The auction will be highlighted by an appearance on horseback by Birzer.Birzer landed on his neck in a two-horse spill last summer, breaking the vertebral bones in his neck and spinal column. He underwent stabilization surgery two days after injury at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital.Several months ago he moved back to Cincinnati with his wife, Amy, and young daughter, Robyn, to be close to her family and the Drake Center, a renowned rehabilitation facility.Despite being told he would never ride again, Birzer wanted to stay connected with horses. He contacted Thoroughbred trainer Dee Anderson who heads up the Winton Woods Riding Center in Cincinnati. With caution, patience, and great determination he has been riding with the help of an exclusive horse and special saddle designed by the school. For the first time, two weeks ago he went on a trail ride with the assistance of volunteers. Despite his current physical condition, Birzer has maintained a positive outlook toward life, his role as a father, and being able to keep his relationship with horses and the horse racing community.
Weather permitting, Birzer intends to ride in the paddock with the assistance of the staff from Winton Woods Riding Center on the day of his benefit. For more information or if you would like to donate an item of value for auction contact John Engelhardt (513) 354-8243 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations may be sent to River Downs Public Relations, 6301 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45230-0286.