Kathy St. Martin and Jos Mottershead, owners and operators of Avalon Equine and Equine Reproduction in Wynnewood, Oklahoma have been instrumental in "paying it forward" to the warmblood breeding community for many, many years. They hold free clinics for equine education, spend lots of time helping others including large animal first responders in Oklahoma, founders of Leg-Up Equestrian Assistance Program, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to organize, develop, raise and distribute funds to help equestrians and equines suffering from catastrophic events (but not to themselves although goodness knows they are worthy of help) ... AND they donate a warmblood foal annually to help raise funds. Talk about paying it forward!
Now they need our help.
Jos had a very serious accident leaving him on complete bed rest after serious accident surgery a couple years ago ... depleting all of their resources plus putting them seriously into debt. They felt they could "work through it" but wouldn't ask for help. Then Kathy had a life-threatening situation involving becoming septic from a kidney stone ... that put her in ICU for 5 days just to become strong enough to put in a stint. After weeks of meds, rest and doctors ... she was scheduled to have the stint and kidney stone removed.
Then it really goes downhill ... Jos was seriously hurt moving steel and more emergency rooms, more doctors and more expenses on top of existing medical expenses.
Breandan Filbert and Cindy Neumann, warmblood breeders in the Kansas City, Missouri area, are organizing a silent auction to benefit Kathy and Jos. Incredible donations are pouring in from across the country. Breandan and Cindy are currently organizing the donations—please keep an eye on the Facebook page – Kathy & Jos Medical Fundraising (https://www.facebook.com/groups/kathy.jos.fundraiser/) for upcoming information.