Excerpt from the June issue of Heels Down Magazine:
By Sally Spickard
The powerful Category 4 Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico last September, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake, much of which remains to this day. With thousands of people still without power and basic supplies more than six months after the storm, Maria is widely regarded as one of the worst natural disasters on record in the country.
Among those affected were the animals on the island, notably the nearly 1,000 horses stabled at Puerto Rico’s only sanctioned race track, Hipodromo Camarero.
Quick to offer aid, Thoroughbred Charities of America, the Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare organization, and many other charities from around the world pitched in to assist the horses directly affected by the storm. This included flying some of the horses to Florida where they could be rehomed. A playful bay Thoroughbred gelding, named God Of Heaven, was on one of dozens of horses evacuated.
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