dimecres, 4 de gener de 2012

Jessica Forsyth: The story of an Amazing rider.♥

Her name was Jessica Marie Forsyth. A name to know. A name to remember. A name wich passed to the history. But i'm going to start for the beginnig:

In the 8th of July of 1993, borned Jessica, daughter of Angela & Craig Forsyth. She borned on Roseville, California. She had an old brother Justin and a old half-sister Jenne. She grew up happy, and she was a very nice girl.♥

                                       Jessica was a totally animal lover, and she had many pets (Two dogs; Fox & Jewells, A bird: Pretty Boy and of course Boomer) (I talk about them later). Her dad in his blog talked about her special understanding with animals. (Her parents blog is missed).
She liked sports too; liked to do snowboard, swim, go on a bicicle... And she was very good in it. In summer, she loved to swim and jumping in the pool. She was all the time in the air!
When she was around the 12 (In 2005), she was cheer in the High School. And she did incredible jumps! (There's two videos about it, but i'm not going to put it here cause are not mine, are from her parents and i haven't got permission, but believe me: the videos are totally amazing).
When Jessica was 10, she discovered something she started to love: Horse riding. She started to ride at Gibson ranch (At sacramento) doing trail rides and summer camps with friends. And she was very very good at it. Later, she started to take lessons in January 2004 (11 years old) in other two ranches: MAW and Shandoni Ranch (owned by Doreen, Jenne's Grandmother). She began to take jumping lessons.
One day, her parents would gave her a special surprise. It was Boomer, the horse of her dreams. And haved passed years and.. Jessica & Boomer had an AMAZING bond togheter. She said that Boomer was the most she loved in the world. She where always togheter, and when they where cantering was like if no one was there. Just Jess&Boomer.
In 2007, (She was 14 years old) Jessica created her You Tube Channel (JessBoomer). And she started to share her videos.
It was amazing to see they jump. She was the best. And she never gived up.. Just where following her dreams and when someone saw her jump, only just can say "Wow". She had a Myspace too with videos. She was really, really, really amazing.
She loooooved horses, loved Boomer, and loved jumping.
In her YouTube Accound, appears the videos, (in Shandoni, in MAW and in MRR).

MoonRock Ranch (MRR), is a ranch that where near from Jessica's house, and she worked there (Cleaning stables, feeding the horses) to pay for ride there. The owner of there was Brandi, (nice person). Jessica had there many friends. Specially Lauren and McKenna (Now they are 18 and in her birthay 19).
 In the pic, Boomer & Jess in the field.  ♥

She was all the time around the ranch "horsing" with her friends. Her friends loved horses too. Lauren has a horse called Red and Mckenna loved a horse called Rocki, but it wasn't her horse, just was a horse from the Ranch. You can see all they where doing in her YouTube. All that where doing was fun!
In this video are Jessica jumping with Boomer and Reggi (Reggi is not her horse, is a horse of the barn).

Jessica where amazing Jumping. One time, in a video, she jumped  Boomer without Saddle and Bridle! Just see that. 

She jumped anything. Like this picnic table:

Jessica was really amazing. ♥
But she had a special talent.
Jump. But wait, it was Horse Jumping, and Jumping barefoot! The video that i'm going to show now is about she jumping in the MoonRock Ranch with her friends. Looks like really amazing!

Jessica loved her horse Boomer, and she teached him to do tricks. Simile, Bowing, Kiss,.. And many more! Was incredible. She loved go to Folsom Lake and canter and jump there.

If you want to see videos about her, are in her you tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/jessboomer?blend=1&ob=4  There are 86 videos that she did.

Jessica had a special talent with horses. Some people said that she was might-horse! She was funny, smart, sweet and nice. Everyone loved her. She was an amazing person.
But here comes the tragedy... On 6th of February, she had an accident and we losted her. She was jumping Boomer at Shandoni Ranch, and an ordianry day passed to be a tragedy. She was only 14 years old..  Her parents said how she died, and it's very difficuld to read this without cry. But there is the letter (Down from the letter, i'll speak about now, after the accident). Is writed by her parents, but i think it's writed by Jess' mother.
Here it comes:

