Barn fire in Lincoln, California

We received this note from Dennis Dean, ApHC director, about a tragedy in California. Not sure of original author.

Reined working cow horse and cutting trainer Doug Ingersoll (Lincoln, California) lost a 4000 square foot barn with all their tack and 12 horses in an early morning fire on Friday the 23rd. Apparently Doug had to be tackled by the fire crews to prevent him from trying to go into the barn…there was just no way to save the horses, who likely died of smoke inhalation before flames. There were no human injuries, 1 of the horses that was killed belonged to Doug, the others apparently were client horses. His other barn housed 8 horses and they were not affected by the fire. He & Debbie have lost all of their tack and equipment.

According to Deb Shatley, if anyone has had cutters or reiners you probably have an idea what he needs…however he does work young horses and uses plain snaffles, wire snaffles, etc. If you have something you wish to donate please call or email Deb first so she can determine if the item is still needed. Deb’s phone # is 916-768-6837 and email

They do not know what caused the fire, and it is being investigated.

It has been reported that Sun Circuit is already doing a fundraiser for them which is going on now and NRCHA is also lining up some benefits. MD Barns has contacted them already and want to help in the rebuild.

A fund has been set up at Bank of America: Doug & Debbie Ingersoll Fire Fund, Account number 08829-70156. People can apparently make a deposit for them at any B of A, or send their checks to Debbie Shatley, P. O. Box 519, Lincoln, CA 95648.

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