Barn fire in Michigan kills 7 horses
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Longtime Michigan horsewoman Ann Russell and her daughter, Erin Spychala, lost their entire stable in an early-morning barn fire on Sunday morning in Pinckney, Mich. The fire was reported around 5 a.m. and killed all seven horses in the barn, including five Standardbred racehorses, one broodmare and a riding pony.
The horses killed in the fire include the 8-year-old pacing gelding R Duneshine and the 4-year-old trotting mare Victoryssuperangel, both of whom made recent starts in Ohio. Victoryssuperangel raced Jan. 4 at Northfield Park and R Duneshine raced on Jan. 6 at Miami Valley, competing in one of the races that was part of the first day of the North America Drivers Championship.
Also killed were the 11-year-old pacing gelding Bursting Blaze, the 5-year-old gelding trotter J-S Maple Jac and a riding horse named Sam who has been owned by Spychala for several years. Also destroyed by the fire were a truck and trailer and all of the horse equipment. No cause of the fire has yet been determined.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Russell and Spychala. To go to the GoFundMe page and donate please click here.