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Eventer’s Home Destroyed by Tornado

The horse community is rallying to help Alayna Gnagy.

All photos courtesy of Alayna Gnagy.

All photos courtesy of Alayna Gnagy.

On the morning of February 14, 2017 — Valentine’s Day — severe weather moved through the area of Houston, Texas, producing several tornadoes between 8 AM and 8:45 AM. One of these tornadoes tore through the property of Alayna Gnagy, an Area V eventer, destroying her home and damaging her horse property as well.

Fortunately, Alayna had safely tucked her horses and donkey inside the barn before leaving for work that day, which may have ultimately saved their life and kept them from harm. While her barn sustained damage, the equines weathered the storm safely. Alayna’s home, however, was not so lucky — the roof was torn off of the house, somehow leaving Alayna’s dog “Jake From State Farm” unscathed inside.

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Alayna’s good friend Alyssa Walker reported the damage to HN. “She is left with a ton of damage to her property, including downed pasture fences, debris littered everywhere, damage to the barn and her horse trailer and most importantly, no house or roof over her and her boyfriend’s head.” Unfortunately, the damage to the home — considered a total loss — is not covered by insurance.

“Alayna took a $300 barely-broke rescue horse and brought him up the levels, and is competing at training level eventing. She is a tough woman but I can’t even fathom the amount of stress she is under trying to get her life under control with nowhere to call home.”

“Alayna is a humble person who does not ask for help on her own —  but she is the first person to step up when someone else is needing.”

No matter our disciplines or individual equestrian walks of life, the horse world always takes care of its own. If you would like to assist Alayna Gnagy in rebuilding her home and her property, please visit the Youcaring page set up in her name. Needville Feed and Supply (979-793-6176) also has an account set up in Alayna’s name for feed and fencing supplies.

Estimated costs for demolition of the existing home is $2,700. Any other funds raised will go towards a down payment to rebuild a new house.

Our thoughts are with Alayna Gnagy and others affected by the Valentine’s Day storms.

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