Friday, April 9, 2010

A Tragedy in the NC Horse Community

Early yesterday morning a fire broke out at a Chapel Hill barn, Foxwood Farms. Before the flames were discovered, the fire had apparently burned through the roof of the barn. 13 horses were killed. News coverage on the story can be found here.

As if this weren't heart breaking enough, today I found out that one of Granite's half sisters died in the fire. I am facebook friend's with the owners of Granite's sire and she had photos and an RIP message about an 8 year old mare named Love Ya Mean It aka Buttercup. Then I put the pieces together and realized that she had been one of the horses to die in the fire.
BUTTERCUP (2002-2010)

My thoughts are certainly with her owners. If she is anything like my boy, they lost a gem yesterday.

Upon looking at the Foxwood website, I realized that Granite's 5 year old full brother was being offered for 1/2 lease at the farm. I don't know if he is OK or not (I think 9 or 10 horses had been in another barn and were moved to safety). I have emailed to ask if anyone knows. I can only hope he is OK, he seemed like such a nice boy!

Y'all do me a favor and keep everyone who loved these horses in your thoughts and prayers. I know this tragedy is being felt through out the entire NC Horse Community. It certainly makes you remember to be grateful for what you have; and I have Granite.


  1. Oh no!!! That is unbelievably devastating. I'm so sorry :(

  2. Very, very sad. I'm sorry for the poor horses and the grief their owners must be feeling.

  3. How awful. So sorry to hear this. I can't even imagine.

  4. Very sad, but the horse community is rallying to help. They have set up a fund to raise money for the trainer. And Granite's brother is safe!! He was out in the pasture when the fire broke out.