It was with heavy hearts, lots of tears and years of hard work that we said goodbye to a wonderful family of horses who will touch our hearts forever. Our stud, Buddy, and his sister, AJ (bred for next spring), both from Grandpa’s farm; our brood mares, Flicka and Scooter, who were also bred for next year; Taffy, our 27 year old mare; and Sugar, our three year old mare, who was shown just recently at the county fair.

On Monday, July 22, a storm brought tragedy to our family. Upon arriving home from the Story County Fair we found our barn had fallen, and with it, 1,000 bales of hay came crushing down on seven of our horses. Immediately we ran to the barn, and upon seeing and hearing the horses lying under the rubble and unable to rescue them by ourselves, we quickly called four family members and friends. They, in turn, called for more and more help, until we had between 50 and 100 people (including two veterans) on our property trying desperately to save our horses. One by one, each of our horses either passed away or had to be put to sleep. All but one - the three and a half month old - miraculously survived after being buried amongst the rubble. Other survivors included a one year old stud colt, that happened to be in a fenced-in area outside the barn, and a 22 year old mare that was being stalled at the fairgrounds.

We would like to thank all the wonderful people who tried to rescue our horses, the people who came to our home on Thursday, July 25, and helped us save most of the hay, and those who brought water and food. The kindness shown from our community is overwhelming and deeply appreciated! Thanks again for all your help, thoughts and prayers following this devastating tragedy.

Darrell and Brenda Jewell and family