Washington Vet Wins White Horse Award

Dr. Michael Mason to receive award on October 31 in California.

September 28, 2013

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America is pleased to announce that this year’s White Horse Award recipient is Dr. Michael Mason, DVM, of Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington.

On the morning of June 27, 2013, the 78-year-old Dr. Mason heard the call on his radio that a rider was thrown from his horse and that the horse was loose on the track. Being in close vicinity to the gap gate, he immediately noticed that it was not closed. At great risk for his own safety, Dr. Mason rushed to secure the gate before the horse could escape to the backside, being careful to still allow horsemen to exit to avoid potential injury by a loose horse.

The horse, however, plowed into the gap gate throwing Dr. Mason back and rendering him unconscious. He was evacuated to a trauma center where he remained in a coma for five days. After awakening from his coma, he spent nearly six weeks in the hospital undergoing rehabilitation.

Today, Dr. Mason is at home continuing his recovery and making plans to attend the White Horse Award Luncheon on October 31, 2013, which will take place at The Derby restaurant in Arcadia, California. He has no regrets and felt he did what was needed to save precious lives.

The White Horse Award Luncheon will include a lunch prepared by The Derby restaurant’s award-winning chefs. In addition to the White Horse Award, a Community Service Award and Tribute of Excellence Award will be presented.

For more information and to register for the luncheon, click here.