Schroon Lake A family tragedy has led a Schroon Lake woman to pen a book.
Randi (Vander Wiele) Stump has authored “The Dark Stretch: A Young Wife’s Miraculous Ride from Darkness to Light.”
The book tells the story of Randi and Graham Stump. Graham Stump was critically injured in a rodeo accident in 2010. The book details his recovery, the accident’s impact on his family and the support of the local community.
“We are not promised an easy life,” Randi Stump said. “In fact, the Bible tells us that life is going to be hard, with tough situations and decisions to make all the time. I want people to be encouraged by my story, that with Christ you can face these hard times, these storms in life, head on with his help. He will give you just the right amount of trust and faith to face that next terrifying minute that comes ticking your way. We just have to ask him.”
The book also discusses Randi’s life in Schroon Lake. Her family owns and operates Mountain Petroleum in Schroon Lake.
“I also talk about growing up in the Adirondacks...their beauty and the adventures I had as a child on horseback,” she said.
Randi, who holds a degree in equine science and management from SUNY-Morrisville, was leading the horsemanship program at Word of Life in 2010. Graham, also a horse enthusiast, assisted Randi with the weekly rodeo at Word of Life Ranch.
“On July 30, he (Graham) competed in a roping event, and after lassoing the steer, dallying off the rope to the horn of his saddle, his best horse, lost his footing and went down,” Randi recalled. “Both horse and rider slammed into the arena floor with Graham’s head taking the full force of the fall. He was knocked out immediately, his feet still secure in the stirrups.