Palm Beach Horse Communities Clean Up After Hurricane Irma

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The once tree-lined drive into Hampton Green Farm in Wellington became tree-littered from high winds from Hurricane Irma. © 2017 Ken Braddick/

WELLINGTON, Florida, Sept. 11, 2017–Hurricane Irma’s winds and rain left South Florida’s horse communities water-logged and littered with tree damage but no serious issues with horses and farms were reported Monday.

Although an estimated six million residents throughout Florida–including much of Wellington and neighboring Loxahatchee–were reported to be without electricity life was rapidly returning to normal. visited several farms and found that most of the damage appeared to be trees and shrubs downed by high winds, flooded polo fields and paddocks, a few “live” power lines cut making a small number of roads impassable but no serious structural damage and a massive sense of relief.

Palm tree leaning against the side of Palm Beach Equine Clinic’s new high tech surgey and treatment wing but appeared to cause no significant damage. © 2017 Ken Braddick/
Grand Champions Polo fields inundated with rain. © 2017 Ken Braddick/
These trucks and trailers sheltering in Stillpoint Farm’s covered arena in Wellington came through Hurricane Irma unscathed. © 2017 Ken Braddick/
Trees blown down on South Shore Boulevard, the major road between the Wellington’s equestrian preserve and residential areas. © 2017 Ken Braddick/
White Birch Polo near the Global Dressage Festival grounds flooded by rains from Hurricane Irma. © 207 Ken Braddick/