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Rally for Martine-SLR Horse Trainer

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Raised by 264 people in 5 months
Created December 9, 2017
On Thursday December 7, the Lilac Fire overtook San Luis Rey Training Center where hundreds of Thoroughbreds were stabled. Horsemen tried their best to evacuate barns to get both themselves and the horses to safety. Amongst those people was Martine Bellocq , a trainer who had six horses based out of San Luis Rey.

In putting the safety of her horses over her own safety, Martine suffered second and third degree burns on more than 50% of her body. She was airlifted to a specialized burn intensive care unit medical center where she is being treated. Sadly, Martine and her husband Pierre ended up losing two of their six horses in the fire.

Losing an animal is always tough, but for the Bellocq's this has created a devastating impact on their way of life. Martine and Pierre have always been involved in the horse industry. For them, horses are more than just a business--they're a way of life.

For those of you who personally know Martine, I think you'd agree with me on two things: 1. She ALWAYS puts her horses' well being before her own and 2. Her fierce determination will get her through this.

All funds will go directly to the Bellocq's through Stefanie Hincks, Martine and Pierre's daughter, and will be used for medical treatment and rebuilding after everything they have gone through. Thanks to all the employees and volunteers who have stepped up to ensure the safety of the horses in such a scary time. We are thankful for such a tight knit community both in San Diego and across the whole horse racing industry.
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Hi everyone!

Martine is a true rock star!

She has been making strides in her recovery. Now out of the ICU and at a new facility; she is practicing her writing, able to speak, eating food again (she’s even been able to have some sorbet, not ice cream but close enough for now!) and exercising her leg at the gym during PT. Unfortunately part of her left leg had to be amputated but it’s not holding her back! She’s anticipating the day she’s able to wear a prosthetic and truly get moving again. Her sense of humor and feistiness are perfectly intact as well.

Recently Martine received a Spirit of Courage award from the Burn Institute. We think she should have an award for spirit of perseverance also! One of her nurses said it best, “that is one determined woman!”

She still has a long road ahead of her but if anyone can do it, she can! Martine and the Bellocq Family thank you all for your continued support, prayers and love.
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Thank you! for your generosity and support for Martine--one tough horsewoman, wife, mother and grandmother!

This has been a very trying time for us, and there is still a long way to go. The generosity and support we've received and experienced has truly touched us and at times left us speechless. Martine is a strong woman with an amazing spirit. We have no doubts that she can feel the love and support coming her way. For this we are eternally grateful.

A spot of good news, on January 11th Pierre ran Eye of the River at Santa Anita Park. It was the first race since the fires and Eye of the River was a long shot, but found it within her to come in 2nd! We were moved by reports of the grand stand going wild for her! She ran this one for Martine.

Again, we cannot thank all of you enough. Words will never truly express our gratitude.

-Pierre, Stefanie, Natacha & the entire Bellocq family
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Hi everyone,

The holiday season can often be overwhelming , so we are extra appreciative of the continued support and prayers for the Bellocq family.

As we have learned over the past couple weeks, Martine has a long road to recovery ahead of her. She has had a couple procedures and her condition remains stable as the medical team continues to treat her as they can.

For the most part, Pierre is back in the swing of the things with the four horses at the track. Below is an article from the Thoroughbred Daily News where Pierre recalls the events of that day when the fire swept through SLR. http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/san-luis-rey-victim-bellocq-has-long-road-to-recovery/

Please continue to share the story of Martine's brave soul and hug your loved ones a little extra. The many prayers mean so much to the family and I believe the well wishes truly do help with recovery.

Sending my warmest wishes to each of you for a wonderful holiday season!

With love,
Katie
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Hi all,

Again, thank you for the continued support for the Bellocq family!

They just shared that although she is still in serious condition, she is stable. She will need several surgeries to get through this, but they are so grateful and appreciate the outpouring of love and support for Martine!

Yesterday Frank Finach brought his Bemer vet electromagnetic blanket down to Del Mar to donate his services . The horses instantly seemed relaxed during the treatments! Pierre and Martine lost their therapy blanket in the fire last week, so having this service available to them was super awesome!

Attached are some photos: Martine smiling at a family event. Pierre and Frank working with Eye of the River at the barn.

Thanks for continuing to spread the word and sending well wishes!

-Katie
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