SALEM – Horse competitions resumed today after a windshear that tore through a portion of Salem just before 7 p.m. last night did an estimated $300,000-worth of damage to one of the big blue-and-white-striped tents and ripped two others at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show.
The fast-moving storm scattered tack and horse owners’ belongings, but no horses nor people were reported injured.
It was the second time in week that a windstorm hit Salem, the last time on June 13 when hundreds of trees were toppled and even electric customers in usually stable Salem lost power for a few hours and longer in Roanoke County.
Yesterday’s storm was accompanied by rain so heavy that motorists driving on nearby drive had to guess where big limbs were landing, they said, as they drove through a rain white-out.
Horse show officials said scheduled activities would continue today with postponed events and the regular schedule.
Bystanders who were not part of the show at the Salem Civic Center came to offer help, horse owners and trainers said.