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Horses fleeing North Bay fires find refuge in Woodside

Original post made on Oct 25, 2017

Among the evacuees from the North Bay fires were many just visiting in the Wine Country, including the 12-horse Grande Liberte equine performing troupe, their trainer and owner, Sylvia Zerbini, and her family.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 9:27 AM

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Posted by Anne
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm

This is a lovely story and gives more reason to have the Horsepark as a working, healthy resource for our local area. So many of our equines are housed in wooded hillside areas that could be made inaccessible due to rain, fire, etc. Having an evacuation area nearby is very important. Thank you to all who donate to keep this facility running!


Posted by Rebekah Witter
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Oct 25, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Another wonderful story of the horse community coming together in time of need. I got a 6:30 am call from a great trainer friend in Calistoga, Macella O'Neill, whose 37 horses had been evacuated twice and suddenly had to be moved again from Napa. The stable they were at had another 40 -50 horses needing evacuation. I called Larry Gimple (never having met the man, but knowing the HorsePArk had temporary stalls, etc.) and he did not even hesitate - he said bring them on!
I drove up to Napa, only to learn that other horse angels had answered the many calls and all the horses were evacuated, so the HOrse Park wasn't needed. However, friends Michael and Patricia Soffel trilered up after my call and brought out 3 horses from Yountville. Mark Wheeler, who had answered my call as well, drove up with his trailer and pulled out 3 horses from Calistoga. and Jiji Mello and Pat Cain started to go , but go the word all was covered before they got out of Woodside, That same day the Mounted Patrol Foundation arranged for 260 bales of hay and many bags of Equine Senior to be delivered to the rescue horses at the Fairgrounds. Then Larrick and Fawni Hill drove up to deliver horse supplies. It was such a wonderful story of unity and love and it was inspiring to see all those trailers lined up to help in smoke so thick you couldn't tell where the fires were! THANK YOU Larry Gimple for being yet another horse angel in time of need. This is what makes America Great! Happy Trails to all!


Posted by judy serie nagy
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2017 at 11:15 am

If any three people can work miracles seemingly without effort, it would be Larry Gimple, Richie Waite and Sylvia Zerbini. So very, very relieved that everyone is safe and sound. Well done, ladies and gentlemen!


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