January 11, 2012 19:22
Wednesday afternoon, long time Arabian horsemen Gordon and Sandy Hester of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada were dealt a devastating blow when a prairie fire, fueled by hurricane force winds topping 75km, raced through their property destroying virtually the entire farm with the exception of the house. Thanks to early-enough warnings and the assistance of a tight-knit farming community, they were able to move 55 horses out ahead of the blaze, along with their dogs, but lost virtually everything else to the fast moving blaze, including tack, farm equipment, medications and feed.
Sandy, Gord, and Brady are long-time Arabian breeders, trainers and owners, and well known faces in the working western divisions. They run a family business out of their Alberta farm that includes breeding Jack Russell Terriers and Bernese Mountain Dogs, as well as many notable Arabian horses. They stand a number of stallions, including SR Delta Force, US National Champion Work Cow Futurity horse, and have been mainstays of the Arabian industry for many years.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to assist the Hesters, you can go on-line to make a secure donation through paypal to www.horsemensdistressfund, or you can send a check to The Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, 236 Henry Sanford Road, Bridgewater, CT 06752, along with a note to earmark the funds to assist the Hesters.
reprinted from www.horsemensdistressfund.com