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Back in March, the Vail
Meadows Equestrian Center took a loss like no other.
10 of their therapeutic horses, along with several other animals,
were killed in an overnight barn fire.
6 months later things are getting back to normal.
On Saturday, the Center held an open house to thank their
Vail Meadow officials say this was done as a way of thanking the
community for their unending support and dedication after the fire.
"The program is up and running well," said Boarding
Director, Earnie Dickens."Things are as normal as possible."
He credits the community for the Center's recovery.
"The thing about this place is we couldn't run it at all if
it wasn't for our volunteers. From the old ones down to the young ones,"
said Mr. Dickens.
That's why the Center held a free open house to show their
appreciation on Saturday.
Dickens says, since the
tragic fire, some valuable donations have come in.
"All of the horses we have, have been donated. A lot of people will have a horse that they can no longer take care of and ask
us if we can use it," said Mr. Dickens.
Because of this the
program now has 8 new therapeutic horses.
They're currently looking
to add a couple more to replace the 10 that were lost.
"We're finally getting
back on our feet. We have all these horses and it's making the clients real
happy and helping out the community," said volunteer Jessica Rawlings.
Even though things are
getting back to normal the thoughts of that tragic morning still linger.
"You play back every
scenario in your head and I have no answers I wish I knew and I had a magic
button that I could go back in history and fix it but it's too late for that,"
said Mr. Dickens.
The cause of the fire is
still unknown, but Dickens says they're taking steps to prevent it from happening
As for the old barn, they
don't plan to rebuild it, but to expand on the existing one.
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