May HDS President’s Message
Dear HDS Members,
The rain and flooding of mid-April had a serious impact on several HDS members and their horses, along with others in the local equestrian community. At this writing, I know of four dressage barns that flooded and had to evacuate. Thankfully, most of the horses are safe and uninjured.
We can be proud of the support the evacuated horses received from community members. I’ve heard stories of people wading or swimming through waist high water containing alligators and snakes to walk horses to waiting trailers in the middle of the night. Others opened their barns to provide evacuated horses with dry stabling. Some of the evacuated barns received equipment and donations to help replace lost or damaged items.
We can hope there’s no more flooding this year, but it’s certain there will be other disasters in the future. HDS is trying to develop a “disaster relief fund” for our area. USEF started a fund after Hurricane Rita, and it is available to anyone in the US who needs financial assistance due to natural disasters. If you or someone you know wants to apply for assistance, go to USEF.org for more details. At the very least, all of us should think about emergency preparedness. Hurricane season is approaching.
Thanks to all of you who helped with flooded barns and evacuated horses. You are our heroes!
Leslie Rohrer – HDS President