Valley View Farm Tornado

$11,450 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 109 people in 54 months
Valley View Farm in Vilonia, AR and owned by Patty Hale, took a direct hit from the tornado that was part of the massive storm system that moved through yesterday, April 27, 2014. Her 21 stall barn and attached covered dressage arena were totally destroyed along with all of the horse trailers parked near to the barn. Her fencing and sheds were also wiped out but miraculously, the horses, who were turned out, all survived with only cuts and wounds. This will be a huge and overwhelming task for her to rebuild. This was a successful, busy dressage training and boarding facility that is, for the present time, effectively wiped out. I know that any help or assistance that is given would be enormously appreciated as she works to rebuild her life from scratch. I know she feels enoromous gratitude that all the animals under her care managed to survive but also feels a deep sorrow for the lives lost in her town of Vilonia, AR and the others who were affected. 


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An update to all those who donated to Valley View Farm. All of the sheds have been completed and are being used and appreciated by the horses in the hot (90 degree +) summer heat. The new pad has also been completed, where the new indoor arena and barn will be built. Materials will be delivered in early August!! Thanks again to everyone for their generous support, donations and prayers.
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Materials have been delivered and construction started on the sheds!! There will soon be some happier and cooler ponies at valley view farm. All of the generously donated funds have gone toward the building of these new pasture sheds, which will be the only shelter the horses have until a new barn can be built.
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Hi all! An update from Rachelle at Valley View Farm almost two weeks after an EF-4 Tornado tore through Vilonia, AR.
Fences are looking good after being restrung and are once again HOT, as our creatures settle back into their familiar paddocks. The multiple debris piles are growing quite large! Horses with injuries are all healing well! The little barn is being prepped for repairs - John worked very hard leveling stall floors and hauling, hauling, hauling! Temporary stalls have been built by the tractor shed and round pen! Our most awesome Farrier, Todd Bell gave up his Sunday to come out and shoe our horses! Patty's house has a brand spankin' new roof (just in time for the rain last night!) which looks great even without the beautiful, mature trees that were lost in her yard The storage trailers are all lined up neatly in a row - barn stuff in the 1st one, hay in the middle one, and tack/feed in the last one. The demolition of the barn and arena began yesterday as "the CLAW" starting pulling out roofing tin from the tangled mess. Patty was very happy that he was able to salvage some of the hay as he was tearing out the roofing and the horses were also very thankful for those square bales that were broken and provided them with a bountiful buffet (several are standing around in a stooper - like they've had a little too much pasta!) Kerry Evans, Jackie Wilkinson, and Patty Hale were working hard when I got there and Diane Whitbey drove over from the back 40 where she'd been debris pickin' most of the day! Jackie and I split our girl's paddock and went debris pickin' through their paddock for the 3rd time! Unbelievable we still found "stuff" out there! Turns out we have 4 totaled trailers; 3 gooseneck and 1 bumper pull - Patty's was declared dead today as well - still laying on it's side looking all pitiful.
Valley View Farm and all its family want to again send out a huge, huge thank you to all that have donated so far. The first round of donations is on its way to Patty via check to help pay for the building of six new sheds to provide shelter for the horses.
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An update from Jana, a close friend of Patty's and long time family member of Valley View Farm.

Hey Everybody! Patty will never be able to express her gratitude for or repay the outpouring of the generosity and help by friends (and friends of friends and also "the kindness of strangers")! Planning for the building of the run-in sheds for the pastures has already begun and they should be able to start next week - THANKS to you!! There will be 6 of them @ about $1500+ each. All monies will be used honestly and wisely. I cannot begin to describe Patty's frugalness and penny-pinching abilities. ha. Horses continue to mend. Patty's own mare, CC, leg injury is the only severe case. She will be fine but has a 50/50 chance of resuming her dressage career. Patty has been able to get storage for hay, tack and (a mountain of) miscellaneous barn crap thanks to the donation of both a horse- and a tractor- trailer. Most of the big debris is in giant piles. Where will the piles go? I don't know. The trees will have to be burned (somehow - 'cause Patty and I don't have a good track record for that sort of thing). Her house roof is patched and broken window covered and almost every tree is pulled up and lying in her yard still but arrangements have been made. Needless to say, she hasn't spent much time at the house in days. The insurance did total the barns and covered arena (duh). Obviously, it does not come close to covering replacement cost but I'm sure Patty's brain is working overtime figuring something out. That's what she does instead of sleeping, I imagine. That is the news today, May 1st.
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Karin Wilcox-Irvin
54 months ago

Jana tell Patty she needs to build a barn like Bean's former home in Ohio! If you're gonna dream, dream big!

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Margaret Warwick
54 months ago

Sorry to see the massive destruction. Where can we send financial donations to support rebuilding?

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$11,450 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 109 people in 54 months
Created April 28, 2014
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JS
$50
jihye song
53 months ago

hope this helps a little bit! take care of your horses :)!!!

TJ

Right up the road in Romance... Let us know if we can help in any way! Love to everyone at VVF!!

CE
$100
Caspian eQuest
53 months ago

The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart!! good Luck

PZ
$50
Paula Zickert
53 months ago

This is in conjunction with Geri Zickert.

MG
$50
Melissa Garner
54 months ago

It's not much, but every little bit can help.

RW
$100
Rebekah Wesatzke
54 months ago

Thankful that horses and all were safe, now hope you get a chance to rebuild and make it even better than it was!

Karin Wilcox-Irvin
54 months ago

Jana tell Patty she needs to build a barn like Bean's former home in Ohio! If you're gonna dream, dream big!

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Margaret Warwick
54 months ago

Sorry to see the massive destruction. Where can we send financial donations to support rebuilding?

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