By: Betts Coup
A press release has come out that provides further information about the terrible fire at Happy Valley Farm last night. During the fire at Happy Valley Farm last night, on June 20, 2013, 35 of the 36 horses in the main barn were lost, and a total of three buildings were destroyed. The main barn was completely engulfed within 20 minutes, and only one horse could be saved from an end stall on the back side of the barn, adjacent to the indoor arena. The heat and smoke prevented anyone from being able to access the other horses. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown, although it is not to be related to foul play.
In the fire, Happy Valley’s four successful breeding stallions were lost, including the incredible WC Merchant Prince, who was born, raised, and lived out his long life at Happy Valley. He won the 3-Year-Old Fine Harness National Futurity in 1986, and was the sire of countless champions, including WC CH A Sweet Treat, WC CH Marching Order, WC CH Rejoice, RWC CH Cash Back, WC CH The Bachelor Prince, RWC CH Be Advised, and countless others. The losses also include RWC I’m The Prince, sire of WGC CH Grande Gil; WC Harlem’s Friendly Conversation, sire of WC Kalarama’s Delightful and WC With A Friend; and Magical Me, a stallion by RWC I’m The Prince.
Sadly, many show horses also perished, including WC With A Friend and RWC So Persuasive. Two full brothers to WGC CH Grande Gil, I’m Grande and Grande Prince, were lost, as well as I’ll Just Say, a junior prospect by Harlem’s Friendly Conversation that was readying for Louisville this; Such Magic, a daughter of Such Sweet Memories; and Little Soul, daughter of In My Soul.
The legacy of these amazing horses will be continued at Happy Valley Farm, as almost 25 foals have been born this year. Those foals join the nearly 100 prospects and broodmares who will carry on the tradition, and the bloodlines.
For those interested in providing assistance and support during this time, a fund has been set up at Shelby Horse Supply. Please contact them at 502.722.5010 to help out.