Got this today and thought it might be good to post:

Fellow Equestrians.

As all of you know, April 27th, 2011 brought devastating tornadoes to Alabama and neighboring states. The destruction is extremely wide spread and has left so many areas a wasteland. Families have lost their loved ones, their homes, and their basic way of life and are faced with the daunting task of starting over completely from scratch. They have lost many beloved pets, horses, and farm animals and have no way of caring for the ones that remain. As members of the equestrian community, we feel we must do what we can to help those that are in so much pain and need.

The Birmingham Dressage & Combined Training Association is teaming up with Rhonda Johnson-Bowles from Land O'Lakes Purina Feeds, The Alabama Horse Council, Cahaba Pony Club & the US Pony Club South Region to help provide much needed relief for the equine and pet victims of these destructive tornados.

We will be accepting donations of basic horse & pet supplies, such as buckets, water troughs, fencing materials, veterinary supplies, fly spray, halters and leads, shavings, dog runs, dog and cat crates, feed bowls... anything horse or pet care related. Monetary donations will also be accepted and will be used to purchase needed supplies. 100% of all donations will be distributed to those in need. For those that are local, we need help collecting and distributing donations.

More information can be found on our website, or by contacting us at Please help us spread the word by distributing to those who may be interested.

Kelly Vaughan Hanby, President BDCTA

Fran Summerlin Histed, Relief Coordinator, BDCTA

Monetary Donations can be sent to

BDCTA/ Tornado Relief

c/o Natalie Nixon, Treasurer BDCTA

1222 Woodlands Way

Helena, AL 35080

Please make checks to BDCTA & include “Tornado Relief” in the notes section

In kind/goods donations can be sent to

BDCTA/ Tornado Relief

c/o Fran Summerlin Histed

Summerworth Down

550 Lakeview St.

Steele, AL 35987


Birmingham Dressage and Combined Training Association is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization which sponsors activities designed to further the art and sport of Dressage and Combined Training in the Birmingham, AL area, as well as educational and outreach activities for the Alabama equine community at large. BDCTA is an affiliate member of USA Eventing and a Group Member of the US Dressage Federation.

Carleton Farm in Pell City will be hosting a Benefit Trail Ride Memorial Day Weekend on their beautiful 1000 acres farm. Proceeds will go to 5W Ranch & those affected in Shoal Creek Valley. For more information see the flyer here (click for pdf). Hope to see everyone there!