It was one terrible and devastating incident that put Kristen Becker’s dream at halt for a while; she lost four of her dear horses in a barn fire earlier this year. It took some time for her to recover from this catastrophic event, losing four horses to fire all together is not an ordinary loss. The fire took the lives of 18 horses at Brookwood Equestrian Center in Bishop, Georgia, of which Ramses, Direct Flight, Moo-Llennium and Frankentraum - four phenomenal horses - belonged to Kristen. The pain of such great loss cannot be described in words and Kristen Becker felt like she lost everything in life.
No matter how much the severity of the devastation caused by the death of those four horses, Kristen pulled herself out of the nightmare and concentrated on recovering from this misfortune. She has this determination that makes her look forward to move on with life which to her is nothing less than being able to compete at Grand Prix. Moreover, Ms. Becker has the talent to train horses, build them up as she needs them to be as performing on the tracks, and she does all that with passion and expertise. The only problem is that she has to start all over again and she needs a lot of money to acquire the right horses.
Kristen was lucky; just a few days after the fire to which she lost four horses, Emily Wagner, whom she met previously at the USEF Dressage Festival of Champions in Kentucky, offered her a horse. That’s a good start! Therefore, she immediately flew to Emily’s home in Kansas to pick out the 2-year-old Wilhelm, who finally arrived at Kristen’s place during the month of February. In her words, the horse is as sweet as he can be; however, he was basically halter broke in the beginning. Nevertheless, as a skilled trainer, it did not take her long to train Wilhelm even though she thinks it will take one more year before she can start him.
Ms. Wagner was of great help. Not only she gave her a horse, she also aided Kristen in securing a sponsorship for acquiring items donated by Weatherbeeta and Smartpack. However, Kristen Becker badly needed money to start all over again and she was fortunate enough to gain a portion of the $20,000.00 collected from a benefit in the locality and from a fund on GoFundMe.com. Besides, from her insurance money, she was able to purchase Baldour, a 3 year old stallion from CT Malibu Sporthorses the transaction of which took place online. Kristen plans to keep Baldour as her breeding stallion.
Thus, gradually things are taking positive shape of Kristen’s life, even though she has to go through the most difficult times in her life. She is almost back on her feet now and by next year, she will be on the track with her horses. It all happened because she did not give up and did not stay frustrated for long; she is smart enough to realize that life puts on some tolls once in a while and you just have to face it, handle it and then move on.
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