The catastrophic flooding hitting the broad coast of southeastern Texas has been tragic, and Sam Houston Race Park is doing its part to help those in need of equine shelter. Those requiring assistance are encouraged to call (281) 807-8790 and speak to a facility rep to get the process started. The stables are located at 7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77064, USA.
“We’ve got over 100 horses in three barns right now,” said Roland Tamez, one of the leads of the security team at Sam Houston Race Park. “These stalls do not have gates,” Tamez continued. “So horse owners need to provide a gate or stall webbing, hay, feed, bedding, tubs, and buckets. The track is providing water.”
Access roads to the facility are clear according to recent reports with roads off of I-45 in the clear.
“There are areas that may take three weeks to a month before people can get back into their homes, because that’s how long it will take for the water to go down,” stated Andrea Young, president of Sam Houston Race Park. “We’re prepared to help as long as we need to.” Those seeking equine shelter should not hesitate to reach out for help.
The Texas Thoroughbred Association has not received as many requests for equine shelter as was expected, but is largely due to the fact that most farms housing horses of all types are further inland and away from the areas that have been heavily damaged by the extensive flooding.
Those seeking to help flood victims can donate through the Red Cross, or via the crowdfunded resource provided by J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans which is striving to reach a new goal of $10 million.
Hurricane Harvey’s impacts will be felt for many, long arduous months. Anything you can do to assist, even if it’s a small donation, will go to helping those in need. If you are in need of a place for equine shelter, please contact the good folks at Sam Houston who will be happy to help.