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The midwest ice storm has caused power failures and road blocks and   stud farms are working in treacherous conditions



Kentucky stud farms beat the ice storm

THE ice storm which hit midwest America this week was at its fiercest over Kentucky and has left a half a million homes, including some of the biggest studs and horse farms in the country, are still without power.

Studs are coping as best they can in the treacherous icy conditions. Most are without electricity and are clearing the numerous trees and branches around the farms which have caused broken fences and blocked roads. Generators have provided vital power through this busy time of year and spotlights brought into use for night foalings.

Many of the offices are still without phone and internet lines and Taylor Made Farm has come up with an interesting way to ensure that clients could get in contact - the farm ran anadvert in the TDN giving out cell phone numbers for its appropriate staff.

Case Clay, president of Three Chimneys Farm, said his staff spent much of Thursday morning repairing fences that were knocked over by fallen limbs. Two of Three Chimneys’s divisions were without power.

“We’re getting through it. We’ve actually been lucky,” Clay said to the “We haven’t had any property damage as far as buildings or cars. A huge limb fell and just missed one of our trucks last night.

“The good thing is the horses are safe. We kept them in for two days, and we turned them out today. We’re making sure our automatic waterers are working.

“A lot of our phone calls have been Smarty Jones fans calling to see if he’s safe."

Kentucky governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency,and President Obama declared federal disaster emergency for Kentucky and Arkansas.

However, American Horse Council president Jay Hickey said it was too early for farms to receive any federal disaster relief from the ice storm.

Officials at E.ON U.S., which owns Louisville Gas and Electric Co and Kentucky Utilities Co, said it could take up to two weeks to restore service throughout the state.

Temperatures in Louisville are expected to remain below zero celsius over the weekend.






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