05/20/2013 9:48PM

Moore, Okla., Thoroughbred training center damaged by tornado


The extent of damage to a Thoroughbred training center near Oklahoma City caused by a Monday afternoon tornado was not known as of Monday night, according to a spokesperson for the facility’s ownership. It is believed Celestial Acres Training Center in Moore, Okla., houses about 80 horses, but the number could not be confirmed, the spokesperson said, nor could the status of the horses.

Celestial Acres is one of two businesses on a 160-acre tract of land owned by Dr. Glenn Orr and his son, Tom, said Tony Vann, a spokesperson for the family. The other business is Orr Family Farm, a popular tourist attraction that features a petting zoo, trains and a zipline.

“From what I understand, when I last talked to [the Orrs], it was highly damaged,” Vann said of the property.

Vann said there was no loss of human life. He said he had not yet received any information on the status of the horses. He said some of the horses at the training center were owned by outside clients.

Tom Orr is a longtime owner who has horses in training at Lone Star Park near Dallas.

Vann said as of Monday night, all communications have been turned off in Moore.

“Basically, it’s a disaster area,” he said of Moore.

Betty Devine More than 1 year ago
Check out Tom Orr's Facebook page, or the article in the Bloodhorse - a PayPal account has been set up for the Orr Family Farm, and equine equipment and feed-related donations can be made by calling Red Earth Farm and Tack at (405) 478-3424
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I thought I saw a race track in the near background fly-by shots the networks showed late afternoon yesterday. I worried about horses and staff workers when I saw that video. My deepest condolences to everyone injured or passed away in this terrible tragedy. My prayers are extended to everyone in Oklahoma and I pray for the horses and people at the training facility, and all of the dogs and cats in the area as well. They are often the forgotten victims in natural disasters. We all stand united with the citizens of the Oklahoma City area and it's suburbs, the state of Oklahoma, as well as all of the animals effected by the tornadoes, as well.
John More than 1 year ago
So true about the poor animals during a disaster like this ! Of course, human life is the utmost concern, but these poor animals usually get forgotten until someone gets around to them . Lets hope all of this sorts itself out and the loss of life is small. But, again, I saw at least 20 children died, now thats not fair ! God Bless everyone in Moore ~
ron More than 1 year ago
according to the live reports during the action its not going to be good.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Our thoughts are with All in Moore Ok...
Sidna Madden More than 1 year ago
Our news is reporting that there are around 75 horses lost from the Orr family farm. There are some walking injured, and they are being gathered up and tended to by a local vet. I've lived in Oklahoma my entire life, and this is the worst I have seen. It's really, really heartbreaking.
AndrewD More than 1 year ago
I remember when Hurricane Charlie ripped through South Florida. There was a cow pasture that just had all of the cows piled up against the fence. When winds are over 200mph, nothing stands a chance. A lot of people died today. Mother Nature does not discriminate.
thomas j More than 1 year ago
I wonder if building houses of cement and concrete as they do in south Florida because of the hurricanes would help. Would they withstand the winds? Maybe.
xklem More than 1 year ago
The elementary schools were built solidly of cinder blocks. They stood no chance against those winds. The best choice is to built solid basements and shelters, which is the only way to survive those storms. Unfortunately, you can't build similar structures for horses. And the reason those precautions are not taken is their expense. But isn't the value of life worth it?
Colette More than 1 year ago
DRF, can you reach out to any of the tracks in Texas or anywhere within a day's drive to see if they can help the Orr Farm horses?
Colette More than 1 year ago
I googled Moore, Oklahoma & Orr Horse Farm. They have complete destruction. There is an estimate of 75 to 100 horses dead & many more injured, some in shock. They are in desperate need of help. There are some Facebook posts regarding the horses on the Orr Farm. They are trying to find medical help for the injured horses & trailer help to transport the horses out of there. The phone & electrical lines are down & cell service is spotty. If anyone is anywhere out there who can help, they are in very dire straits.
jttf More than 1 year ago
that is 5 tornadoes since 1999 that moore, oklahoma has had. why would anyone want to live here in harm's way ? can we please build houses for safety, instead of how good it looks. it doesnt make any sense to build within one mile of the ocean (hurricanes), from rhode island to texas. we can save many lives by using a little bit of common sense. good luck to all in tornado alley.
Babette Cade More than 1 year ago
Before 1999, how would anyone have known that Moore would have 5 tornados? With all areas of the planet subject to some sort of weather related trouble and ensuing deaths, just exactly where would you put everyone? With virtually all of the US sitting on one or another fault line, where would everyone go to avoid an earthquake?
IndyOne More than 1 year ago
I guess people think it won't happen again but after 1999 I would have taken my horses and got out. Tornado alley.......no way!
jttf More than 1 year ago
if you are going to rebuild in this area. please build on the east side of a hill. most storms come from the west or southwest in this area. build your home at least halfway down into the ground. you can build up dirt mounds on the west and sw side of your home. this will have damaging winds over ride your building. never have overhangs extending off of your roof. winds build up under the overhangs and tear the roof right off. have boards on a swinging gate already in place to cover windows. this is just a beginning of how to build a safe home.
ron More than 1 year ago
maybe oregan or calif then you only have to worry about when your house burns down.alaska sounds good ask anybody who had a loved one attack by a wild animal.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Hey DRF How about setting up a fund for these poor horses and people?
Kenneth Jones More than 1 year ago
please do