Mercury Equine Center Fire

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Raised by 197 people in 27 months

This morning our dear friends, Eric & Kay Reed lost their training barn due to a fire starting by lightening. We had thunder, lightening and high winds last night that fueled the fire. Today, the tempatures have dropped to the low teens and we have freezing rain and snow.  The count as of now is 20 horses lost. There are many more horses in immediate need of equipment and extra hay and straw.

Mercury Equine Training Center, is near and dear to our hearts and we want to help them quickly to replace items that were lost.

All funds raised will go towards replacing  urgently needed equipment lost, medical needs of the horses, hay and straw.

Thank you very much as any amount will help get these horses the urgent care they need.

Mike & Kitty Manganello

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Good morning,
Here are other ways that you can help the Reed’s. If you are in Louisville, near Turfway Park, Horse Cents or the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, you can drop off supplies. Please share…
Also, I’ve included the link to the Winning Ponies interview with Eric Reed below. He comes on at about the 35 minute mark. And a link from our local news…The outpouring of support is amazing!
• Donations to Reed’s fund through the National HBPA, a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) fund, are tax deductible. Contributions can be made online via credit card at https://nationalhbpa.com/donate/. Checks made out to the National HBPA Foundation, with “Eric Reed fund” written in the memo, can be mailed to the National HBPA, 870 Corporate Dr., Suite 300, Lexington, KY 40503-5419.

• Donations also can be mailed to, or dropped by, Horse Cents, 199 Markham Drive, Versailles, KY, 40383. Such checks should be made payable to Horse Cents-Eric Reed fund. Credit card contributions can be made over the phone by calling Horse Cents at 859-873-4707. These donations are not tax deductible.

• Donated tack and supplies can be dropped off at Horse Cents or any of three Kentucky HBPA offices: the main office at 3729 S. Fourth Street, Louisville, 40214, or the backside offices at Turfway Park in Florence and The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington.

• A GoFundMe account has been set up by the Reeds’ close friends Mike, a steward in Ohio and the 1970 Kentucky Derby-winning jockey, and Kitty Manganello at http://bit.ly/2icnkYO

https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/96482/winning-ponies-welcomes-author-john-perrotta-trainer-eric-reed-and-digital-media-senior-manager

http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Help-pouring-in-for-Lexington-farm-after-fire-that-killed-23-horses-407937745.html

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Good morning,
Eric Reed is scheduled to be on Winning Ponies with John Engelhardt tonight at 8pm ET. Please tune in to hear the latest update. Here is the link: www.winningponies.com
For those of you not following the story here in Lexington, there was an issue with the 911 call placed that night that may have resulted in a delay of help reaching the farm quicker. An investigation is ongoing…As a result of this investigation, 911 is hiring more staff.
Also, they are finally able to remove the remains and start the clean-up process. A huge shout-out to Jeff Cundiff for taking on that huge endeavor.
Please keep sharing this and helping the Reed’s. I will also get an update on the condition of the horses who are still in the equine hospital.
Many of you are contacting me asking where items can be sent to or dropped off. Please take or mail those items directly to Mercury Farm. Below is the address.
Again, we extend our deepest gratitude for your concern.
Kitty Manganello

Mercury Equine Center
6240 Russell Cave Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40511
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Just a quick update: Eric and Kay are overwhelmed by the generosity of both the racing community and kind hearted people who have donated money, equipment, feed etc ...from all over the country, ...Every single dollar, blessing, good thoughts and prayers are a blessing to them during this time.

They are still in shock over what has happened and things are moving along but not quick enough for them I'm sure.

A special thank you to Rood and Riddle for taking the injured horses and to Teresa Little of Romans Farm for getting them there and grabbing the bull by the horns and making things happen. Iris Smith, your generosity is unbelievable. This is what I love about the racing community...everyone comes together in a time of need.

The Reed's have a long way to go and much more is needed to help. If you would like to mail anything directly to the farm, the address is below.

Thank you again for caring for and supporting our friends and all of the horses they have put their heart and soul in to training. Please continue to share this page so we can help Eric and Kay get back up on their feet. I'm trying to reply to everyone on here as quick as possible. You may also reach me at kittymanganello@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Mercury Equine Center
6240 Russell Cave Rd
Lexington, KY 40511

Kind Regards,
Kitty & Mike Manganello
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Good afternoon,

We dropped off some much needed supplies however, much more is needed. As of now, clean-up and the removal of the horses cannot take place until the insurance company gives the okay. The fire is still smoldering and cannot be put out until the roof and horses have been removed. It's a very sad sight to see and I hope to never witness anything like this again.

