A Memorial Service will be held at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, at the Whitney Wild Oak Ranch, 19262 Ave. 304, Exeter. A reception will follow, for Carrie Ellen Abbona, age 38, of Lindsay, who passed suddenly in the arms of her Lord and Savior, following injuries sustained while competing with her favorite horse Pic A Peppy Nic in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Non Pro Cow Work Preliminaries in Reno, Nevada.

Carrie was born on July 19, 1968, raised in Visalia and attended Visalia schools. Her lifelong love of horses, beginning with lead line classes at the age of 3 years, led to competing in the National Youth Quarter Horse Finals, Trail Division, in Oklahoma City, Okla., and more recently in NRCHA events. She worked with her parents and Flying U Rodeo Company in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and rode in the Grand Entry. Carrie was known affectionately as Cinderella Cowgirl, having designed a line of clothing and accessories which became popular on the show circuit. She was also known for breeding quality quarter horses.

Carrie is survived by her loving husband John and her two daughters, Adonas and Shelby Abbona of Lindsay; parents, Rich and Ellen Henderson of Visalia and David and Susan Haddock of Madera Ranchos; aunt, Jackie Huckaby and her husband Gary of Carmichael; uncle, Richard Haddock and his wife Patty of Oceanside; and aunt, Frani Irwin and her husband Larry of Auburn. Also mourning her loss are a brother, Andrew Haddock of Portland, Oregon and Amsterdam, Netherlands; and stepsisters, Kelli Eberlein of Fresno, Erin Eberlein-Sage and her husband Nick of Las Vegas, Nevada, Tracy Saunder and her husband Jerry of Visalia, Wendy Mathias and her husband Mike of Tulare, and Heidi Gonne and her husband Richard of Thousand Oaks. In addition to numerous cousins, Carrie is also survived by in-laws, Jim and Anne Abbona of Alta Loma; brother-in-law, Bobby Abbona; niece Lexi; sister-in-law, Arlene Tepper and her husband Jan; and niece Alyssa of Southern California. A host of friends, including close friend and trainer, Wayne Hinder, also mourn her loss.

Donations may be made to a youth memorial which has been established in Carrie's honor through the National Reined Cow Horse Foundation, or to a fund for her children, also in care of NRCHA at: NRCHA Office, 13181 US Highway 177, Byars, OK 74831, (580) 759-4949

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