Horse Accident, Women died from head injuries
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#1 Jan 18, 2010
With her 13-year-old daughter trying to stop the terrifying events, a Brookfield woman died after something spooked her horse and it took off with her foot still entangled.
Kaye Gibowski, 43, who was at Fox Creek Farms in Menomonee Falls with her daughter on Sunday morning, died from the head injuries she suffered in the accident, the Waukesha County medical examiner's office reported Tuesday.
Gibowski's death leaves her daughter, Abby, orphaned less than three years after the death of her father, Thomas, of cancer in 2004. Abby has two stepsisters as well as uncles, aunts and grandparents.
"My niece is left with no parents at all," said Gibowski's brother, Ken Grasse of Colgate.
The family doesn't know yet what Kaye Gibowski's wishes were for Abby, but she is being cared for by relatives.
Another brother, Kurt Grasse of Newburg, said the family is rallying around the girl.
"Whatever is best for Abby, we'll do," he said.
The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. Sunday at Fox Creek Farms, W204-N8930 Lannon Road, Menomonee Falls, said police Lt. Kevin Von Bank. Gibowski was taken to Community Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Gibowski and her daughter board a horse at the farm.
Von Bank said the two were at the farm for about 45 minutes preparing to ride horses. Just as Kaye Gibowski was getting on her horse, a group of horses in a nearby corral was spooked by something, setting off a chain reaction that startled her horse.
The horse took off running with her foot caught, and she was dragged for a short distance. The woman's daughter went to try to help her mother and then went to find help.
Kaye Gibowski was not wearing a helmet.
Family was the most important part of Kaye Gibowski's life, said her sister in law, Linda Grasse of Newburg. Kaye Gibowski would save voicemail messages from her grandson, Mason Kelsey, for months so she could listen to them over and over, she said.
"She will be sorely missed," she said.
She remembers the time they went to a Garth Brooks concert in Milwaukee, and they were so excited and busy talking that Kaye Gibowski locked the keys in the car with it running. She didn't get upset about it or want them to miss the show, so she simply left the car and called her husband.
Linda Grasse said Kaye Gibowski loved to bargain shop, and she loved to spend time with her daughter riding horses.
Holly Gibowski, another sister-in-law, described Kaye as a devoted mother and proud grandmother.
"She was also so funny. There was never a dull moment when she was around," Holly Gibowski said.
In addition to her daughter and brothers, she is survived by stepdaughters Sherri Kelsey and Jennifer Armbruster, and her parents, Clarence and Marge Grasse, of Horicon and Arizona.
Mueller Funeral Home of Cedarburg is handling the arrangements, which are pending.
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