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Letter to the Editor

Hi All,

It has come to my attention that a horse trainer by the name of Jim Miller was affected by the tornado that hit Carney, Oklahoma. Thankfully he and his family survived uninjured. His horses are alive with injuries. Most all their assets and buildings were destroyed.

Jim, at the age of 69 recently moved to Oklahoma from Missouri to be with his daughter and her terminally ill husband. He had planned to retire and help his daughter by moving onto their property in Carney.

Using his truck as collateral he purchased a used mobile home. Due to the recent rains they had not been able to install and strap down the trailer. The mobile home wasn't insurable until it was fully installed. The Insurance payout for the truck will go directly to the bank to cover the mobile home. Jim's truck, horse trailer, mobile home, personal belongings and horse training equipment are gone or have been destroyed. In short the tornado has left Jim with nothing.

Jim has been active with Arabs and American Saddlebreds since the early ‘60s. He has been a member of the UPHA off and on throughout the years, however his membership was not current for the year 2013.

So far I have provided Jim with horse equipment and one of our farm trucks to drive for right now. He is staying with his son in Luther, Oklahoma. I'll be talking to both the Arab Association and the UPHA to see what can be done for Jim. What Jim really needs right now is money to help with care of his horses and to be able to buy basic personal neccessities.

I have asked my home UPHA Chapter 6/7 to pledge $250 towards helping Jim and would challenge other Chapters and individuals to do so. Checks can be sent to UPHA Chapter 6/7, Jim Miller Fund, c/o Cross Creek Stables, 2200 NW 192nd St, Edmond, OK 73012.

Thank You,

Randy Cates

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