A total of 23 horses were lost and 3 horses are at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital where they are being treated. Feed, hay, leg wrappings, blankets etc...are still needed.

Eric & Kay Reed are overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and hope to have the training operation back up and running very soon.

Anything you can do to help is much appreciated. The address of the farm is:
Mercury Equine Center
6240 Russell Cave Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40511
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Michelle Sexton
27 months ago
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I break down... This is the most tragic thing I've ever experienced, but the way that the horse racing industry has come together to help in this time of need has touched my heart, I'd love to thank everyone personally, but thank you all sooooo much and God bless!

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Jim Perry Bloodstock
27 months ago
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The heart filled love of horse ppl from around the world is helping Eric & Kay Reed & Team Reed employees coping with the recovery of the loss of 23 horses., The supply's of tack and donations on Gofundme continue to come in from around the world and every dine to every straw of hay is appreciated deeply. Emotionally all have had take time to shed tears to deal with this nightmare. Update: Lexington to add to 911 staff in wake of fire that killed 23 horses http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article122030234.html

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Lonnie Jr Malicote
27 months ago
2
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Nightwatchman would have helped.

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Michelle Sexton
27 months ago
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It was me and my fiance that ran into the burning barn to rescue all that we could.... This has devastated me to no end!! I can't get the vision out of my head...I work with the remaining horses and from time to time I Brah down

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Rachel Fabrizi
27 months ago

Is there anyway we can send things like blankets, halters, tack etc?

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Monica Wrobel
27 months ago

What is daily cost per horse per day the owners pay for boarding on this farm?

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Christopher McKay
27 months ago

Eric and Kay will be back......

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April Marsh Visser
27 months ago

Many people have uninsured horses. Mine is not insured. The gofundme is for equipment and feed. That is something that is needed now not later when the insurance comes through. Also to rebuild a barn and restock it there is no way insurance will ever cover that cost in it's entirety. It is a depreciated amount received so the rest comes out of pocket. I've had to deal with fire claims so I know this.

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Lonnie Jr Malicote
27 months ago

horses insured and barn?

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Bekka Lynn
27 months ago

If you need hands I am here and willing to help

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Michelle Sexton
27 months ago
2
2

I break down... This is the most tragic thing I've ever experienced, but the way that the horse racing industry has come together to help in this time of need has touched my heart, I'd love to thank everyone personally, but thank you all sooooo much and God bless!

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Jim Perry Bloodstock
27 months ago
2
2

The heart filled love of horse ppl from around the world is helping Eric & Kay Reed & Team Reed employees coping with the recovery of the loss of 23 horses., The supply's of tack and donations on Gofundme continue to come in from around the world and every dine to every straw of hay is appreciated deeply. Emotionally all have had take time to shed tears to deal with this nightmare. Update: Lexington to add to 911 staff in wake of fire that killed 23 horses http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article122030234.html

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Lonnie Jr Malicote
27 months ago
2
2

Nightwatchman would have helped.

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Michelle Sexton
27 months ago
1
1

It was me and my fiance that ran into the burning barn to rescue all that we could.... This has devastated me to no end!! I can't get the vision out of my head...I work with the remaining horses and from time to time I Brah down

+ Read More
Rachel Fabrizi
27 months ago

Is there anyway we can send things like blankets, halters, tack etc?

+ Read More
Monica Wrobel
27 months ago

What is daily cost per horse per day the owners pay for boarding on this farm?

+ Read More
Christopher McKay
27 months ago

Eric and Kay will be back......

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April Marsh Visser
27 months ago

Many people have uninsured horses. Mine is not insured. The gofundme is for equipment and feed. That is something that is needed now not later when the insurance comes through. Also to rebuild a barn and restock it there is no way insurance will ever cover that cost in it's entirety. It is a depreciated amount received so the rest comes out of pocket. I've had to deal with fire claims so I know this.

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Lonnie Jr Malicote
27 months ago

horses insured and barn?

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Bekka Lynn
27 months ago

If you need hands I am here and willing to help

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