Ashley McBryde Opens Up About Near Fatal Horse Riding Accident: ‘It Was Pretty Bad’

Ashley McBryde get back on horseback! Well – at some point she plans to, anyway. The country star recently appeared on CBS Matineeswhere she opened up about her terrifying horse riding accident that nearly cost her her life.

Fans will recall that in the fall of 2021, McBryde revealed that she suffered injuries due to a fall from a courier. At the time, McBryde downplayed the seriousness of the incident, keeping some details secret. However, she wrote a fan note on Instagram, telling her followers that she had been riding on a mare named Jenny on a ranch in Montana. She and the horse crossed bridges and crossed water before the horse became “frightened”. That’s when McBryde says she lost control of her foot, was thrown off the horse and hit her head.

Ashley McBryde ‘recovering’ after riding accident

McBryde, who was in the middle of her headlining This Town Talks Tour, which was due to run until early 2022, was rushed to hospital. The accident forced her to postpone a handful of shows so she could receive the proper treatment and care she needed to recover from her injuries, including a concussion that required stitches. Additionally, the singer, who resumed touring sooner than expected, was unable to walk unaided.

Looking back, McBryde recalled the terrifying experience, telling the hosts of CBS Matinees the fall was “pretty bad” and it “required rescue measures”.

“We didn’t even know the extent of my injuries until all the footage came back a bit later,” McBryde explained. “Rescue measures have been taken.”

McBryde, who doesn’t consider herself inexperienced in riding, now hopes to get back in the saddle one day. For now, she’s re-developing a bond with the horse that bumped into her. McBryde recently returned to Missoula, Montana to visit Jenny.

“I have to go visit him last week. I thought it was to tell him I was fine. She doesn’t care if I’m okay, but it was to make sure I knew I was okay,” McBryde explained.

Along with Jenny, McBryde also stopped by to see the people – Bart, Wendy and Caroline – who cared for her after her accident.

“Watching the people who were there and helped save my life…watching them and knowing that they put breath in my lungs so I could live,” an emotional McBryde said, “And being able to watch them and say, ‘Thank you for saving my life.’ »

On a more positive note, McBryde received a special surprise while visiting the New York-based studio. She was joined by Garth Brooks, who connected via video chat. A teary-eyed Brooks appeared on the show to officially invite McBryde to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.

“I’m here for a proposal, Ms. Ashley,” Brooks said. “You know where we are. …I stand in the [Opry’s] circle of wood right now where you stand. Ms. Ashley McBryde, on behalf of the Opry and myself as a member of the Opry – I’m trying not to cry – we would like you to consider becoming the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.

“That would be the great joy and the great honor of my life. Thank you, Garth,” McBryde said through a stream of tears of joy.

McBryde is currently promoting his latest concept album titled, Ashley McBryde, Presents: Lindeville. The album, which features the likes of Brothers Osborne, Aaron Raitiere, Caylee Hammack and Brandy Clark, was released on September 30.

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Clyde P. Johnson