February 6, 2008:  Jessica had a minimum day at school and got out at 12:15 because of back to school night.  She wanted to go spend time with Boomer, so Craig took her to Shandoni at about 2:00.  She had emailed Jay (he is Doreen's husband who loved Jessica, she thought of him like a grandfather and good friend) the night before to see if she could come, he said "sure," that he would be home.  When they arrived Jay was trimming trees and doing work outside around the ranch.  Craig told her to call him when she was about done and he would pick her up.  After about 2 ½ hrs, Craig hadn't heard from her (not unusual, since she could spend hour upon hour playing with her beloved Boomer) so he left to go pick her up.  He called her a couple of times to let her know he was on his way, but she did not answer. He got to Shandoni at about 5:10 and Jay was outside mowing the lawns.  Craig asked where Jessica was and Jay said he thought she was out taking pictures of the horses because he thought he saw Boomer already put away in the pasture.  Craig called out for her, but she did not answer so he went to the tack room and found it was still open, so he knew she hadn't put Boomer away.  He then went to look for her and found her lying outside the arena, she was already gone. Boomer was not with her, the saddle was hanging on the fence, and he was later found outside his pasture about 300 yards from Jessica, wearing his bridle and dragging the broken reins.
Always documenting her life, Jessica did take 40 pictures and 6 videos that day, which have helped us figure out what could have happened.  The videos depict a completely ordinary day, fields were being mowed on the property, horses were running in the adjacent pasture and crop dusters were flying.  They had a fun afternoon, first jumping small jumps in the front arena, then playing in a partially flooded back arena, where Jess videoed Boomer free lunging, splashing through the water, galloping along the fence with stirrups flying, and racing horses in a nearby pasture, full of energy.  In one of the videos Jessica recorded, Boomer was galloping along the fence line with/watching five horses running in the adjacent pasture.  He ran into the arena corner very aggressively and stopped, then ran away from the corner and turned around and ran back into the corner again and stopped.  He kept this up hitting the fence making it shake.  We think Boomer wanted to go run with the other horses.  This is only important because this is where the accident occurred.  In the next clip, which happens to be Jessica's 2nd to last video, she was jumping Boomer bareback, over a branch she propped on the fence.  It was not more than 3' high at any point, about 12 feet long, not very wide in the middle, a bit wider on the far end where the leaves were.  Her first attempt was at the canter, he refused by shouldering out to the left and after a minute off-screen, they re-approached the branch, this time at a trot, and he popped over calmly and beautifully.  Her next couples of attempts were very nice canters over the branch back and forth.  The last video on her camera shows Jessica and Boomer walking away from the camera, moving the end of the branch up to the top rung of the arena fence, making the middle of the branch somewhat higher, maybe 3' 6" or so.  There is nothing after that, her battery probably ran out, so this is where we are left to sort out the details we know, and those we don't know.
This is where all the speculation starts… if she jumped the branch again safely she would have came back to the camera and noticed that it had stopped and she would have put new batteries in it (she always had extra charged batteries with her)
Jessica was found lying about 4 ft outside of the arena fence.  It is clear that they flipped over the fence and Boomer landed on her, (barely catching the top of her helmet as her face and rest of her body appeared unharmed) crushing her skull and breaking her neck. What we believe happened, based on all the evidence we have and on past history, is that Boomer became frightened or bolted after one of her jumps (something Jessica herself talks about in one of her YouTube videos "Why I don't release more" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zFxvnM4sHg where she shows that occasionally Boomer would bolt/run out after a jump), and in the struggle to stop, they flipped over the fence.  She had been taught, as many jumpers are, to use the arena fence to slow and eventually stop him.  It is clear from that video that it was a pretty dangerous situation.  It is pretty easy to see that a situation like this could lead to the accident:  Boomer not being able or willing to stop and in the struggle they flip over the fence;  Her being bareback and not having the leverage or security of the saddle to control him as precisely while he is panicking.  For those who have heard or told the stories about her possibly attempting to jump the arena fence, this is not a possible scenario.  In addition to the evidence above, Jess had bruises on both hands that indicate that she was pulling very hard on the reins for a time – not something that would be seen if she was attempting to jump a huge fence.  She landed quite close to the fence – whereas a failed jump attempt would very likely have propelled her body much further away from it.  Finally, when you add in the things we know about our daughter, the jump doesn't make sense.  We know she was very smart.  While she may also have been absolutely fearless as many young people are, she was careful and methodical in her jumping advancement as can be seen from the videos from that very day.  It is inconceivable to us that she would go from jumping 4' as her highest in a saddle and suddenly decide to jump more than 4' 6" bareback, with not enough distance to land on the other side, and the very clear danger of a high solid fence.  The direction they went over the fence there was a tree about 15ft in front of them and a wire fence about 3- 4ft behind the tree.  Let's not forget, her camera was not facing the accident area.  We all know that Jess loved to video everything, and she would have put those new batteries in and turned that camera for sure.  We have no doubt in our minds that she never would have tried jumping an arena fence, putting herself and Boomer in danger.  Anyone who thinks she would doesn't know Jessica!  We know in our hearts that Boomer didn't mean to hurt her, but we have also come to realize that this bolting problem was a bigger problem than we knew.  Even as he's being ridden now, without any jumping, it is a behavior that he sometimes falls into, and we are working to retrain him from it. 
There was no one in the arena to see what happened, however, she was not at the ranch alone, she has never been at any ranch riding alone.  Jay saw her riding throughout the few hours she was there and talked to her, they were going to go inside and put the videos on the computer as soon as he got done mowing the lawns.  We do know the accident happened sometime after 4:15 because her last text message was at4:15.  We don't believe that if anyone would have been standing right there, that the outcome would be any different.  We have come to realize that once things are in motion, there is often no stopping Boomer or any other horse for that matter.  Here is an example on Jess' Jumper/Boomer MySpace "My Standard Dismount"(http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=8583070) where it shows people in the arena with her when Boomer refused a jump and everyone was helpless, all they could do was watch.  We have had to learn the hard way how much of a "mind of their own" horses have and how helpless a rider can be, even one as talented as Jessica.
Of course this has been the worst tragedy we could ever imagine, we love and miss Jessica with all of our hearts, and we ache for her to be with us every day.  But we want you all to know that we are happy that we gave Jessica her life with her horse Boomer.  Sometimes we question that, of course we would trade anything to have her back.  But we also know that if it truly was her time to go, we know she died doing what she loved more than anything in this world.  She said that herself the day before the accident.  It is very possible that if we'd not given her that life with Boomer and God was going to take her from us anyway, then we might be grieving an even more senseless loss, like losing her to a car accident or disease.  We do find solace that she was so very happy and in love with Boomer, as her amazing smile shows in all of her photos.
Again, Thank You all for the outpouring of love and support you've all sent our way since Jessica was taken from us.  You have no idea how touching it is to see a heartfelt tribute video (there are so many) or comment made by a far-off friend, who was touched by the amazing girl Jessica was.  They are treasures we cherish every single day.  We hope you find this information helpful and thank you for your understanding that we waited so long to share our story.  The loss of our daughter is so immense that quite honestly it just took us this long to be able to face this part of the process. -----

