My name is Keramia and I am one of the daughters of Jeff and Crystal Findlay, owners of the Broken Rail Ranch.
On the night of August 17, 2023, the ranch burnt to the ground as a result of the McDougall Creek wildfire.
Formerly known as Mandy & Me, the 674 Petterson Rd property has been a West Kelowna landmark for decades. When my parents bought it in 2015, several months of restoration had to occur before the property was safe to live on for both humans and animals. It earned the name "Broken Rail" because of the state of the fence posts.
Once restored, the ranch quickly became a haven for all living creatures. Over a dozen horses have been saved from the meat industry, and employees from around the world have become like family.
Thankfully, we were able to evacuate all the horses and almost all the other creatures. We are safe, but devastated at the loss of our beautiful property.
I don't know how the goal amount may change. I don't know what insurance is going to look like going forward. Currently, funds are needed to provide food, shelter, and medications for both people and horses.
I am confident in our community's ability to pull together and rebuild, and I will post updates as things happen.