Christi Brown, assistant professor of equestrian studies, 406.896.8019,
RMC Media Team, 406.657.1105,

RMC senior Sunni Hecht rehabilitating from critical Idaho ATV accident in May

BILLINGS, August 28, 2014 –The hearts of all Rocky Mountain College employees are with Sunni Hecht and her family. Hecht, who was entering her senior year at RMC, has a long road of recuperation ahead from critical injuries received in a May 2014 ATV accident in eastern Idaho.

Hecht’s family is with her at Craig Hospital, a traumatic brain injury specialty hospital, in Denver. Updates on Sunni’s journey are offered by her family at

Hecht came to RMC in 2011 as a freshman biology major competitive in equestrian events. Her parents, Don and Michelle Hecht of Lewistown, Mont., have brought up four children as riders who raise their own foals to maturity.

Sunni Hecht competed in high school four times in the AQHYA World Championships and then in AQHA regional events. Before she even entered RMC in 2011, she had surgery and months of recuperation when kicked by a horse, and then got right back into training and showing. 

“Since she was 8, she planned on riding, being a vet, going to Rocky,” said her IHSA coach Chris Brown. “Sunni was a 7- or 8-year-old when she started riding with us. It’s just a joy to have been part of her life. I have called her ‘Sunshine’ forever.”

As an RMC freshman, Hecht qualified for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Western Semi-National Show after taking second place at the Western Regionals hosted by RMC. 

Donations to assist the Hecht family and Sunni can be made to the account “Ride for Sunshine” at any Wells Fargo Bank. Friends and family organized a “Ride for Sunshine” horse show competition in Billings August 24 with all monies going to Sunni’s care.