Reno, Nevada - November 16, 2017
- Maplewood Stables, Inc., is pleased to announce the fall First Responders Horse Handling & Safety Clinic will be held Sunday, November 26 at Maplewood Stables in Reno, Nevada.
The clinic will be led by Maplewood's resident horse trainers and focuses on educating first responders and other good samaritans who would like to learn how to safely handle horses in emergency situations. The event, which takes place from 2 to 5 p.m., will
be free and open to the public, as well. Pre-registration is not required.
"After last year's Little Valley Fire that destroyed many homes and horse properties in the area and the winter's flooding in and around Reno, we believe continuing these First Responders Clinics is vitally important for the community. Our goal is to assist our local firefighters, police officers and other first responders and help them learn how to properly halter, lead and load horses into trailers," said Julie Winkel, Maplewood owner and operator.
Winkel herself has experienced the devastation a fire can bring when in 2012 she lost her home. Her property and barns also suffered major damage in January and February of 2017 when heavy snows and torrential rains in the Sierras sent floodwaters downstream and through her farm in Pleasant Valley.
Maplewood's horses were safely evacuated during both natural disasters, but Winkel is acutely aware of how important it is to have protocols in place in preparation for such calamities.
Since the fire in 2012, she
educates her staff on fire safety protocols, holds fire drills, and ensures that her horses are trained at an early age to easily and quickly load into horse trailers.
"After all we've been through at Maplewood over the past five years, I'm aware of the dangers these events have on the property owners and first responders," she said. "Knowing how to safely approach and handle a horse can go along way toward keeping everyone safer in an emergency situation, including the people trying to evacuate the animals and the horses themselves."
In addition to learning how to properly catch, halter and lead a horse, attendees may also experience loading a horse into a trailer and will better understand how horses typically react to fires.
"I was thrilled with the response and support we received last fall and this spring when we held the First Responders events. I intend to continue these community training sessions as long as people are interested in learning," noted Winkel. "With the Washoe Valley and Pleasant Valley areas home to so many stables, barns and horses, we want to help educate those who might help us in the future."
For more information
about Maplewood Stables and the First Responders Clinic, to be held Sunday, November 26 from 2 to 5 p.m., please contact us: email@example.com or (775) 849-1849.