Cherokee County

Family organizes races in honor of daughter who died in freak accident at rodeo event

CANTON, Ga — The family of a 20-year-old woman who died in a horse accident is organizing a memorial race in her honor.

Breanna Chadwick, who lived in Canton, was at a rodeo event in Chatsworth that was held by the Murray County Saddle Club in July 2022. The fire department told the Dalton Daily Citizen that a horse plowed into a gate in the arena and the gate hit Chadwick. She was taken to a Chattanooga hospital, where she died.

The race, called “Bree’s Miles of Memories,” will take place on Jan. 21 at Etowah River Park in Canton and is inspired by Chadwick’s love of running.

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Chadwick was a student at Reinhardt University and was studying to be a third-grade teacher, according to the family-placed obituary.

“You could always find her at Chick-fil-A getting a lemonade or at Bruster’s getting a single scoop of birthday cake ice cream. She loved the color teal, her jeep, Lily, and Peanut, but most of all she loved her family and friends,” the family wrote.


The event is sponsored by The Breanna Leigh Chadwick Memorial Foundation, Breanna’s family and friends, and is expected to be an annual event.

The race will have a Flat & Fast Certified Course, awards for overalls and 5-year age groups, a long sleeve race shirt, a $500 award to the team with the most registered runners, and more.

You can sign up or learn more about the race here.

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