Oklahoma Distaster Relief

Groups collecting and distributing funds to assist affected horsemen.

Press Release
May 31, 2013

Moore tornado damage

Fundraising efforts by the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma for equine-related losses from recent tornados are still underway.

Unfortunately, as horses are not classified as “production agriculture,” few horsemen are eligible for state or federal agriculture disaster funding available to many rural livestock owners to assist with debris removal and barn and fence repair or replacement.

“Our fundraising will be targeted to help all horse owners, not just those in the racing industry, although we will take care of our racing people, too,” said Debbie Schauf, executive director of the OQHRA. OQHRA and TRAO, along with Racetrack Chaplaincy Equine Disaster Response pastors, are working to identify those individuals who were affected by the Oklahoma tornados.

OQHRA officials encourage those who need financial assistance to replace fences, barns or equipment – or those who know someone who needs assistance – to contact the OQHRA home office at (405) 216-0440 or oqhra@aol.com. The groups’ benevolence committees will gather information, document the losses and then make recommendations for payments.

If you’d like to contribute to help storm victims rebuild their lives, please consider these options:

1. Mail a check to:

OQHRA Benevolence c/o OQHRA
P.O. Box 2907
Edmond, OK 73083.

Mark the check for “tornado relief.”

2. Call (405) 216-0440 to make a donation via credit or debit card.

3. Make an online donation via PayPal (link), which goes directly to the OQHRA’s dedicated tornado relief benevolence fund.