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Aiken’s Legendary Stable Rising through the Ashes

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Legacy has a rich history in Aiken County.

While buildings may have burned to the ground, owners and volunteers say there is a lot worth salvaging out of those embers. WJBF's News Channel 6's Courtney Elledge has more.


Workers and volunteers of Dogwood Stables salvage through their office remains.


A computer, important documents, and memories burnt to a brittle after an electrical malfunction.


Volunteer Tiffany Bryant says, "I saw the smoke coming from the sky, and my instinct was to come and help. When I got here I saw the back barn engulfed in flames."


Some legendary horses fled from the70-year-historic barn as soon as the flames ignited. Volunteers sprinted to the scene rescuing all 24 horses.


"I was actually going to Grace Avenue, and she had told me, I caught this one. She got the horse that had run out. You could see it was a little skittish; it was amazing to see how Aiken came together, "Bryant.


Besides its economic impact, this stable is a staple in the community.


"Every year a horse from here goes to the Kentucky Derby, all of the horses around here are valuable."


Ron Stevens Dogwood Stables trainer says, "People in the industry not only Aiken, know about this stable."


Belmont Stake capturer-Palace Malice even had his fare share on these grounds.


Only half of the stable remains standing. The owners do not have insurance, but thankfully volunteers are lending a helping hand. 


Ron Stevens explains, "Everybody in the horse community. Everyone has pitched in, and offered stalls, and paddock, tacks, and wheel barrels. Fortunately this time of year there are empty stalls in other barns, so we were able to move the horses."


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