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  • Barn Fire in Wellington

    https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-p...-in-wellington

    How awful Sending lots of jingles to everyone
    Last edited by WinterPalm; Mar. 14, 2019, 08:50 AM.

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    What an awful nightmare. My heart breaks.

    Perhaps update your title to give others a better idea of the content of this thread?

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    • #3
      Condolences to Kelli, who not only has to deal with the horses lost but lost everything in the tack room and storage areas. Awful. Sounds like the horse community is stepping up to embrace and help her.
      When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

      The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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      • #4
        I don’t know any specifics of the situation. But honestly, it’s almost a miracle that they managed to get 18 horses out, especially since it happened in the middle of the night.

        I attended a course last year about emergency horse rescue, and it is unbelievable how quickly things happen in that scenario. Thank goodness they were able to save so many.

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        • #5
          I'm impressed and so happy for them that they managed to get the 18 horses out. There's a gofundme that's been started but I don't think the links can be posted. Such a sweet family I can't even imagine how everyone involved is doing.

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          • #6
            They have a GoFundMe linked from the COTH article. However (and I'm going to get flamed like hell for this), IMO if you have enough money to afford a barn/estate in Wellington, you have enough cash to cover lost tack and (especially) your grooms' belongings...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by overboard View Post
              They have a GoFundMe linked from the COTH article. However (and I'm going to get flamed like hell for this), IMO if you have enough money to afford a barn/estate in Wellington, you have enough cash to cover lost tack and (especially) your grooms' belongings...
              You may not have enough time or energy to provide your grooms with clothes to wear tomorrow. Or the next day. That’s why I dropped off a bunch of stuff for them today.

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              • #8
                Here is the COTH article, in case anyone is looking for it...

                https://www.chronofhorse.com/article...ellington-farm
                ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by overboard View Post
                  They have a GoFundMe linked from the COTH article. However (and I'm going to get flamed like hell for this), IMO if you have enough money to afford a barn/estate in Wellington, you have enough cash to cover lost tack and (especially) your grooms' belongings...
                  I agree! Their place in Colorado is quite spectacular and their leased farm in wellington is too, I don’t think they need a GoFundMe! That is what insurance is for. Plus I would think all of Kelly’s sponsors will replace their equipment.

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                  • #10
                    Gentle reminder that oftentimes the GoFundMe accounts started for things like this are not started by the person(s) who lost their things, but by friends trying to help.

                    Insurance covers a lot but that money doesn't come through in that moment. No one is compelled to donate to a GFM - it just provides an avenue for those who want to.

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                    • #11
                      If people want to help then let them help. Regardless of the amount of money someone has, this is a tragic event and very stressful for all involved. Kindness speaks volumes.

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                      • #12
                        Agree with supershorty. Insurance can take a while especially if they have to determine a cause. No idea if they owned or leased that place, so they may not have much insurance coverage if leasing. Insurance also isn't going to pay for feed in the meantime.

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                        • #13
                          I feel empathy for anyone who loses a beloved horse but not a lot of empathy for uber rich people getting a GFM page. Perhaps it is really set up to help their barn staff: grooms, groundskeepers, stall cleaners etc. rather than the wealthy family itself? I will hold to that thought since the recent college recruitment scandal . . .
                          kenyagirl

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kmwines View Post
                            Insurance also isn't going to pay for feed in the meantime.
                            Someone operating at this caliber most likely has credit available to them (bank account, LOC or even credit cards) to bridge the gap.


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                            • #15
                              Boy, this has taken an unfortunate track....
                              When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                              The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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                              • #16
                                You do realize there’s a war on wealth in this country, yes? This is just the unfortunate fallout from that mindset.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by CornishPixie View Post
                                  You do realize there’s a war on wealth in this country, yes? This is just the unfortunate fallout from that mindset.
                                  hahaha. This is a joke, right?

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Bobby7 View Post

                                    I agree! Their place in Colorado is quite spectacular and their leased farm in wellington is too, I don’t think they need a GoFundMe! That is what insurance is for. Plus I would think all of Kelly’s sponsors will replace their equipment.
                                    How do any of us know what their financial situation really is? Insurance doesn't cover everything and it's not instantaneous. Most likely friends started the GFM page without their knowledge but if you don't want to contribute, DON'T, others may feel differently and that is their choice. No amount of money makes up for the loss of those horses, or the devastation of watching everything you have worked so hard for disappear in flames. I have great sympathy for anyone who goes through something like this.

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                                    • #19
                                      Someone posted in the GFM a link to an article saying they didn’t have a permit to rent the stalls/run a business. Unfortunate either way, but hopefully they can get back on their feet sooner rather than later.

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                                      • #20
                                        Wow. The sour grapes over the go fund me just perplexes me. And no, I'm am neither rich nor "well off".

                                        First, The go fund me wasn't started by the farm owner/leaser. It was started by a young ammy who I believe kept her horse there (or maybe worked there), for the benefit of everyone who had losses in the fire. So the go fund me is not for direct benefit of the farm owner.

                                        Homeowners insurance only covers the homeowners (or leasers) buildings & property on the farm - not the property of employees or boarders. So if staff that lived there or grooms or boarders don't have their own insurance to cover property in the barn, they have no recourse. And I'd point out that insurance won't typically pay 100% of losses of personal property (due to depreciation), unless you have special riders on your insurance policy that provides for that. Some insurance won't pay out unless you have receipts for all items lost.

                                        This is a tragic event, where people lost their horses, all their horse stuff, perhaps their home (if there were living quarters in the barn) and for the mean time, some may not have a job. The fact that the owners are "well to do" is beside the point. Begrudging these people of assistance to get back on their feet and insinuating that the farm owner/leaser should just pay for everyone's belongings, horses, clothing, meals and housing out of pocket just because she has means, is well, (for me) distasteful... I'm sure the owner is beside herself over this tragedy and someone thought starting the go fund me would be helpful to her and the staff.

                                        Compassion, empathy and a helping hand shouldn't have a tax bracket. If you don't agree with the go fund me, no one is forcing you to donate.
                                        ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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