20-year-old Georgia woman dies after freak accident at horse-riding event

A 20-year-old Georgia woman was killed in a freak accident at a horse riding event on Friday, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.

Breanna Chadwick, who lived in Canton, was at a rodeo event in Chatsworth that was held by the Murray County Saddle Club over the weekend. The fire department told the Daily Citizen that a horse plowed into a gate in the arena and the gate hit Chadwick. She was taken to a Chattanooga hospital, where she died.

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“Lord, please pray for my sister, Breanna Chadwick. She has been in a horrible accident. We need all the prayers we can get for her. They air airlifting her to Erlanger Hospital and the doctors said to prepare for the worst,” her sister, Kirstin Chadwick, wrote on Facebook.


The Saddle Club said that after a lot of tears and heavy consideration, and after speaking with the family, they went on with the weekend’s events.


Chadwick was a student at Reinhardt University and was studying to be a third-grade teacher, according to the family-placed obituary.

“You could always find her at Chick-fil-A getting a lemonade or at Bruster’s getting a single scoop of birthday cake ice cream. She loved the color teal, her jeep, Lily, and Peanut, but most of all she loved her family and friends,” the family wrote.

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Funeral services for Chadwick are being held Wednesday in Canton.

According to Reinhardt College’s Price School of Education, Chadwick fulfilled her goal of helping people by being an organ donor.

Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Chadwick’s funeral expenses. The community has already raised more than $21,000, some of which will go towards creating a scholarship in Breanna’s name.