Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024

True Prospect Farm Barn Fire



Boyd Martin’s four-star mount Neville Bardos has been started back into work with light riding according to Martin’s blog

In an update on the horses affected by the devastating fire at Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm that claimed the lives of six horses and an estimated $100,000 of equipment, Martin wrote that he took “Neville” on a 20-minute hack.

Two of the five horses who were rescued from Boyd Martin’s burning barn at True Prospect Farm in the early morning of May 31 are scheduled to be released from veterinary care today, June 7.

I hear it more and more these days—“Horses will break your heart.” 

I’d say with some experience that yes, that statement is very, very true. But what most also know and don’t really talk about quite as often is that riding and competing these unbelievable animals really helps you heal as well. So when everyone at TPF and Windurra USA set off to compete this past weekend at Waredaca in Maryland, I knew that it would be the first step on a long road of recovery, especially for Boyd and Woodzy.

Four days after a fire destroyed the barn where Boyd Martin was keeping his horses at True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pa., he’s still spending countless hours at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.


At 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, a fire destroyed Boyd Martin’s barn at Phillip Dutton's True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pa. Six horses died and many others were injured.

Martin’s assistant Lillian Heard was staying with a friend above the barn for the night and smelled smoke shortly after midnight.

“They rushed downstairs and started pulling horses out,” said Kate Brown, who works for Dutton and lives on the farm. “We don’t know what caused the fire.”



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