Cowboys climb Kilimanjaro
This week a group of real Western cowboys climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. They trekked the Machame Route reaching the the 19,341 ft summit at 6:30AM on July 16, 2012. Dr. Joe Carter of Oklahoma Equine Hospital led the group and posted on Facebook, “I don’t know what motivates us to do things at times…And there are always reasons to put things off, but I would like to dedicate this climb to 2 of my colleagues, David McCarroll DVM and Van Snow DVM…”
Both Dr. McCarroll and Dr. Snow were well known equine veterinarians in the industry before meeting untimely deaths. McCarroll was the official vet of the AQHA World Show for several years and founded and owned Interstate Equine Services in Goldsby, Oklahoma which specialized in lameness and equine medicine. McCarroll uexpectedly passed away in May of 2012.
Dr. Van Snow resided in California and was killed in a plane crash in 2010 while flying alone practicing for an acrobatic flying competition. Snow founded Santa Lucia Farm in 1997, a veterinary clinic and breeding facility for horses in Santa Ynez, CA specializing in horse lameness and reproductive issues.
Dr. Carter went on to say in his is Facebook post that McCarroll and Snow “were transformational equine veterinarians that inspired me and and left this world before their time. Only the good die young.” He also wanted to dedicate the climb to his family members (several of whom accompanied him on the adventure). He profoundly closed the post from Ngorongoro, Tanzania, with, “When God opened a door for us we had the courage to walk through it.”
Way to go Dr. Carter and the rest of the cowboys that conquered Kilimanjaro!