The Colorado horse community is donating money to help the family of Claire Davis, the victim of a shooting at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13. Davis, 17, competed in hunters and equitation with Graphite Gran Grannus and trained with Cynda Dyer. Davis died Dec. 21.
Carole Kenney, equine manager at the Colorado Horse Park, set up a Wells Fargo bank account for donations.
“There was a lot of stuff going around on Facebook; people [were] saying, ‘What do we do?’ And I thought, ‘Well, I know one thing I can do,’ and I called a friend of mine who is a horse person and a banker, and I said, ‘I want to have a place where people can donate,’ ” said Kenney. “I figured they’d have all these bills. They can’t undo what happened, but if they can send a little money, at least they can do that.”
As of Dec. 19, nearly $5,000 had been put into the account.
“Another trainer in the area had a schooling show that weekend and donated all the proceeds to this fund,” said Kenney, who knew Davis from being a secretary at Colorado hunter/jumper shows. “I know other funds have been set up as well.
“Claire [was] very sweet, a gentle soul,” added Kenney. “You can’t find anyone who has anything bad to say about her—because there just isn’t anything. People keep saying she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but she was exactly where we sent her; she was in her school, doing what she should have been doing.”
If you would like to donate money to the account, named “The Davis Family,” any Wells Fargo bank can accept donations.