Barn Fires Subject of ITA Seminar


Barn fire

The Indiana Thoroughbred Alliance will present an educational seminar July 16 to inform horse owners on how to be better prepared for barn fires. The seminar will be hosted in partnership with Horseshoe Indianapolis in the Family Pavilion of the grandstand, starting with a morning networking opportunity at 10 a.m.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 326 deadly barn fires occurred during the period 2013-2017. In 2022 a devastating fire hurt the Indiana Thoroughbred breeding industry when one Indiana farm burned to the ground.

In an effort to turn a tragedy into a positive, the ITA will be sharing what has been learned in the aftermath of recent barn fires.

“That's why we chose the topics that are being covered in this seminar, because we learned so much from the fire and had no idea what we didn't know,” said Susan Burger, ITA board member and Thoroughbred farm owner.

Peter Sacopulos, who has specialized in equine and real estate law, will discuss the legal ramifications of a barn fire. Sacopulos is a member of the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

The insurance information you didn't know you needed to know will be presented by horsewoman and insurance expert Kim Green with Schuetz Insurance Services. Horse owners will learn about emergency triage and what to do with the animals in the midst of the fire with Denise Fletcher. And, finally, member of ATF and horsewoman Cassandra Jones will share tips on what you can do to prevent and battle barn fires.

Attendees will be treated to lunch on the breezeway of Horseshoe Indianapolis and everyone will eligible for giveaways provided by sponsors such as the ITA, Finish Line Horse Products, the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana, the Indiana Standardbred Association, Murphy Trailer Sales and others.

Free registration is required and can be made here.

The ITA is currently working on livestreaming the seminar. Updates will be posted on the ITA Facebook page:

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