Family icon destroyed in Moore tornado


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Updated: 5/21/2013 11:49 pm Published: 5/21/2013 11:43 pm


A Moore icon for family events destroyed and its horses are injured or died in the tornado.

When Brandon Orr walked outside after taking cover from the tornado he walked outside the business office and saw where he grew up was gone.

"Everything on the farm was pretty much destroyed," said Brandon Orr.

He is the third generation in the Orr Family Farm and Celestial Acres horse training center. He says dozens of horses were injured and several did not survive.

"There was nothing we can do to save them," said Orr.

His mother is still in shock from the disaster.

"Still just trying to get over it all," said Debbie Orr.

All of the horse barns with more than 170 stalls were flattened.

"For my father-in law he is 80 years old and this is his baby," said Debbie Orr.

The farm is a place for weddings. Brandon Orr had his reception in one of the barns that is now demolished.

The train track now covered with mud and the pony rides are empty. Three were in the field and survived a few cuts but they lost six ponies.

"The one's we had up in the barns, we had six up in the barn and we lost them," said Brandon Orr.

However, the goats, sheep and pig in the petting zoo were unharmed.

The farm and the horse training facility may be gone but not lost.

"The time and energy and all the work my family has put into this place and my grandpa that's probably the worst part that it's all gone," said Brandon Orr.

Although, they lost their animals and their livelihood the Orr family knows the community is counting on them to rebuild.

"Our big season is the fall I don't know if we will be ready but we will sure try," said Debbie Orr.

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