Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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Obviously, he wised up. The couple will celebrate their 20th wedding anniver - sary this year, two days after Christmas. "It took me all of those years to realize she was the one I needed the whole time," Bean- blossom says. Painful reminders July 24, 2002. Nothing has been the same for Bean- blossom since that day at the La Porte (Ind.) County Fair. Beanblossom was there for a harness race, but Lisa was concerned be - fore it even began. "The track was bad to start with. They'd had a lot of rain. They were working on it by dragging bedsprings around the track," she says. "It seemed to me an accident was going to happen — it was just a matter of when." Her fears came true. In David's race on the limestone track, the horse of the driver in front of him tumbled, causing a chain reaction that launched Beanblossom out of his sulky (the two-wheel cart in which he sits directly behind the horse). He flew high into the air after his horse, Bubba Tubba, trampled the horse that had fallen. What happened next can be best de - scribed as violent pandemonium. Bean- blossom was thrown into a metal guardrail won more than $1 million from horses he trained. He eventually moved to New York to train horses at Yonkers Raceway, but he wasn't in his happy place. His second marriage — which included the birth of a daughter, Nicole — was ending in divorce. To find solace during those troubled times, the self-professed childhood book - worm (his favorite was "Barney Beagle") found himself at the library less and less, and at the bar more and more. He became a binge drinker. "Tequila. Chased it with beer. Not every night. But when I drank, as everything I did in life, whether it was training horses or being a golf course super - intendent, I always gave 120 percent. It was the same way with bad things. I didn't know how to quit," he says. Beanblossom moved back to Indiana in 1995, and started harness racing again. And, at a high school reunion, he recon - nected with Lisa, the sweetheart of his youth. "We had dated in high school, but it got way too serious. I needed to sow my wild oats," he says. Lisa, meanwhile, had an inkling that he was meant for her. "Even in junior high, I think I knew he was the one," she says. "He wrote me a love letter. It showed how much compassion he has, how caring he is." (for safety reasons, nowadays these are made of more flexible material), leaving blood trickling down his left ankle and ripping his black, size 9½ boots off his feet. Perhaps the most gruesome detail is that although he was lying on his back, Beanblossom's feet were twisted, facing the ground. "I have not seen feet facing the other way, but I have seen dislocated hips and knees facing the wrong way. Very sicken - ing," says Steve Wolf, a harness racing ex- pert who this month will be inducted into the national Harness Racing Hall of Fame. As people scrambled to aid Beanblos - som, another harness racer told Lisa, who had hurried to the scene from the opposite side of the track, that he thought her hus - band had died in the crash. "One of the guys said, 'Do you want me to call an ambulance?' I said, 'Yeah. He's not getting up,'" Lisa says. Even now, speak - ing about it is difficult for her. She pauses. Gets choked up. Beanblossom's brand-new Columbia blue, royal blue and bright gold one-piece racing uniform had been cut off his body by EMTs. The blunt force of the wreck had torn chunks out of his riding helmet. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors determined he had suffered a concussion, a 40 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 Although not the harness race in which David Beanblossom was injured, this photo presents the peril involved. This accident occurred in November 2016 at Northside Downs in North Sydney, Nova Scotia. All three horses suffered scrapes and abrasions. One driver suffered a fractured hip, broken ribs and broken collarbone; another broke ribs and had a broken vertebra in his back. The third driver suffered a concussion. Photo courtesy of Steve Wolf

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