A barn fire at Brookwood Equestrian Center in Bishop, Ga., killed 18 horses early Jan. 31. The farm was owned by King and Melanie Howington.
“The fire department got there very quickly, but the whole barn was a complete loss—and 18 horses,” King told the Athens Banner-Herald. “These horses are very dear to us and the owners.”
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the fire was reported at 1:36 a.m. The Banner-Herald stated that the cause of the fire was electrical, and it also reported that one horse was able to escape but was euthanized due to the extent of his injuries.
Dressage rider Kristen Becker’s four horses—her Young Adult "Brentina Cup" Grand Prix mount Ramses, her retired schoolmaster Frankentraum, young filly Direct Flight and a pony, Moo-Llennium, she'd owned for 18 years—were lost in the fire. Becker also lost all her tack and equipment.
"I am devastated to say the least," said Becker. "The care at this facility was exceptional as well. Now it’s just a matter of starting from the ground up. Thank you for all your continued support and thoughts."