Classic City Clydesdales Barn Fire
Early Wednesday morning, a barn fire broke out. Thanks to the quick thinking and heroic action of the Martin family, all 16 horses were safely evacuated from the burning barn. Unfortunately 2 sheep with their newborn babies did not make it, as well as at least one of the barn cats. Three cats and and a farm dog are still missing.
We are very fortunate there were not more lives lost, all the horses are free of injury and appear to be doing well. However, with the barn, we lost everything we use to care for them on a day to day basis; from halters and brushes, to saddles and harnesses. We have 7 more foals on the way. One mare passed her due date yesterday, and could foal anyday now. I created this relief fund to help replenish some of the key supplies/tools we use to keep these beloved horses healthy and happy.
Lets make a difference for this family who goes above and beyond to help wherever possible.
On a side note, still anxiously awaiting the next foal, but we have 2 new members of the farm :) twin Jacob sheep, a boy and a girl!
We had so many wonderful volunteers of all ages come out and help clean up the girls! Everyone was so amazing today! The healing process is hard but having this many people surrounding the family with love and support really helps! The clean up will continue tomorrow.
We're slowly starting to developed a new daily routine. Baby Skylar got to have some outside time today, with momma Scout not far behind.
No Matt, small business owners who built this barn from the ground up. My friend Paige opened this Paige to get brushes and lead ropes and allow people (friends) to help because they really wanted to support us. We lost everything. But, thanks for the support.
I first heard about this tragedy today on Facebook. I have never met Shannon or any of her helpers before today. I had taken over a few supplies to help them out and I was met by them. Shannon was very appreciative and a very nice person. They have lost a lot and they love their horses. They all were very kind to me. Please, if you don't have kind things to say or post then please keep it to yourself. This family needs our help and our prayers. I talked to their helper Felipe today and he had found out that his dog didn't make it out of the fire. He told me he didn't know how he was going to tell his five year old son. He was very sad. So please no bad comments or nasty remarks. These animals that lost their lives meant a lot to them and this is just devastating. Any help or donations are greatly appreciated by the Martin family.
These are good people. It does not matter what they own!!!! Some times we all could us a hand for whatever reason. Paige is just trying to take care of the immediate needs of the animals. It's not about the money. And it takes time for insurance to get funds to you in the case of barn fires. The daily care of the farm has to go on. And with it being breeding season, made and foal care is a priority.
My point is, I spend a lot of time with the beautiful animals and wonderful property. I was there bottle feeding Sheepy Sheep and brushing Rachel before foaling, or cleaning out stalls because Captain leaves landmines. Shannon spends so much time at the ranch and working alongside everyone else. Mark is the business side of it. Business or no business else where you don't pull from another place to throw at another. You have no business sense if that's what you call sensible. They live on site, the work on site, and they deserve all the help the receive. They are top of the line in care and upkeep. I'd put money on it that you'd never find a cleaner barn than theirs with the numbers they have. This isn't about money. Its about the animals, some of which didn't make it. You obviously don't know these people or animals. We are all crying over sheep, a dog, a cat because they meant something. Boofy is irreplaceable. This is about picking people up and putting the shambles into place. To rebuild and care for the horses who now don't have a place to foal, or be cleaned, or get their medication. Bet you thought it was peaches and cream huh? What about medical expenses? Clydesdales are very fragile. Even at just $100 a horse that would already be at $1600 just to walk in the door. I'm mad because of such ignorance to such amazing people who have been nothing but heroes for this community and being such amazing people to this nerdy costumer and allow her to come out and help. Take a hike Matt.
Are you kidding me Matt? Shannon and Mark built this paradise from there hard work. Every day Shannon is there working hard and Mark runs numbers and trys to keep everything in the green all while saving animals, raising there own, and creating an environment way beyond the standards set forth by our own culture. Even so, owing a business or not doesn't work by just taking inventory. They worked hard for what they have so how dare you. This is coming from a person who volunteers very frequently be it scrumming walls. mucking stalls, or just brushing a horse. Get your facts straight before you spit in someone's face.
I also stopped by to drop off a few items late this afternoon and had a few moments to speak with the most gracious Shannon Martin. These are hard working, class act folks that have experienced a horrible loss of property and some beloved animals. This past December they opened their beautiful farm to all and my grandson had his 1st picture with Santa Claus in front of that beautiful barn - a memory I will cherish the rest of my life. It breaks my heart for their loss. (One thing Shannon told me was they had recently stocked the barn with close to 600 bales of hay - they lost it all. For those of us that have ever had to to buy hay - the financial magnitude of that made me nauseous...) There are many folks that want to "help" that can't get there in person to lend a hand with care or clean up. This fund is the perfect way to say, "I'm sorry for your loss, we appreciate everything you have done for the community, and I want to help ease your immediate concerns." I for one, feel it's the least I can do. Praying for the Martins and their beloved surviving 4-legged babies...
That moment when you post a very long response to ignorance and it doesn't post before you leave the page...crap. Matt, go check your facts. You have no idea the love and dedication that goes into that ranch. Take it from someone who freely mucks stalls and cleans horses rather frequently just for the love of that place.
SHE'S ARRIVED! At 1:15am last night we welcomed a happy, healthy, long legged filly foal by Bogton Barnaby out of Calico Miss Feebee. We are so pleased that the birth went super easy. This foal was super important to us as she is the last Bogton Barnaby foal and also because Miss Feebee was in the barn the night of the fire and sustained minor injuries. We were very worried. We can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the foal is here safe and sound. We appreciate everyone supporting us the last couple of weeks. It sure has touched us deep in our hearts. We have some awesome friends. Check out the Facebook and website for pics of Classic City BB Fire Feenix.
This is for any of us have loved horses. This close farm of Clydesdales was devastated by fire. Due to the courage of the sons, they broke down the barn door and saved all of the mares and foals. Unfortunately they lost some sheep, a cat and a beloved dog. Please donate what you can. Even if if is a single bucket, a brush, a halter, hay, your time or any thing else you can do! Those of us who have lived a live with horses, please let this family know we are with them. Thanks to Melanie Herron for bringing this family to my attention. Rise up horse lovers!! Do what you can. We would do the same if any of you needed our help. Love you all, Ann
Matt Smith I'm a little disturbed you are trying to rail road my brother. I'm sure you are aware of everything that's going on....imminent battle with a large corp over the fire, lost tools, equipment, trying to shelter 40+ clydesdales, numerous other types of livestock., etc. It's sad to see someone make a horrible situation even worse with jealousy, envy and just poor humanism. The amount requested is just to get the ranch moving again and it was requested by someone other than Mark or Shannon. It's unfortunate that you have such a hate for Mark based on what someone else told you. If Tom were alive he'd back hand you so hard your head would spin. Tom was a very reasonable man, an awesome dude. Try to be more like Tom. I've tried to emulate Tom and other great men like him my whole life. You'd be the wiser to do the same.
I think it's Awesome that 89 of us could raise this much money in a few days! You guys ROCK!!!
... Following up from my previous post... I got @Jeremy11Alive to retweet my request to share this page out. I hope it help. Social media can be a powerful tool in times like these. Good luck Martins and God Bless
Donated, shared the GoFundMe page on FB & I also asked Jeremy at 11 Alive to tweet the GoFundMe page. I don't know this family but that doesn't matter. This story is heartbreaking. They worked hard to build their dream up. Happy to help them rebuild in any small way . If I still lived in GA I would be there this weekend to help in person.
I hope all the horses were okay.
Saturday Morning to night, and Sunday the same I will be there to help do anything and everything I can. Give me a time Mrs Shannon or Mark.