Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Accounts to Assist Oklahoma Horses and Horsemen

In a joint statement released by the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, the associations announced the creation of a Benevolence Account for horsemen impacted by the storms.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Oklahoma following this horrific event," the organizations said in the statement. "There are many horsemen who have been affected by this tragedy and have lost everything they own.
"Celestial Acres, which rents out stalls to multiple trainers, took a direct hit along with the highly publicized damage at the Orr Family Farms. Both horsemen's organizations along with Remington Park in Oklahoma City are working together in coordinating relief to horsemen that have been affected by the storm.
"Both offices have been encouraged by the outpouring of support and offers for help from across the country; it truly displays 'horsemen helping horsemen.' Many of those horsemen have lost everythinghorses, possessions, tack and equipment, and their homes. They have many needs that cannot be met by traditional social agencies.
"The TRAO and the OQHRA will be jointly accepting donations for horsemen who were affected by this tragic event. All donations will be distributed directly to horsemen and their families that were affected by the storms in this area.
Those that wish to make a donation using a credit or debit card may the OQHRA at 405-216-0440. Checks should be made payable to either TRAO Benevolence Fund or OQHRA Benevolence Fund with "2013 Tornado" on the memo line.
Donations may be sent to:
     Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma 
     2620 NW Expressway; Suite A
     Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association
P. O. Box 2907
Edmond, OK 73083

For more information, contact the TRAO at (405) 427-8753 or the OQHRA at (405) 216-0440.
"We are still in the process of evaluating the need for additional help for these families and are working together with the Oklahoma racetracks to coordinate activities and support services for our racing community," the TRAO and OQHRA said.
Equine equipment and feed-related donations in the Oklahoma area can be arranged by calling Red Earth Feed & Tack at (405) 478-3424. 

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