for either an amateur or a professional rider.”
Leduc’s friends, Tiffany Stein and Alyssa Patcheson, created a Facebook group called “Speedy Recovery for Elyse Leduc” and have already begun to collect donations for an auction for Leduc. Equine artwork and photographs, equestrian memorabilia and collectibles, new and used horse tack and accessories, clothing, etc. are greatly appreciated to help pay for the care of Leduc’s horses.
“In the hospital, all Elyse has been asking about is her horses,” said Patcheson. “Prada and Peanut mean everything to her. These horses are her passion and life. But now Elyse is unable to take care of them. That’s when she needs a little help from her friends.”
The Auction For Elyse Leduc will be held on from March 1-7, 2014. For more information and bidder forms, please, contact Tiffany Stein at 289-440-3555 or Alyssa at 289-208-3203, or send them a message through Facebook.
The “Elyse Leduc Support Sales” will begin Monday, Feb. 10 and run through March 7, 2014 on the official EquineLUX website, www.EquineLUX.com.