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Dr. Elaine Carpenter Service Oct 13th

 | Published on 9/9/2018
A graduate from Colorado State University in Equine Surgery, Elaine was known around the state as the Equine Lameness Specialist. Working as a Surgeon with Chaparral Veterinary clinic, Cave Creek Equine Surgical Center and Southwest Equine, Elaine never refused to help a horse in need. With her pilot’s license, Elaine flew across the state to treat horses in all four corners of Arizona.
     When she was not working as a surgeon, she would spend her evenings teaching Equine Anatomy and mentoring students. Always the teacher, Elaine would never turn down an opportunity to share her knowledge. Whether in the operating room, in a lab or at a barn, Elaine often had students by her side, a smile on her face and a thumbs up for a job well done. When she wasn’t helping horses or students, she was living life to the fullest. Rock climbing, flying, and motorcycle racing were just some of the adventures that awaited her on the weekends. Colleagues, friends and students from across the country would follow her adventures online, living vicariously through her.
     One of her proudest moments came in 2016 when she made the television show American Ninja Warrior. Despite not making it up the warped wall, she was thrilled to be part of the show. After shoulder surgery, she trained even harder and was looking forward to competing on the 2018 show. Her loss has echoed across the hearts of all her knew her and left a hole in the SCC and Equine communities. Her infectious smile and love of life will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known her.
     Elaine’s family would like to invite her friends and students to a public service on Saturday, October 13, at 10:30 a.m. at CCV Scottsdale, 19030 N Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ. There will be a reception immediately following the service.