Photo by John Merchant

The University of Louisville Equestrian Team lost all its gear in an early morning fire Feb. 27 at a Prospect barn members used to practice. The 36-stall barn at Stone Place Stables was completely destroyed and one horse was killed, according to news reports.

“We have a lot of kids, college kids who ride in our barn; they lost all their tack, grooming supplies, helmets, boots … anything you think you would want for your horse,”  Debbie Snyder of River View Stables, which leased the barn, told The Chronicle of the Horse.

The team has received some online support from the University of Nevada Equestrian Team. “Our hearts go out to the Equestrian Team at the University of Louisville for their devastating loss,” they wrote.

Anyone who would like to help can donate at this GoFundMe page. To read more about the equestrian team, visit its Facebook page.

For more information about the team and UofL’s Equine Industry Program in the College of Business, visit this page.


Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.