Mounted Posse Member Killed at Parade

Diana Cavender

Lakeside, CA – The Escondido Mounted Posse and the larger equestrian community of southern California is mourning the loss of Diana Cavender.  Cavender was an expert horse trainer and a 6 year veteran of the Escondido Mounted Posse.  She is remembered by those who know her for her exceptional horsemanship skills. Diana Cavender “Three things I will always remember about Diana: She was a devout Christian lady, she loved God and loved everybody else; she was a loving wife; and she was an expert horsewoman,” Escondido Mounted Posse Captain Al Pfeltz said. “She loved horses. She had 17 of them.”

The accident occurred when the Posse was returning to the staging area from the Lakeside Western Days Parade.  Something spooked Cavender’s horse, causing it to rear and spin.  As Cavender struggled to control her horse, the hooves slipped on the pavement and it fell on its right side, taking Diana to the ground.  The fall caused Cavender’s head to whip into the pavement.  Diana’s husband was riding near her and tended to her until medics arrived.

Medics rushed Cavender to the hospital, but the best efforts of the medical team proved unsuccessful and 6 hours later she was pronounced dead from the brain injury.  From the photos of the parade it does not appear that Cavender was wearing a helmet.

Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773


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