A local horse breeder practicing for a wagon train was killed Wednesday after she was thrown from the cart being pulled by her horse.
Donna Popovich-Miller, 54, was driving the single-axle cart on Beyers Lane at about 12:15 p.m. when the accident occurred, said Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Fevinger. She was reportedly training the horse to walk over plywood when it spooked, throwing her from the cart. Her husband reportedly heard the horse running away and found Popovich-Miller unconscious and not breathing in the driveway. She reportedly sustained head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Popovich-Miller owned Miller’s Cream Draft Horses, where she raised and bred American Cream Draft horses. According to her website, this breed is America’s only native draft horse breed.