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Hastings-based trainer Melanie Walters died Thursday as a result of injuries received in a training accident at her parent’s farm in Langley, British Columbia.
Walters, 37, was coming off a strong year at Hastings, where she finished in the top 10 in the trainer standings with 15 wins from 58 starts. It was Walters’s second year as a trainer. Her main client was her father, Dr. Ken Walters, a prominent horse owner at Hastings for many years.
Walters also exercised horses for trainer Dino Condilenios, who was the second-leading trainer at Hastings last year.
“Everyone in the backstretch at Hastings is in shock,” Condilenios said. “She was a great person. She would show up at my barn every day with a big smile. Everybody here loved her.”
Walters is survived by two young children, Caden, 7, and Laurel, 8

Laura Balisky is asking for your help with “In Loving memory of Melanie Walters”.
The equestrian community has lost a   wonderful woman, amazingly talented horsewoman and loving Mother. Melanie's beautiful spirit and smile would light up the room. She will never be forgotten, her legacy is carried forward by her two children. Your donations will be held in trust for Laurel and Caden's education and future.