After the accident:
Jess' parents keeped Boomer. (Before the accident, Boomer lived at Shandoni Ranch, and after the accident, Jess' parents would that Boomer lived at MoonRock Ranch). He's alive, of course. Now actually (2012), he's still living at MoonRock Ranch. Boomer is owned by Craig and Angela (Jess' Parents). Remember when i talked about Brandi, the owner of MoonRock Ranch? She's taking care from Boomer. No ones jumps Boomer now, just Brandi rides him some times and works with him to take the best of him. And about her parents.. Jess is now a big sister! In 2009 borned Olivia Marie Forsyth and in 2010 Jenessa Marie Johnson. (I don't know why they have differents surnames).
The loss of Jessica was very difficuld. More than 5.000 persons in the world, knows who was Jessica and are touched by this story. Many people saw her youtube's channel and started to cry for her.. Jessica always will be remembered.
Her parents and Brandi, decided to do a "Balloon Release" every year in Jess' birthay (8th of July). Every year Jess' family and friends, do that event.

About Balloon Release:
Like i said before, in Jess' birthday (8th of July), her parents, family and friends, do a Balloon Release. Lots of blue balloons go to the sky and go with Jessica. All the balloons are blue, 'cause blue was the favorite color of Jessica. In every balloon, there's a letter to Jess. (This is always in MRR, where is Boomer). 8th of July is a day to really remember, and every year sky is amazing that day.

About Boomer after the accident:
Brandi takes cares about him, and if you want to know about Boomer, Brandi writes about him every month and she send it to who suscribes here: http://moonrockranch.com/Jessica_Page.htm You just gotta to suscribe at Boomer's Mailing List. There's a MoonRock Ranch's YouTube Channel too: http://www.youtube.com/user/moonrockrancgh?feature=watch there's about MRR's horses (Jess ried all those horses: Simon, Red, Apache..) Here are a video that i made for Jess. I'll post down here, but here are the link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfqblvTCr3U  (And down there is the video too)

In YouTube, are millions of videos like mine, Many people did videos for her. Many people who loves here. I also ride and love horses, and Jess is a True inspiration. I Miss so much Jessica, she always had an amazing smile. I still can't believe she's really gone. Do you can imagine how hard would be this from Boomer or her parents? Now (2012) it's almost 4 years. Every year, month, day, hour, minute, second without her it's not the same. I'm sure that Boomer miss her and remember her every day. She lived every day of her life at the fullest. But.. If was her time to go, she died doing the most loved in the world with who most loved in the world. But she's gonna be always in out hearts. Never gonna forget you, Jess! All we miss you. In our hearts forever. R.I.P.♥♥♥♥♥

Here are some pictures and videos from Jess: (In YouTube are many more).

 Jessica and Jewells (Her dog)

(Jessica and Boomer)

(Jessica and Boomer)

(Jessica jumping Boomer)

(Jessica bowing with Boomer)

(Jessica smiling with Boomer)

(Jessica riding Boomer)

(Jessica jumping bareback Boomer)

(Jessica with Rocki)

(Jessica and Lauren)

(Jessica with Rocki)


(Jessica smiling with Boomer)

(Jessica doing "The scorpion" with Boomer)

(Jessica with Boomer)

Jessica and Boomer
#Smart #Beautyfull #Daughter #Sister #Friend #Lover #Amazing
"Why waste your short childfood trying to grow up?" - Jessica Marie Forsyth

Forever in our hearts.♥