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3 Die in Trailer Fire Returning Home from Show

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  • 3 Die in Trailer Fire Returning Home from Show

    I am waiting to find out more, but I just received word that John McConnell's trailer caught fire on the way home from the Tulsa Classic Horse Show. At least two horses were euthanized on the spot. That is all the info that I have at the time, but very, very sad. He won the Prix on Sunday, April 26th just hours before the fire happened. I'm sure any good thoughts would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Oh that's awful!! I love John, he's a great rider and trainer... please keep us updated... those who were connected with the horses are in my thoughts


    • #3
      Trailer FIRE?? Holy cow... Jingles to those involved. How scary.
      I'd rather be riding!


      • #4
        Oh gosh, how did something like that happen? So sad for those involved...


        • Original Poster

          Agreed that it is very sad, and rather strange.

          At this point in time, I do not have information regarding the cause of the fire or if there are more injuries than the two deaths. I hope to know more this afternoon.


          • Original Poster

            Wow, this is even worse than I had thought.

            The tire somehow caught fire-- I do not yet know the cause of that. Three horses were burned to death. The other two on the trailer escaped and ran off. They have not yet been found, so their condition is unknown.

            I can't even imagine being in this situation -- so very tragic.


            • #7
              I'm devastated by this news. Traveling accidents, I'm sure, are one of our worst fears as horsepeople--surely in my top 5 fears list. And John is one of the best trainers around--my personal favorite of all time. Such a great, hard working down to earth guy.
              My prayers are with him & his family.
              "I never met a man I didn't like who liked horses." Will Rogers


              • #8
                Jingling for John & missing horses. Status on Carolina?
                "I never met a man I didn't like who liked horses." Will Rogers


                • #9
                  Where did this happen?

                  Jingles for everyone - two and four legged.
                  Last edited by Hunter Mom; Apr. 28, 2009, 05:24 PM.
                  A proud friend of bar.ka.


                  • #10
                    Another update...

                    John's in the hospital with a dislocated shoulder.. not sure about the other guy in the truck with him.


                    • #11
                      I just want to post some jingles for all involved. I've been awed watching John Ride at a number of the big comps. I hope he, the person with him and the two loose horses pull through okay! Also, sincere condolences on the ones that were lost.


                      • #12
                        So sad... I don't know any involved but it is just a horrible story. I hope they find the other two horses and that they are ok and not injured....


                        • #13
                          So sad!
                          Jingles and huge hugs!
                          Jen Evans & DaBear


                          • Original Poster

                            Originally posted by Parker_Rider View Post
                            John's in the hospital with a dislocated shoulder.. not sure about the other guy in the truck with him.
                            Thanks so much for the update. I just heard the same thing. I can only imagine poor John's worry in the hospital knowing what has happened. Please continue to update us if you hear something before I do.


                            • #15
                              Sincerest condolences to all the lost horse's connections ~ and huge jingles that the other two are found and are safe.
                              ** I LOVE PUIKA & SHELLA FAN CLUB*** member
                              Originally posted by 2DogsFarm
                              Good job R&G!
                              You may now add Horsesaver Extraordinaire to your resume


                              • #16
                                What a nightmare for all.... My deepest sympathy to John and his family.


                                • #17
                                  So sad.
                                  Sending lots of jingles to everyone involved.
                                  CRAYOLA POSSE - Olive Green
                                  Champions aren't born. They are built little by little, day by day, with patience and love for the art. -Nick Skelton


                                  • #18
                                    Oh no thats terrible. He's such a nice guy with some great horses.
                                    Last edited by Tollriffic; Apr. 28, 2009, 08:13 PM.


                                    • #19
                                      Major jingles to John and the McElvain family. What a devastating accident. Hopefully the lost horses will be found and reunited with their owners.
                                      "I have puppies instead of children. I'd rather ruin my carpet than my life."


                                      • #20
                                        so awful..

                                        Just a quick update.. Jodi Kennedy talked to bill earlier and got the story. It was 4 in the morning and the brakes caught fire. They tried to put out the fire but went thru all their fire extinguishers. John got the rig detached from the truck before the whole thing blew up. The 3 died immediately and one other one was burned but got off the trailer. That horse has since been put to sleep, its burns were just too bad. John is in the hospital in Albuquerque with a separated shoulder but bill is ok.

                                        This is just so awful, especially because how do you prevent something like this? John is so wonderful its just mind boggling that this could happen to someone as conscientious as him.

                                        Thoughts and prayers go out to all involved. I'm sure this will rattle all of us who haul.. This tragedy just brings tears to my eyes...