Celtic Cross Equestrian Center rebuilds after wildfires

Posted on: 7:12 am, August 29, 2012, by

NORMAN, Okla. — Celtic Cross Equestrian Center in Norman is a quiet place these days, but owner Marilee Tussing still has a wide smile and optimisim in her saddlebag.

She did lose so much when wildfires swept through Cleveland County.

“My house was a total loss, we had a trailer house that was a total loss, we had a haybarn that was loss and lost a stall that was only two years old,” said Marilee.

With only one barn standing, Marilee’s continuing her riding lessons at the center, and trying to stay astride efforts to rebuild.

She still gives lessons and says she can’t believe how many people have tried to help her since the disaster.

In fact, the gratitude shows all over her face. 

“I have just been so blessed, and you know, God has been good to me and blessed me with friends and this beautiful piece of property here,” says Marilee.

Saturday those friends will help Marilee out one more time with a concert in her honor at the Historic Ritz Theater in Shawnee.

It starts at 2 p.m. Saturday and ends at 9 p.m., and all proceeds will go toward her rebuilding efforts.