On the morning of January 6, Springcliff Farm, one of Indiana’s leading Thoroughbred foaling farms located in Martinsville, Ind., was destroyed by a fire that broke in the waning hours. Multiple agencies responded to the fire and it was contained after a couple of hours.
Owners Christine and Vince Cagle have spent the morning contacting broodmare owners to alert them to their loss as well as working with surrounding farms and veterinarian agencies to make arrangements for surviving horses. A final count of horses perished and those injured has not been made as of press time, nor was a cause confirmed.
Multiple fundraising efforts are being made to help the family recover from this devastating event.
- A GoFundMe fundraiser has been active for a week, with hopes of surpassing the initial goal of $10,000. All monies will go to a fund to help the Cagle family clean up and recover from the fire. You can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-springcliff-rebuild
2. ITA board member Nate Brannin is heading up a t-shirt sale, with all proceeds going towards the Cagles. The short sleeved shirt is navy blue and will feature Springcliff Farm’s logo and the words #SpringcliffStrong on the front. Online orders are currently being taken, along with the ability to pay a flat fee for shipping for orders not in Indiana.
3. Finally, longtime friend and client of Springcliff Farm, and perennial leading Indiana breeder, Michael Lauer announced on Friday, January 14, that he will be auctioning off a breeding season to Ready’s Image, who currently stands at Swifty Farms in Seymour, Indiana. The season will be auctioned off during the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Banquet on Saturday, January 15, to be held at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville. Registration for the banquet starts at 5:30 EST. Those interested on bidding on the Ready’s Image breeding season, but cannot attend the banquet can contact Lauer with a maximum bid by calling: 502-639-1536