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Author Topic: OT: Devastating Oklahoma Tornado  (Read 892 times)
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« on: May 20, 2013, 05:21:40 PM »

It's a horrific event for those people. It's been a horrific event for horses too.

http://www.examiner.com/article/tornado-lashes-through-horse-farm-killing-75-100-animals?cid=rss
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2013, 07:01:07 PM »

http://www.orrfamilyfarm.com/

https://www.facebook.com/OrrFamilyFarm

http://kfor.com/2013/05/20/moore-man-survives-tornado-in-horse-stall/
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2013, 08:58:57 PM »

Have some additional information.

"Tragically, horses at Celestial Acres, a 106-acre racehorse breeding and training center, were killed in the tornado. The Orr Family Farm, a public agriculture center for family education and entertainment located on the Celestial Acres grounds, was destroyed."

"A web search for Celestial Acres discloses that the facility had produced top-selling Thoroughbred yearlings at the Oklahoma sales and the center’s name is seen repeatedly listed as the breeder of winning horses at Remington Park."

http://blogs.equisearch.com/horsehealth/2013/05/20/thoroughbred-horses-believed-killed-as-tornado-strikes-oklahoma-breeding-center/
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2013, 09:44:07 AM »

From Remington Park:

*Anybody that would like to bring water, diapers, non-perishable food, clothes to help those in need, we are going to be gathering supplies at the racing entrance to transport today to Moore.

Our team already made one trip last night with bottled water, chips, candy, and sandwiches. Today we will be making another run. Enduring Brands - Bricktown Brewery have three Old Chicago restaurants in town making 120 pizzas to be delivered to Remington at 11:30 am.*

All our employees will be ready to help. All Please help us help others!

Let's make a difference together!
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2013, 02:44:00 PM »

From a Bloodhorse article:

"More than 100 horses are thought to have perished in the massive tornado that hit the Moore, Okla. area May 20 in addition to the human lives that were lost."

"The farm's stalls and barns took a direct hit from the tornado, which was estimated to be on the ground for 40 minutes as it demolished everything in its path. It was estimated to be 3.2 kilometres wide. Three and a half of the facility's five barns were reported to be swept away.
 
Vann said debris had been found on the Orr property from the city of Moore all the way to Tulsa, Okla., which is approximately 90 miles from the farm. "Right now they are going through and looking at just what they lost," he said."

"I tried to let some of the horses get loose and free out of their stalls so they'd have a chance," said Hite, who suspected the tornado was on its way moments just before it touched down.
 
"Hite said he works for trainer Mark Lee, who had several horses stabled at Celestial Acres. Lee trains horses that have won stakes at Remington Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Fonner Park, Horsemen's Park, and Delta Downs."

"Equine equipment and feed-related donations in the Oklahoma area can be arranged by calling Red Earth Feed & Tack 405-478-3424. Orr has also set up a Paypal account for those wishing to donate to the farm.
 
Celestial Acres is located 20-25 miles from Remington Park, which was not believed to have sustained significant damage from the tornado. A representative from the track, which is dark May 21, could not be reached.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/78408/more-than-100-horses-dead-due-to-tornado

And from DRF:

Thoroughbred trainer, Mark Lee, lost his entire 12-horse stable:

http://www.drf.com/news/trainer-loses-entire-stable-oklahoma-tornado

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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2013, 09:58:21 AM »

Account Created for Horsemen Tornado Victims:

I've read it's possible the breeders may be eligible for Federal help but this article says, "Many of those horsemen have lost everything—horses, possessions, tack and equipment, and their homes. They have many needs that cannot be met by traditional social agencies."  You would hope they also had insurance to cover some or all of these losses.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/78426/account-created-for-horsemen-tornado-victims
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2013, 04:54:13 AM »

 RIP RIP RIP
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2013, 09:34:25 AM »

Racing Dudes have created a video to promote helping the horsemen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOPLd2e3G-I
 
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2013, 03:59:32 PM »

"In a sobering count, more than 150 horses died as a result of the violent tornado that swept through Moore, Okla., on Monday. The number represents the entire community of farms that sit on the southern border of Oklahoma City, including Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses who were based at Celestial Acres Training Center.
 
Several organizations coordinating horse-rescue efforts, as well as local veterinarians and horse owners themselves, determined the number, said Joe Lucas, executive vice president of the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma.
 
“We’ve counted, unfortunately, 150 head or more that have been found [dead], were killed, or had to be put down,” Lucas said. “And that’s not just Celestial Acres. That’s the Moore area. That’s what we’ve gotten up to.”

http://www.drf.com/news/oklahoma-tornado-killed-least-150-horses
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