A fire at WinterSpring Dressage—owned and operated by Michael and Sue Thome—took the lives of nine horses on Aug. 10.
Around 10 p.m. a driver saw the fire and stopped to alert the Thomes. Although the horses are typically turned out overnight, a cool rain prompted the Thomes to bring them inside. The Thomes owned two of the horses and seven were owned by clients.
“[The cause of the fire] is still undetermined,” said Sue, adding that the barn, indoor arena and around $50,000 of equipment were completely destroyed by the flames. The barn was built in 2006. “It was in very, very good condition, and everything was clean.”
The Thomes started building the dressage training facility near Carson City, Mich., in 1997, and developed it into a full-service facility. Visit the WinterSpring Dressage facebook  page for information on how to help.