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2002 IHSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS DEVASTATED BY FIRE



On September 6, 2002, the Ohio University Equestrian Team (OUET), 2002 Miller's Cup Team Champions, lost a barn, an arena, a tack room, a trailer, all of their tack and one horse to a fire that ripped through Stonegate Farm in Belpre, Ohio.

Of the seven horses stabled in Coach Karen Hiehle's barn, all but one survived. One horse has been shipped to Ohio State to receive treatment for severe burns and the other five are being monitored and treated for cuts and burns.

Because the OUET is a Club Sport, they receive no University funding. The OUET is funded solely by its members through fundraising and dues. The Team will receive no University funding to help them rebuild their facility, purchase new tack or replace the lost horse.

The OUET is currently in a financially perilous position. In addition to the loss of the barn and its contents, all supplies for the October 12 & 13 IHSA horse show were destroyed. At this time, any tack, grooming products, first aide supplies or monetary donations would be greatly appreciated.

These may be sent to:
The Ohio University Equestrian Team
C/O Jessica West
38 North McKinley Avenue, Apt #116
Athens, OH 45701
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Team at 740-589-5855 or via email at JessicaAnnWest@hotmail.com.

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