Horses Die in Barn Fire

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The fire broke out just before 7:00 a.m. on the morning of June 19, 2007, at the 3-T American Saddlebred Stable, three miles past the Allen County line on Highway 234.

3-T Stables, owned by the Glyndle Tabor family, was filled with hay and quickly engulfed in flames.

Family friend, Cathy Gerard said the barn was full of mares preparing to foal. One of them was the mother of two World Champions.

This tragedy for the Tabor family closely follows another.

3-T Stables has been in the Tabor family for three generations. This morning 78-year-old Glyndle Tabor was distraught when one of the stables housing 24-stalls burned to the ground.

"A lot of family memories gone, but they won't be forgotten," said Glyndle's grandson Beau Tabor, who was quickly by his grandfather's side at the scene.

The Halifax fire chief said by the time they arrived, no horses could be saved.

"We started - they had an office there - knocking it down to save the records and books and stuff they had in the office. There was no way to put the rest of it out," Fire Chief Tim Shockley said.

Neighbor, Carlton Marr has many fond memories of the Tabor farm.

"We used to have a house right where the barn sits, for years and years. There was five of us - all boys - you can imagine how we all cut up and played," Marr reflected.

Friends and neighbors said it's taken the Tabor family years to produce this fine bloodline of American Saddlebred horses - many of them that perished in the devastating blaze.

"This has been going on for years, and there's been a lot of horses trained in that barn - sure have," Marr said.

One of the hardest things about this tragedy is, it isn't the first for the Tabor family. Glyndle's son Randy Tabor was killed two years ago in an oil tank explosion.

The family said through all the adversity, it will persevere.

"With two devastating tragedies back to back like this, we're a close-knit family and we'll move on from here. The good Lord doesn't put anything on you that you can't face," Beau said.

It's not yet known exactly how many horses were killed in the fire, but the barn holds 24 stalls and was thought to have been full.

"Just a memory and a dream really - it comes and it goes," Marr said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Tabor family has about 300 horses on 750 acres in Allen County.