Barn Fire at True Prospect Farm

As many of you have already heard thanks to excellent reporting from John Thier at and the folks at PRO, last night there was a barn fire at True Prospect Farm.

Six horses were lost in the fire: Call Me Ollie, Charla, Ariel, Phantom Pursuit, Cagney Herself, and Summer Breeze.

Currently undergoing treatment at New Bolton Center are Neville Bardos, Otis Barbotiere, Catch a Star and Ambassador’s Rose.

Lillian, Caitlin and Ryan were treated and released from Jennersville Hospital.

Obviously this is a difficult time, and our deepest condolences go out to everyone connected with these horses. We are grateful for your thoughts and prayers and all of the messages and well wishes that we have been receiving from the eventing community. We will keep you updated as we receive more information.

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  1. Anonymous says

    This is such a tragic. All the best and lots of love to everybody!!!

  2. Prayers to everybody involved. Such a tragic event. Caitlin (and others) please do not hesitate to contact me if you need anything!

  3. So sorry; condolences and prayers to all involved.

  4. Anonymous says

    My thoughts and tears are with you today. Pam Chauvin

  5. Anonymous says

    My heart goes out to you and the owners.. this is so devastating! I hope that particularly Neville and Otis recover quickly!

  6. Marrinson Stables sends out their deepest condolences to everyone at True Prospect Farm and hope a speedy recovery to those who are recovering. We can’t say enough how sorry we are and that we are here for you.

  7. Sincerest condolences for the Martins and the all connections.

  8. I am so sorry for everyone’s losses — what an unbelievable tragedy. Sending my best wishes for healing for everyone involved.

  9. Anonymous says

    You are all truly in our prayers and thoughts. The horse community is a tight knit one, and they will pull together and help you through this as much as possible.

  10. My deepest condolences to everyone involved. This is such a tragedy — and every horse owner’s worst nightmare. I wish you all the very best as you recover and move forward. Know that there are so many folks out here that you don’t know personally who are praying for you as you heal.

  11. Holly Matt says

    So sorry for your loss. It is such an unimaginable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We all will help you get back on your feet, when you are ready.

  12. Fran Doos says

    There are just no adequate words to convey my sadness. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May those beautiful creature who lost their lives RIP. Again, I am so very sorry for your loss.

  13. Anonymous says

    So sorry for your loss, just horrible.

  14. India McEvoy says

    So sorry to hear this tragic news. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the horses involved.

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  16. Claudia and Scott says

    Boyd & Silva – Scott and I are devastated by the news – If there is anything we can do please do not hesitate. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the horses. CS&W Farms

  17. Amelia Halvorsen says

    This is so tragic. Thoughts and prayers to all involved. There really are no words…

  18. Elyssa Brecher says

    Boyd, Silva and company.
    Our hearts are breaking here in VA. I can’t even begin to imagine the sense of loss you are all feeling right now, but please know that you are ALL in our thoughts and prayers. We will continue to pray for the recovery of the 5 beautiful horses that were saved and pray for the ones who left us to wait at the Rainbow Bridge until we all meet there again one day.
    G-d bless you all……

  19. Anonymous says

    i know too well what you are going and are going to go through.
    my prayers is with all of you affected by this tragic event

    frederic bouland,phoenix,az

  20. Such tragic news leaves me sick to my stomach… Thoughts and prayers go out to everybody at TPF.

  21. Devastating. We’re all mourning right here with you. I wish I could write something that would help ease your pain, but I’m sure you’re heartbroken. Thoughts, prayers, and positive vibes to you all.

  22. When devastaion and heartbreak come… hope give healing as well as thoughts an prayers from others are the comforters. Please know that even we who may not know you personally are reching out as paart of the horse community to extend those thougts and prayers.

  23. Anonymous says

    So, so sorry to hear about this today . . . I’ll especially miss Ollie. Sending many prayers to all of you. So glad some were saved.

