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Michiana Stables help stranded travelers


For most people, if your car breaks down on a road trip you can just check into a hotel until it's fixed.  But not if you're traveling with 10 people and 12 horses.  A group of Native Americans traveling the country broke down in Elkhart last night.  They didn't know anyone in the area or what to do but the community quickly came to their aid.

Travis Mazawasicuna and his group from Manitoba, Canada are on what they call "The Unity Ride."  They left New York and were headed for an event in Minnesota when their truck broke down on the toll road in Elkhart.  "We broke down and all of a sudden what are we going to do?"

They were in a strange town, with 12 horses in trailers, and traffic whizzing by.  Luckily help came quickly.  Travis said, "we didn't have to do anything.  Everybody came to the aid of us and we're thousand of miles, thousands of miles away from home."

One place that came to help was Smithfield Stables in Edwardsburg, Michigan.  When caretaker Shelly Burdette received a call about the group's predicament, she didn't even think twice about letting all the horses and people come to stay at the stables.  "It didn't really phase me when she called," said Shelly.

When the group arrived at the Stables Friday night Shelly told them, "make themselves at home, if you need anything let me know."  Shelly said this is just how horse people are, they help other horse people.  "I think when you have this many people in need and they have children and animals it's just something that brings people together."

Travis agreed, saying it's the spirit of the horse that brought them all this help from strangers. "It showed me there's a lot of kind people in this part of the country," said Travis.

The group tells us they found the parts they need to fix their truck.  They were planning to work on it Saturday night and get back on the road as soon as possible.



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