The Miracle Chip lost in tragic barn fire

New Picture (1)Word has spread quickly within and beyond the Appaloosa community that 2006 Medallion Performance Sire of the Year, The Miracle Chip, was lost in a barn fire this past Sunday. Michelle Cianflone, owner of “Tommy,” reports that three horses were rescued from the blaze, but the stallion could not be reached.

As explained on the Tumalo Cascade Equine Center website, The Miracle Chip is the only horse in the history of the ApHC to win championships at the National, World and Solid Gold shows in two-year-old Western Pleasure. The 1989 stallion was sired by Zips Chocolate Chip (AQHA) and out of Bright Lites Lady (ApHC). He has sired a number of champions and the loss is significant for the breed.

Our condolences to Michelle, her family and to the many owners of Tommy’s sons and daughters.

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  1. Natalie Said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 10:08 am

    Tommy was a 1990 Stallion. This is a tremendous loss to the industry as well as my family who raised him for 17 years. Michelle is devastated and has also been added as one of our family members.

  2. Tisa Aley Said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

    My heart goes out to Michelle, her family and that beautiful stallion. Your hearts must be breaking. So sad… Tisa Aley

  3. Stephanie Said,

    August 6, 2009 @ 8:56 am

    Last year we had to wait to breed our mare because he had fallen ill. This year we had the most perfect and adorable (and huge) bay filly. We will be forever grateful for the opporutunity to own a “Tommy” baby. He will be a great loss to the breed, and so sad for his family.

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