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An American Saddlebred Trainer Risks Life to Save Horses from Trailer Fire

Published Date: Oct 04, 2018

Granville, New York-based American Saddlebred and Morgan trainer Jaisen von Ballmoos of Fairview Stables endured one of every horseman’s biggest fears Tuesday, October 2nd. While shipping to Morgan Grand Nationals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma his trailer became engulfed in flames while traveling through Missouri on 44 West. Von Ballmoos heroically rushed into the fire repeatedly until he ensured he got each of the six horses he was hauling off the trailer. Unfortunately, one horse, a yearling, was lost later due to the horrific incident.  In addition to the young colt, the trailer and all equipment were lost in the flames. Von Ballmoos himself is now dealing with injuries and burns sustained from his selfless actions and will be enduring personal medical costs.

ASHA is honored to have an individual such as Jaisen von Ballmoos in our industry. Many will recognize him for his preparation of Rob New York (119067G), Far Away Tom Horn (125553G), Cutting Up (147806M), The Boogie Woogie Man (122994G) and many others or his daughter Emma von Ballmoos winning the Saddle Seat Equitation 11 & Under World Championship in 2016 with CH Meritage Signed Sealed Delivered (143049M).  ASHA wants to share the several fundraising efforts available to assist von Ballmoos, his family and his customers get through not only the Morgan Grand National but their future. The equine community proves time and again that it is a family that is here for one another in times of need. Please consider donating if you are able.

For immediate assistance, Terry Bennet Tack and Show Horse Tack are taking donations to supply Von Ballmoos with “wish list” items to get his family and their Fairview Stables thru the show. Please contact Marty of Terry Bennet’s Tack if you can assist 816-309-9823.

If you’d like to donate to a fund to assist them to recoup equipment, clothing and help cover von Ballmoos’s medical cost from injuries sustained by the fires please visit the GoFundMe page.

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