[Reno, NV] On Thursday, January 19th, ProEquest Pro Julie Winkel’s Maplewood Stables fell victim to a brush fire that quickly swept through her 150-acre property in Reno, Nevada.
Fueled by winds in excess of 80 mph, the fire approached the property in midday, setting her home on fire. A total loss, Winkel’s home contained over three decades worth of priceless items and memorabilia acquired over a lifetime of judging, training and riding in the hunter/jumper industry.
Luckily, all 80 horses that call Maplewood their home were safely evacuated or moved to open fields away from the path of the fire. No horses or humans were injured in the fire. Just one barn was damaged, but Maplewood’s grand prix field was destroyed, along with fencing around the property.
Assisted by her group of 8 live-in interns, Maplewood barn manager Lyn Mundt and neighbors, the horses were safely settled at a nearby farm. Winkel and her staff are now trying to determine when it will be safe to return home.
Winkel is well-known across the nation as a high level judge and author of Practical Horseman’s Conformation Clinic column. She operates a busy breeding, training and sales business out of Maplewood farm, producing top sporthorses. Read more about Winkel here.
How to Help
In the coming days and weeks assistance will be welcome and appreciated as Winkel works to get back on her feet. Winkel lost all her personal possessions and the barn's supply of shavings.
To donate funds to benefit Julie Winkel and Maplewood Stables, send checks made out to the CPHA Foundation with a note signifying that the donation is for Julie Winkel to:
10153 1/2 Suite 391
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
If you'd like to send a gift card or personal message directly to Julie, she is receiving mail at the following address:
425 W Laramie Dr.
Reno, NV 89521
January 19, 2012. Looking towards the site of Julie Winkel's home from the Ali Shaw arena, Maplewood Stable. Via Facebook.