Q-Racing Blog: Show the Love

Let's take the time to help each other.

Let's take the time to help each other.

Two of the basic principles of every religion and all beliefs are to love and help one another.

Unfortunately, it seems it often takes a disaster to bring out these most admirable traits in people.

On December 7, the Lilac Fire in California started near San Luis Rey Training Center, which was constructed by the Vessels family, in northern San Diego County. Within minutes, the raging wind-blown inferno was threatening the training facility that holds hundreds of Thoroughbreds in training. There was an even larger number of horses used as personal mounts or show horses in the surrounding area. This is a horse community.

As you’ve probably heard, the fire hit San Luis Rey hard and fast. Thoroughbreds were just turned loose and their herd and flight DNA may have saved their lives. Horses were vanned to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club barns. There were problems when some empty vans had trouble getting to the training center to pick up a load.

There are about 260 Thoroughbreds and 300 other horses at Del Mar, as of this writing.

This was the backdrop for people loving one another (and horses) and people helping one another.

Backside workers instantly transformed into super humans. They were tranquilizing horses and loading them into vans. When there weren’t any vans, they went into burning barns to turn the horses loose. Some horses considered their stall home and didn’t want to leave. The superheroes got them out and turned them loose. A few were running around on fire.

Nearly 50 racehorses died as a result of the fire, but there were no human deaths. Trainer Martine Bellocq was burned over half of her body while trying to save her horses. Help her at https://www.gofundme.com/rallyformartinebellocq.

Also contribute to help the horses and people at https://www.gofundme.com/thoroughbredcare.

This holiday season, put yourself in the place of a groom who lost everything in the fire and fought within the raging flames to help save horses. They didn’t care who the trainer of the horse was, they risked their lives to save horses. Love them, help them.

This is only one of many notable examples worldwide.

Hurricane Harvey blasted the Houston area in August and, in some spots, dropped more than 60 inches of rain over an urban area. The water had no place to go but up. There were at least 91 confirmed deaths and the cost is estimated to reach the $200-billion mark.

Once again, it came down to people loving and helping one another. Television helicopters showed people stranded on roofs and someone in a small boat coming to rescue them. I doubt if any stranded person asked the boat pilot if he or she was a Republican or Democrat, or Baptist, Jew, Buddhist or Muslim.

People turned into superheroes.

A culture-changing event occurred on September 11, 2001, when terrorists destroyed the two 1,360-foot-tall World Trade Center buildings. Nearly 3,000 people died, including 412 emergency workers. Some of these responders were running into the burning buildings that in a few minutes became a seven-story pile of rubble. Steel workers, some of whom had helped build the buildings, responded with their tools and said, “You’re going to need us.”

People loving people. People helping people.

Instead of buying another stocking stuffer, try a Go Fund Me donation to help these heroes and horses.

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