We were all stunned and incredibly saddened when we heard that early this morning, a fire destroyed the barn Boyd Martin rented from Phillip Dutton Eventing at True Prospect Farm. Boyd lost six horses from his program in the fire; four others are at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center undergoing treatment. We applaud the heroic efforts of Boyd’s groom and two others who put themselves in harm’s way in their effort to rescue as many of the horses as possible. Our thoughts are with Boyd and Silva Martin, Phillip Dutton, and all the owners and riders who may have lost an eventing partner, and a friend, in this tragedy.

Trafalgar Square Books will donate 15% of all online sales at http://www.horseandriderbooks.com in the week ahead to the relief fund set up to help everyone at Windurra LLC and True Prospect Farm, as well as the owners and riders who have been impacted. In addition, TSB and Denny Emerson, author of HOW GOOD RIDERS GET GOOD, will donate a portion of the proceeds from the book sale and signing event to be held this Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the June Horse Trials at the Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock, Vermont. The book signing event will begin around 5:30 pm, at the conclusion of stadium.

You can donate directly to the relief fund by visiting Boyd and Silva’s blog.