A Kansas City-area therapeutic riding center hopes to recover after a devastating fire early in the morning on February 20.
The owners of the horses estimate the damage will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. They have stated that they intend to rebuild and continue offering equine-facilitated therapy. They are seeking a temporary facility to continue lessons until they can rebuild.
The program had up to forty riders enrolled during peak times of the year. The instructors plan to have grief counselors available for their students in the coming weeks.
The cause of the fire is still unknown and is being investigated. Windy conditions were likely to have increased the speed at which the flames destroyed the structure. According to Kansas City TV station KCTV, a fire at the same location killed 10 horses in 2005. The cause of that fire was unknown, but assumed to be the result of electrical problems.
To find out more about Sugar Creek Equinapy or donate to their recovery efforts, visit SugarCreekEquinapy.com
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That’s so sad! At least some of the horses escaped….
aww 🙁 that makes me wanna cry. thank goodness not all of them were in the barn
Ohh, that is so sad. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those riders who lost best friends…
My deepest prayers are with you. We also had a barn fire in 2005 and lost 27 horses and all equipment. Life goes on, but you NEVER recover from this loss.
We lost a pony in a barn fire 14 years ago and it still haunts me. A total of 14 horses were killed by an arsonist. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who lost their friends in this fire.
That is horrible. My thoughts and prayers will be with them and all the riders who plan/took lessons there. As for me I plan on volunteering and drive down to Sugarcreek to help out.
– morgan 🙂
this is terible we should build our barns from steel frames of something.
What a terrible thing to happen! Such wonderful meaninful horses lost.
Such a huge tragedy. Besides the loss of equine life, it will also affect the riders deeply. The riders develop a deep attachment to their mounts. I am truly sorry.
How incredibly sad, although I’m glad some of the horses survived at least.
Wow, that’s terrible:(
I think that is one of the worst ways to lose an animal.
Those poor horses, and also the owners. Tack and equipment can be replace, but not those wonderful horses. Thank goodness some of them were turned out.