On Saturday, May 19, 2007, Mending Fences, a racehorse owned by Robert and Linnette Miller, was racing the day of the Preakness at Pimlico Park. While in first place, Mending Fences rounded a bad turn and broke his leg. He had to be euthanized on the track. Heartbroken, the Miller family had Mending Fences cremated. His ashes will be laid to rest at a dedication ceremony at the new facility in his honor.
The facility itself also has quite a story. Once a world class, state-of-the-art equine rehabilitation facility, it sadly was the site of a tragedy in 2012. A hyperbaric chamber exploded killing a trainer and horse, and injuring an Intern. The accident left the staff and the Miller family devastated. The facility was closed until Mr. Miller could decide how to reopen it with a renewed purpose and meaning.
Mr. Miller had been deeply impacted by the 2009 movie Crazy Heart. The theme of which centered on a struggling, down on his luck, alcoholic country-music star played by Jeff Bridges whose life was benefited by going to a rehabilitation facility. The story inspired Rob to create a healing place that was dedicated to the service of healing wounded souls, horses and humans alike. In addition, the facility would be named for their beloved horse Mending Fences.