Ryerss Horse Farm For Aged Equine Suffers Devastating Barn Fire - Upcoming Fundraising Events

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Ryerss Farm For Aged Equine Suffered a Devastating Barn Fire. No lives were lost, neither human nor equine, however the barn was completely devastated which now needs to be rebuilt before winter to provide a home to the 19 horses housed there in the winter. Below are fundraising events planned for Ryerss.

To help recover the losses associated with Ryerss devastating barn fire on September 12, 2009 Ryerss will be holding various events to help raise funds for the rebuilding of the new barn that was completely destroyed. Details can be found on the Ryerss Farm For Aged Equine website at http://www.ryerss.org.

On Saturday, September 12th, at approximately mid-day, a fire began at the upper barn located on Ryerss Farm. By the time the fire was extinguished, approximately 4,000 bales of hay were lost and the 19 stalls located in the lower level were left uninhabitable. Thankfully, no loss of life either - human or animal - resulted from the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Fire officials determined the fire was accidental. Although we have not received a final report, on the day of the fire, officials were focusing on the electric as the source of the fire.

The barn will be rebuilt for its use, providing stalls for the animals and storage for hay. Rebuilding will begin as soon as the details are complete. Ryerss Farm has insurance for the barn and contents. The insurance company was contacted promptly and is currently processing Ryerss' claim. The difference in the cost to rebuild the barn, replace the hay and equipment lost and the amount the insurance claim will cover is not determined at this time.

Ryerss Farm wishes to thank all who have worked to prevent additional loss. We are thankful all our losses are replaceable. In addition to the added expenses incurred for rebuilding, the daily expense of caring for the horses continues. In addition to the Upcoming Fundraising Events listed below monetary donations are greatly appreciated. Gift cards for Agway, Tractor Supply Company and Valley Vet will help pay for the needs of Ryerss' horses. The farm remains open to visitors daily from 10 a.m. till 3:30 p.m.
Upcoming Fundraising Events

Sunday, September 27th    Rita's of Pughtown - Noon - 9 p.m.    Rita's Water Ice, located at the Shoppes of Pughtown on Route 100, will donate a portion of all sales on this date to Ryerss Farm.

October 4th    Fall Fest in Malvern - Celebrating the Bond of Animals and People - Noon - 3 p.m.    Ryerss Farm will have a booth at this event, on Monument Avenue.

December 6th- The 19th Annual Blessing of the Animals - 2 p.m.    
A short, non-denominational service will be conducted followed by an individual blessing for all animals in attendance.

About Ryerss Farm for Aged Equine:

Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, a retirement facility for aged and/or abused horses. Founded in 1888, it is the country's oldest, non-profit organization, 501(c)(3) dedicated to the care of these majestic animals. Located on 383 beautiful acres of rolling hills in southeastern Pennsylvania, Ryerss Farm provides a wonderful setting for horses to graze and play, living their golden years in comfort and dignity.

Susan Gutshall, Administrative Manager
Ryerss Farm for Aged Equine


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