Girl hosts lemonade stand fundraiser for horse riding school that suffered fire

Piper Martin’s horse was one of the 26 that died in the blaze at Blue Springs Farm in Ball Ground.
Published: Aug. 13, 2023 at 11:33 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - After a barn at a Forsyth County horse riding school burned to the ground a week ago, one of the students decided to take matters into her own hands.

26 horses died in the blaze at Blue Springs Farm in Ball Ground — including one that Piper Martin rode. The young girl first offered her piggy bank to help out. But with the assistance of her mother, she also put on a large lemonade stand on Saturday to benefit the farm.

“My horse meant a lot to me,” Martin said. “I was really hoping that we can do this lemonade stand so we can get a new horse, new barn, new everything.”

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Martin isn’t the only community member to lend a helping hand. Cherokee Feed and Seed set out donation bins at its three locations to help the family-owned riding school. The farm also launched an online fundraiser to help restore the property. So far, it has collected nearly $50,000 of its $70,000 goal.

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The fire’s origin is still unknown.