For the second time in less than a week, the Roanoke Valley Horse Show suffered damage from severe weather.
A severe thunderstorm lasting just over an hour moved quickly through the Roanoke Valley just before 6 p.m. Thursday night.
The storm's winds destroyed one horse tent outside the Salem Civic Center, and damaged two other tents. We're told the tent that needs to be replaced was covering horses worth between $300,000-400,000.
Fortunately, none of the horses was hurt.
"Horses were scared, but they were remarkably calm considering that the tent, as you can see, is destroyed, and we just started moving horses to empty stalls, where we could find a place to take them," said horse trainer Smith Lilly.
"Everybody has pitched in," said breed manager Peter Fenton. "If you just take a look around, even non-horse people have come and said, 'Tell me what I can do, tell me how I can help.'"
As of Wednesday night, horse show organizers plan to make up postponed events, and the show will restart as scheduled on Thursday morning.