Washington HBPA Sets Up Fundraising Effort For Jockey Nikeela Black

In an effort to show both monetary and emotional support to Jockey Nikeela Black Abrams, the Washington HBPA has organized a fundraiser to assist with her recovery. The veteran rider is recovering from injuries she sustained in a spill at the Eastern Idaho Fair at Blackfoot, Idaho. She last rode at Emerald Downs on August 26, 2018, about a week before her accident.

There are several ways Emerald Downs horsemen owners and fans can help Nikeela.  A card for everyone to send get well wishes will be in the Quarter Chute Cafe this weekend  There will also be a place to drop cash donations.  In addition, we have set up an account with the National HBPA Foundation.  Tax Deductible donations can be made to the National HBPA Foundation earmarked for Nikeela Black Abrams online at: https://nationalhbpa.com/donate/

You may also leave checks made out to National HBPA Foundation in the Quarter Chute Cafe or at the WHBPA office located in the WTBOA Breeder’s Pavilion office. Make sure to write Nikeela on your check.

According to a GoFundMe account, set up by Nikeela’s sister, Black Abrams sustained severe spine injuries which left her paralyzed from the ribs down. Her secondary injuries included facial lacerations and a collapsed lung. 

Luckily Black didn’t sustain any head trauma and is able to talk and move her arms, but doctors say it will be a long road to recovery. Black posted this update Sunday on her condition and latest developments:

“Today was another great day for the books. I was able to do some great PT work including being able to transfer from my bed into a wheelchair for the first time and I took a little tour of the wing including spending some time out on the terrace overlooking the city. I continue to be impressed with the level of care and compassion everyone shows and enjoy reading all of your comments and texts, as well as the phone calls and visits. It sounds like Craig Hospital from Colorado will be coming to do an assessment for rehab on Monday. I am hopeful to get accepted into their program and transfer there next week. My heart has been touched by the generosity shown by all. As always, thank you for your prayers and thoughts!”

Black has been a jockey for nearly 15 years, and her husband Lee Abrams says his wife has taken a couple falls before but nothing as serious as what happened this past Sunday.

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