Barn Fire Kills 5 Horses including Police Horse

Police Horse Among 5 Killed in Indiana Barn Fire

Davis Ranch

A barn fire in southern Indiana killed five horses, including a police horse.

Around 3 a.m. Saturday, someone driving by Davis Ranch, in Hardinsburg, stopped to alert the owner regarding a barn fire.

Churchill the Police Horse Perished in Indiana Barn Fire

Despite the flames, ranch owner David Davis was able to save four horses and a cow. Five horses perished in the fire.

One of the horses that didn’t make it out of the blaze was 3-year-old Churchill. The Churchill Downs Foundation recently donated the horse to the Mounted Patrol Unit of Louisville Metro Police. Davis, a horse trainer, was putting additional training on the gelding.

Davis also lost his famous trick horse, Crusader. The 7-year-old stallion performed his liberty act at Breyerfest and the Derby Parade yearly for fans.

Horse Trainer David Davis and Trick Horse Crusader
Crusader perished in the fire.

“The past 48 hours have been a blur. The support and prayer from friends and strangers have counterbalanced the sorrow and shock; which leaves me feeling like I’m floating somewhere in the middle,” Davis said on social media. “But I am deeply thankful for every expression of help and support. Each one has helped strengthen me to press on.”

Davis also lost his hay supply and horse tack.

If you’d like to help Davis, you can donate here.

The official cause of the fire has not been determined.