Fair queen contestant survives being thrown from horse
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Fair queen contestant survives being thrown from horse

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UNION TOWNSHIP | Being thrown from -- and then stepped on -- by a horse won't stop Hannah Granzow from taking part in Friday's Porter County Fair Queen Contest -- even if she has to "bling-out a wheelchair."

Granzow, 17, returned home from the hospital Monday after the Saturday incident that threw her and her 18-month-old cousin, Elizabeth Cordio, from her 5-year-old Painted named Sarah.

Granzow was walking with crutches Monday afternoon but practicing how she'll walk at the pageant Friday night.

Granzow said that after walking alongside her horse while her young cousin rode alone Saturday, she decided to join her. The cousins were riding in Granzow's barn when the horse suddenly reared up.

"She just freaked out," Granzow said. "She went straight up. I started to grab the baby, put her to my chest, and I got her between me and the ground."

But hitting the ground wasn't the worst of it. The horse fell on top of Granzow, then stepped on her back when it got up.

Elizabeth was not hurt, said Granzow's mother, Shannan Granzow.

But her daughter wasn't so lucky.

Shannan Granzow wanted to call an ambulance, but Hannah insisted on getting up and having her mother drive her to the hospital.

The X-rays and CAT scans didn't show any damage, her mother said. But doctors still are evaluating Hannah's condition.

Neither know what happened to scare the horse.

And both agreed Sarah is a good horse and it was an isolated incident.

Mother and daughter have been around horses their entire lives.

Although Hannah Granzow won't be up for competing in the 4-H horse and pony competition this year, she promises not to miss the queen pageant Friday.

"I'm really sore," she said. "It's bearable. I'm trying to be up and active.

"I don't care if I have to bling-out a wheelchair -- I'm going to be up there (in the pageant)."

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