Valley View Farm Tornado
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.
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.