HOUSTON -- Jeanine McMinn spent her life teaching people to ride, tragically it was a freak accident involving a horse that led to her death.

In Magnoila, the stables at McMinn Quarter Horses are quiet.

Something is missing, the cornerstone.

"Strength. She was the pillar," her husband Don McMinn said through tears.

McMinn and her husband started decades ago teaching kids about horses, "We always wanted kids to stay off the streets. So we did everything we could," Don recalled.

On Sunday McMinn and a half-dozen of her students and horses from Magnolia were in Waco competing in the National Barrel Racing Championships.

The family says it was a freak accident.

A horse ready to race somehow backed out of a stall and trampled McMinn.

She was rushed to the hospital,l but did not survive.

McMinn died doing what she loved and what she lived.

Her students have more buckles and saddles and victories than anybody can count, but that is not really the legacy that she leaves behind.

"It was for the kids, that is what it was for," her husband said.

Over the years they've taught more than a thousand youngsters, most are still riding and that is something that her daughters vow to carry on.

"She would want us all to run and to continue, that is every bit what she would want," said Tiffani Wooten, McMinn's daughter who still races professionally.

"My mom would be just a little embarrassed," Wooten says of the outpouring of support from here and around the country. "Like I told my dad she is just gonna have to deal with it right now 'cause she was loved by many."

Jeanine McMinn's legacy will ride on.

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