To those I know and those I have not yet met:
On Wednesday, April 12th, 2012 eleven of the most wonderful horses in our industry lost their lives in a fire:
Affire Dance owned by Richard Wright and bred by Pat Kennedy
BA Bask N Fame owned by Jan and Vince Treibachs
CSP Red Hot owned by Susan Reimer Scott and Bill Scott
Dancing in the Dark and Delphie owned by Marilyn Cones
Fire When Redi owned by Jeri Warriner, and Gene and Donna Warriner
Huckabye Baby owned by Gay Jeanne Bower
SF Total Recall owned by Mackenzie Mullis
SH Mmoon Shadow owned by Ralph and Midge Lindblom
Shezaladi owned by Richard Wright and bred by Shelly Marcus
Whispered Kisses owned by Ralph and Midge Lindblom
The helplessness of watching something like this happen is beyond words, but this post is an effort in some small way to express my gratitude to all of you who have made me feel less lost and more humbled.
Please keep Ralph and Midge Lindblom, the owners of the barn, in your prayers as they feel for the loss of not just their own horses, but for all the horses under their care. For those of us who feel that the next generation is lost, Mackenzie Mullis was one of the first to help me care for the remaining five horses and show me the meaning of grace, even while dealing with the loss of her beloved Total Recall.
Rich and Geri Mullis have kindly taken us in and, for the moment, we will be working horses there. Jim Kellogg and Doreen Anderson are helping me coordinate the logistics of rebuilding the stable and the lost supplies and equipment.
Please accept my thanks for the uncountable kindnesses that I have been shown and be assured that I will attempt to pass that along in kind.
Life has shown itself to be amazingly cruel, but thanks to all of you, unbelievably kind.
Come along for the ride!!!
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