Rose displays plenty of courage
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
CONSIDERING that it was only three months ago that Shane Rose was on life support and placed in an induced coma, his effort to successfully defend his Coffs Harbour title on the weekend was a tale of extreme courage.
Rose's amazing story started in February when a horse that he was training at the time lashed out with its hind legs and kicked Rose with both feet in the jaw.
Rose was struck with such force that nearly every bone in his face was broken and the shoes that the horse was wearing actually came off.
"I was working with a racehorse that didn't want to go into the barriers and I was long reigning it," Rose said.
"I got a bit close when I followed her as she went forward.
"She stopped, moved back and then kicked out."
When Rose isn't winning titles around the country, he spends his time working at Werombi in Camden breaking in and pre-training racehorses for trainers including Gai Waterhouse, Clarry Connors and Matt Smith.
"I was placed in an induced coma for about a week, but spent a total of three weeks in hospital," he recalled.
"I've had nine plates in total inserted in my face and jaw bone."
While in hospital, Rose lost 10kg and even though he had a win on the weekend, still hasn't regained all his strength but says that he's not far away from it.
"My strength would be about 95 per cent back to what it was," he said.
"I was doing some riding about two to three weeks after I got out.
"I'd actually entered into two events before Coffs Harbour.
"I'm a pretty competitive person and I just wanted to get back into it."
According to Rose, despite the accident, he had always planned on coming to Coffs Harbour on the weekend to defend his title.
What he hadn't planned on was bringing up his winning mount for the weekend, All Luck.
"He was actually due to go to Queensland for an event there, but he bashed his leg in the yard, so I brought him to Coffs Harbour."
Rose is no stranger to winning elite events, having won Australia's top event, the Adelaide four star Three Day Event.
That victory was aboard another horse, but Rose believes that All Luck is an even better prospect in helping him reach his goal of Olympic selection.
"He had a pretty successful year last year then had a bit of a spell," he said.
To prove that Rose has put the incident behind him, he finished with a joke about the incident.
"All Luck got back into work, but then I had to have a bit of a spell."