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January 04, 2006

Franklin equine group assists hurricane victims

Franklin group gives donation
Members of the Franklin County Extension Horse Advisory Committee raised funds to assist hurricane victims with horses. Pictured from left are Martha Mobley, John Daniels, Thomas Cofield and Irene Ayscue (Photo courtesy of The Wake Weekly)

The Franklin County Extension Horse Advisory Committee last month sent two $500 checks to Hancock County, Mississippi, to assist two Gulf Coast horse owner families affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The committee raised the donations at its 2nd Annual Educational Trail Ride in November at Double D Equestrian Center near Louisburg.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension staff in Franklin County worked with the Cooperative Extension center in Hancock County, also known as “Ground 0” County, to locate two families who needed assistance.

One family had 33 horses. Seven survived the hurricane, but three later died. Nine are still unaccounted for. This family has Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers to “call home.”

The other family had six horses, and four perished in the storm. They also lost part of their barn, and their home was destroyed. Through the Extension Service, the families thanked the Franklin County group, saying, “you don't know what blessings we have received through this donation,” especially before Christmas.

Members of the Franklin County Extension Horse Advisory Committee are John Daniels, Thomas Cofield, Karen Becerra, Irene Ayscue, Diane Hays, Don McKnight, Wilbert Perry, Yevette Rothgery and Henry Shearin. The advisor to the group is Martha Mobley, agricultural Extension agent, Franklin County. For more information on the Franklin County Extension Horse Advisory Committee, call 919.496.3344.

Posted by Natalie at January 4, 2006 09:06 AM