Atlanta, Ga. – Countless residents in the Atlanta Metro area are rising to the occasion in supporting a local horseback riding school and horse barn recover following a devastating fire that killed over two dozen horses over the weekend
“Our focus is on helping and supporting the community any way we can,” said Katie Holley with Cherokee Feed & Seed, one of the businesses doing its part.
This last weekend a fire broke out at Blue Springs Farm, killing 26 of the horses at the horseback riding school and boarding facility. The Forsyth County Fire Department stated that firefighters encountered a fully involved barn fire containing numerous horses.
The barn was reported as a total loss.
“Cherokee Feed and Seed has set out bins at their various store locations, making it easy for customers to donate products. Anytime that people want to donate products that might be of help in this time of need, basically, they can purchase them at the store and we’re going to deliver them weekly so we can make sure that horses that are still on the farm property are taken care of,” said Holley.
The owner of Mazi, a thoroughbred mare lost in the barn fire, shared pictures of her horse with Atlanta News First.
An online fundraiser has raised nearly $45,000 dollars in just the last two days.
Blue Springs Farm made a post on social media saying:
“As you can imagine, we’re completely devastated and appreciate all of the prayer and support during this time. We have already received so much support. Thank you all so much!”
According to the FCFD the fire is still under investigation.