  24. Anonymous says

    What a horrendous loss.There are no words of condolence that can cover just how sorry everyone in the eventing – and horse – world must be at this tragic news. Wishing you and your whole community healing thoughts.

  25. Anonymous says

    i’m very sorry for your loss. my friends at Oasis Farms in Ohio also had a barn fire (they lost 23 of 35 horse). i can truly understand what youre going through right now as i was close to my friends horses. youll be in my prayers

  26. Anonymous says

    just a little thought…if u can hurt that bad then u know you loved that good.
    so so sorry…

  27. Anonymous says

    My deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with you in during this time.

  28. Anonymous says

    I am so sorry. Thoughts and prayers are sent your way. My deepest condolences.

  29. Anonymous says

    I am so sorry in the loss of all the horses you are in my thoughts and prayers God by with you. ted moore

  30. Anonymous says

    I am so sorry for your loss. You have our support as you go through this difficult time. My heart breaks for you. Kara Cassels, Encore Stables, NC

  31. Anonymous says

    Our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It is so painful to even try to imagine your pain and suffering. We hope you find something to help comfort you. Please know how much love from your community is there for everyone impacted by this tragedy.

  32. Anonymous says

    Thoughts and prayers to Boyd and Silva and all of there help and the owners of these wonderful animals that tragically lost their lives in the fire. Godspeed.

  33. Anonymous says

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Such a tragedy and my heart breaks for all of you. God bless the people who risked their own lives to save the horses they were able too!!! God bless and know you have many praying for all of you.


  34. Anonymous says

    Thoughts and prayers to all of you. Boyd, you took the time to be so sweet to my 11 year old when she was at the WEG. I’m so sorry for your losses, and hope the horses that are under care will recover fully.


  35. Anonymous says

    So sorry about what happened!! If you ever need an event horse you can ride mine! His name is Oreo!!:)

    Age 11

  36. Anonymous says

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. Prayers are also sent to those horses still at the New Bolten Center and to their staff for their speedy recovery from this horrific tragedy. So sorry for your losses.

  37. Anonymous says

    Words can never express sympathy adequately…but thoughts and prayers do help which go out to everyone involved. I was sickened as everyone was to learn of this tragedy. I praise the heroic efforts of Lillian, Caitlin, and Ryan to save the horses that they could. So many people are with you during this extremely difficult time.

  38. Anonymous says

    There are no words that can ease your pain at this tragic time but please know that you, Silva & the True Prospect Farm family are in our thoughts and prayers. And in true Eventer style, when the course looks hopeless, put your leg on and kick…it is what those horses would have you do for sure! Kick on…Kick on!

  39. Anonymous says

    Been thinking of everyone affected all the time. Just absolutely devestating My heart goes out to you all.

  40. I’ve never met anyone involved in this tragedy yet there are tears every time I read an update. My horse has been getting a lot of hugs. Holding everyone in love.

  41. Anonymous says

    Oh Boyd what a tragedy, I wouldn’t even know how to pick myself up and function after something so terrible. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the horses receiving treatment. xxxx

  42. As the breeder of Charla I read the news story posted by USEA holding my breath and hoping I would not find her name. It is every breeders dream to create a horse who will go on to great success in the competitive world and I was so proud that Charla and Boyd had found a partnership. It seems that fate has dealt a cruel hand again and as with my loss of Le Samurai I will grieve greatly for the loss of the little red mare.

  43. Lisa Borzynski says

    Deepest sympathies on this senseless tragedy! May you all find the strength to pick up the pieces and find your way forward.

    Somewhere…Somewhere in time’s Own Space
    There must be some sweet pastured place
    Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
    Some Paradise where horses go,
    For by the love that guides my pen
    I know great horses live again.
    ~Stanley Harrison

  44. I am so very sorry for the losses suffered in this tragic fire. Sadly, I have been through a similar incident and know how badly everyone is hurting. May God bless those dear horses that were lost, and heal those who are hurting physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

  45. Anonymous says

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers go out to you guys.
    Annie Schorr

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