MONIQUE Snowden, a 37-year-old trainer from Snohomish near Washington, USA, committed suicide just hours after her promising two-year-old The Chilli Man broke down at Emerald Downs Racecourse and was euthanized on Sunday.
Snowden is believed to have jumped off a bridge into the Green River, and her pick-up truck was found nearby. A positive identification had been made by her husband Dennis Snowden, who is an assistant trainer at Emerald Downs. The couple did not have children.
Snowden saddled her first horse in 2009 and has won 31 of 193 career starts, with 32 seconds and 30 thirds. She was recognized with a Special Racetrack Achievement Award from the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association last year for compiling a record of seven wins, five seconds and four thirds from 25 starts in 2014.
“I am speechless and heartbroken trying to absorb the reality of Monique’s death,” a friend, Angela Powell, posted on Facebook. “In the countless hours spent working beside her the passion and love she had for her horses could never be questioned.”