Improvements continue for the recovering horses at New Bolton

Neville and his favorite pastime

This has without question been one of the hardest weeks I can remember for the eventing community.  Despite all of the tragedy, Boyd told me today that everyone at True Prospect is coping with the tragedy in their own way but universally with amazing poise.  Our Abbie Golden asked to write a tribute about Phantom Pursuit this afternoon and, although I don’t get emotional very often, it made me cry.  One thing that continues to help spirits at True Prospect is that the recovering horses are doing remarkably well at the New Bolton Center.

Otis Barbotiere improved so much that he was released from New Bolton earlier today.  Boyd told me that he expects Minotaure du Passoir to be released on Monday, meaning that 3 of the 5 recovering horses will be out of the hospital (Ambassador’s Rose was released Wednesday). 

Neville is making amazing progress and the vets have taken him off of the breathing tubes for a bit today to let his lungs breathe on their own.  Scopes of his throat look better and better and Boyd told me that the New Bolton vets say he is making a remarkable recovery.  The first thing Neville did when the tubes were taken out was return to his favorite past-time: wind sucking (cribbing), as the picture shows.

Catch a Star is also looking better and better, despite a small colic scare yesterday, and Boyd said that both she and Minotaure du Passoir are in good spirits, along with Neville.

The fire marshalls and investigators are combing through the ashes today and interviewing everyone at True Prospect to try and figure out what started the fire, but the unofficial thought continues to be an electrical fire. 

Boyd said that everyone is slowly getting back into a program and the happiest part of his days now is the time he spends riding because of the welcome distraction it provides.  The fire took 11 horses out of the program and it sounds like the down time is hard to fill for everyone.

Boyd said that everyone will make their own decision about when to return to competition, but that Phillip suggested that showing solidarity and riding a few young horses together at Waredaca this weekend might do everyone a lot of good.  So, we will likely see at least a few members of the team out having a ride in Maryland this weekend.  

Boyd was very thankful about the continuing outpouring of support from the eventing community all over the world.  Friends of True Prospect from all over have traveled to the farm to help out in any way possible.  For the rest of us, donations through the non-profit funds such as AHTF and SCES to help replace the countless items of tack, horse care materials, furniture and food from the burnt apartment, and everything else that was lost continues the be the best way to support the recovery from afar. 

A note from Silva

Individual funds have been set up for Ryan, Lillian, and Caitlin

Go eventing.



  • Amy says:

    John, thank you for your efforts to keep us updated on the horses and everyone at TPF. Excellent, thoughtful, heartfelt reporting from you and everyone on your team. Abbie’s post had me in tears.

  • CanadianHayHead says:

    I have been trying to think of the appropriate thing to say … but there really isn’t anything.
    I am in awe of the TPF teams stregth and the poinency of their words (Abbie’s post was beautiful).
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all and with your horses

  • Drumriggs Irish sport horses says:

    Fire is one of those things that always happens to someone else, until it is you. Stay strong guys, sending lots of scottish luck to you all.

  • Amber says:

    This is a great article. I have been fortunate enough to be working with these horses at NBC I am amazed at their strength and courage. These are amazing horses with such an amazing group of people. I am so glad they are all happy and seemingly bouncing right back. The 6 lost will not be forgotten and shall rest in peace.

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