Hunter Jumper Foundation, Inc. Emergency Relief Fund Assists Hidden
Hill Farm After Tragic Fire
7, 2004--WEST BOYLSTON, Massachusetts -- The American Hunter Jumper
Foundation (AHJF) recently came to the aid of Chip Leonard and Morgan
Taylor, well-known hunter/jumper professionals in Alpharetta, GA.
Leonard and Taylor lost their stable, all its contents, and eight
horses in a fire.
after the horrific fire, Morgan Taylor still has questions about
its cause. Hidden Hill Farm is a family-run business. We all
live just a few hundred yards from the barn and we were home in
various parts of the house when it started. It was close to
11:30 p.m. one August night when Morgans daughter went to
look out the window as she thought she saw the red glow of brake
lights. What she thought was brake lights turned out to be the 12
stall barn fully engulfed in flames. While arson has been ruled
out by the fire investigators, no cause has ever been determined.
The barn was only a few years old and all electrical work was done
Morgan, who runs the business side of Hidden Hill, thought she had
the proper coverage, the insurance company claims that the building
itself was not covered as it was an exterior building used for business.
I relied on the insurance company to sell me the right insurance
policy, Morgan explains. Morgan believed the barn was covered
in her homeowners policy and no one from the insurance company
ever came to her property to see if this was the proper way to cover
it. Because of the ongoing dispute with the insurance company, Morgan
is not permitted to clean up the site. It is just a constant
reminder of this tragedy.
have been unbelievably kind and supportive, says Morgan The
horse community has sent us everything from tack to horses.
sister, Margee Koffler, suggested that they contact the AHJF and
ask for assistance from the Emergency Relief Fund. The AHJF
was just a Godsend, says Morgan. Their help has meant
the world to us. Morgan explains that Hidden Hill has lost
so much of its monthly revenue and that the Emergency Relief Fund
donation has helped greatly with their monthly bills.
its establishment in 1995, the AHJF Emergency Relief Fund has become
one of the most important and visible programs of the Foundation.
Through this program the AHJF has assisted dozens of horse people
in a wide variety of situations. The Fund relies on donations for
the financial support it gives to individuals and families involved
in the sport. The AHJF Board reviews emergency situations which
are brought to their attention, and approves distributions according
to the Fund's guidelines and the particular needs of the recipient.
consider a tax-deductible donation to the AHJF Emergency Relief
Fund to help fellow horsemen like Morgan and Chip of Hidden Hill
Farm. Call 508-835-8813 or e-mail AHJF@earthlink.net.
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