Farm owner hoping to rebuild barn in fire aftermath | Business
The owner of a horse farm in Le Roy that suffered a destructive fire about 2 1/2 weeks ago is trying to rebuild before the winter comes in a few months.
Garry Wilson of Garry Wilson Quarter Horses, 9420 Warsaw Rd., is trying to get a new barn built and is currently living on the property, said his daughter, Joelle Hernandez of Nashville, Tenn. He is currently living in a camper someone donated. Initially, after the June 14 fire, he stayed with a friend. There are broken water lines on the property, but Wilson was able to hook the camper up to a line that works.
Hernandez said Wilson is hoping to have a barn built by the winter. The animals are staying outside right now for the most part, she said.
“He’s hoping to have a barn built … so he has a place for the horses and a place to put the hay so it doesn’t get rained on and ruined,” she said. “His focus is getting the barn up so he can take care of the animals and not his house.”
Regarding the horses at Garry Wilson Quarter Horses, Hernandez said her dad doesn’t own them. People pay him to board the horses at his property.
“These are show horses. They (the owners) want a certain level of care …” she said.
Donations totaling $1,185 were reported on the GoFundMe site as of Thursday. Hernandez said donations of any will be greatly appreciated, but that she hopes the total raised is more than $25,000.
“I’ve posted the GoFundMe and asked people to share it. It’s something where if somebody wants to give $10, that’s wonderful,” she said. “I’m hopeful it goes above $25,000 because I know what his financial situation is.”
“I know there’s people in Le Roy who have stopped and wanted to help. That is a very simple way for people to help,” she said of the site. “He’s overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from all the people who wanted to help.”
Regarding the GoFundMe page, Hernandez said she and her stepsister, Kacie Ferrando, had not created a GoFundMe page before.
“We didn’t really know what to put down (for a goal) and I just came up with that amount,” Hernandez said. “I don’t know the price for corn. I don’t know the price of lumber. It’s not cheap, by any means. What supplies he lost in the fire, he could replace that for the animals. That’s one of the reasons why my stepsister and I did the GoFundMe.”
Hernandez said the house was attached to the barn and the barn to an indoor arena. The indoor arena, about 70-by-150 feet, had equipment in it and the barn included a garage and shop area. The garage included a vehicle and motorcycle.
“The indoor arena had 500 bales of hay that were completely lost,” she said. “If it happened in the winter, there would be more issues. The animals do need to come in the winter and they do need to have hay.”
“The insurance policy wouldn’t cover the contents of the barn or the indoor arena. There wasn’t enough coverage for that,” she said. “He lost equipment in the indoor arena.
“People don’t understand the magnitude of this fire,” Hernandez said. “It was a hay fire that took everything out because there was so much hay in there. This was a horse farm that went up in flames. People have offered to bring him hay and he’s declined because he has no place to store it.”