DSC_0037On Saturday evening, April 16, an F-1 tornado hopscotched through Mt. Airy, hitting Paradise Stables 2 on Lime Plant Road and Linganore Wineries on Glissans Mill Road. Scroll down for photos of Paradise; click here to a link for aerial footage of Linganore from Fox News.

The tornado hit the lesson stable portion of Paradise, blowing up two run-in sheds and ripping the roof off the barn. Most of the schoolies were in the barn at the time, with one horse on limited turnout as a lay-up. The turned-out horse tried to jump a pipe gate and did receive some relatively minor injuries. All the stabled horses were fine, but much of the hay in the loft became rain soaked. Owner Elizabeth Winters reports that at least 45 people showed up the next day to help clean up. “The community was amazing,” declared an exhausted Elizabeth on Monday, not 48 hours later. “The farm is completely cleaned up, like it never even happened. I would like to thank the New Market Fire Company, Dixie Electric, Tom and Judy Smith, Monika and Colin Weirbach, Chrissy and Bill Shoemaker, LuAnn and Annie Cravath, Dr. Lisa Wagner, Natalie and Jeff McAndrew, Michelle, Terry and Jillian Hershberger, Karen and Kayla Grose, Brian and Katie Oler, Matt Shiplett, Dweight and Sharon Kitzmiller, John, Tammy, Matthew and Shannon Gerstner, Steve and Michelle Will, Gary and Linda Baker, Cheryl, Emily and Erin Horner, Angela Shaner, Terri Naecker, Jamie and Don Peterhans, Amanda and TJ Rhinehart, Mr. Tom Rhinehart, Ken and Dannie Winters, Mike Donaldson, Jimmy Daughtery, Maggie Winters, and Wayne Kitzmiller. We could never have gotten through this without them! All of them!”