Hyperbaric Explosion Update: Equine Expert, Horse, & Horse Owner Identified


(From the Telegraph): An equine expert, Erica Marshall (28), was killed when a horse she was treating in an oxygen chamber became spooked and kicked out, sparking a freak explosion which could be heard 30 miles away.  Mrs Marshall, a 28-year-old newlywed, was monitoring a horse receiving oxygen therapy when the animal kicked through the wall of the pressurised hyperbaric chamber.

(From Thehorse.com): The United States Eventing Association (USEA) has identified the horse killed in the explosion of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at the Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center (KESMARC) in Ocala, Fla., on Feb. 10 as Landmark’s Legendary Affaire. The 6-year-old Thoroughbred gelding was owned by Jacqueline Mars and ridden by Lauren Kieffer. Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the fire officials that responded to the incident said 30 other horses contained in the building where the chamber was located were not harmed in the incident.

(From HBOTECHBLOG.com):  The owner of the horse, Jacqueline Badger Mars – yes as in Mars Bars chocolate happens to be one of the richest women in America and in the world.  #81 in the worlds richest people and #32 in Forbes list of billionaires in America.  She is currently worth 13.8 Billion dollars.

Jacqueline Mars and her two brothers, John and Forrest Jr, own $31.6 billion (sales) Mars, the world’s largest candy company thanks in part to its $23 billion acquisition of gum maker Wrigley’s in 2008. The candy maker’s most famous brands include Milky Way, M&M’s, 3 Musketeers, Twix, Skittles, and Snickers, reportedly named for the Mars family’s favorite horse. Jacqueline’s grandfather, Frank Mars, began making chocolates in 1911 in his Tacoma, WA kitchen. It was her father Forrest Sr. who invented malt-flavored nougat and M&M’s, over 400 million of which are produced in the United States each day. Mars has since branched out into consumer and pet foods with the well known brands Uncle Ben’s Rice and Whiskas under the Mars umbrella. Jacqueline is a trustee of the United States Equestrian team and sits on the board of the Washington National Opera, which recently completed a merger with the Kennedy Center.

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