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Equestrian outfitting guide life-flighted after horse riding injury on Oregon coast

Rescue crews with the Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District load an injured equestrian onto a Life Flight helicopter at the Pacific City Airport on March 18th, 2024. (Photo Courtesy – Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District)

Pacific City, Ore. – A young woman with an equestrian outfitter company was airlifted by Life Flight Network following a reported horseback riding injury on Monday in the small town of Pacific City in Tillamook County.

According to HelenFay Maze, a spokesperson at the Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District, no additional information was immediately available as the crew handling the scene is now off duty for the next week.

While there was no information regarding any injury or rescue involving the horses, Maze did reveal that their agency is also trained in the Technical Large Animal Rescue offered by the Oregon Horse Council.

The NRFPD’s Facebook post reported a “horse riding accident” taking place at the Bob Straub State Park and the patient being transferred to Life Flight at the Pacific City State Airport.

Crews were assisted with ground transport to the airport by an ambulance from Adventist Health Tillamook.

A post made on Facebook by Morgan DeLain stated her sister is “currently stable at the hospital.” DeLain also thanked first responders.

Equestrian Media Group confirmed that DeLain is the sister of Mahaley “Mo” Rogers, 23, who is also listed as an owner of Mo’s Beach & Trail Rides.

Mahaley was one of several former employees of Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides, another Pacific City equestrian outfitter company facing ongoing allegations of horse neglect.

Rogers was one of multiple former employees and others who alleged a number of legal issues by the company and its owners last year.

The owners of Green Acres are embattled with state officials from numerous agencies on issues of illegal child labor and avoiding workers’ compensation insurance, resulting in a $119,000 fine late last year which is still unpaid.

Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor and Industries declined to provide records, citing exemptions to release due to an ongoing investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice into the company and its owners.

Equestrian Media Group could not determine if Rogers was injured while conducting equestrian outfitting for customers, an activity overseen by the Oregon State Marine Board through a licensing process.

Additional details regarding the accident were not immediately available. We will update this story if we learn more. Remember that we depend on reader tips in order to cover these breaking news stories.

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