In response to the fire at Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm, in West Grove, Pa., in which six horses in the charge of international eventer Boyd Martin perished, ACE Private Risk Services and USET Foundation Trustee Bruce Duchossois have made a $20,000 donation to the USET Foundation.
ACE Private Risk Services, the high net-worth personal lines company of global insurance carrier the ACE Group, who settled the claim at True Prospect, had planned to make a donation to honor the horses lost in the fire. When Duchossois, co-chair of the USET Foundation’s Development Committee, heard this, he offered to match any donation made by ACE.
Duchossois, who competes in the amateur-owner hunters, became a partner in True Prospect Farm in 2006 and has owned several of Dutton’s horses, including his 2008 Rolex Kentucky CCI*** winner and Olympic Games mount Connaught.
“It’s moving. It restores my faith in the American culture, that everything’s not just about money,” Martin said. “It’s fantastic when a company goes far beyond the call of duty and sees a terrible situation and they put their hat and money out for such a wonderful donation.”
In the fire, the U.S. team lost a few horses that would have been considered for the 2011 Pan American Games. The USET Foundation will use these funds to develop additional horses and riders.