By American Farriers Journal Staff
Amarillo, Texas, farrier William Thomas Klebold passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, after an accidental drowning in Diamond Horseshoe Playa. He was 26.
The Amarillo Police Department dive team was called to the playa after a friend reported Klebold missing while horseback riding.
“An individual had been riding a horse around the perimeters or trails and the next thing he knew, the guy wasn’t there,” Amarillo Police Cpl. Jerry Neufeld told the Amarillo Globe-News. “He couldn’t find his friend. We searched out there and we did locate the horse in the water and were able to cut some strands of barbed wire to get the horse out.”
Amarillo firefighters found Klebold in about 15 feet of water and about 35 feet away from the shoreline.
“There is no sign of foul play and it appears to be a totally public accident,” Neufeld says.
Graveside services were conducted Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at Llano Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made at YouCaring, Compassionate Crowdfunding, in loving memory of William Klebold.