A barn fire at an award-winning American Saddlebred farm in south-central Kentucky killed 24 horses.

There were 17 mares and seven colts in the barn at 3-T Farm in Allen County when the fire broke out Tuesday morning, Paige Tabor, one of the owners of the farm, said Wednesday. All but one of the horses were American Saddlebreds, she said.

"When you lose a barn full, it's overwhelming, but you just pick yourself up and find a way to go on," Tabor said. The farm has about 300 horses, she said.

Tabor said a worker at the farm reported the fire.

Halifax Fire Chief Tim Shockley said Wednesday that investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

Last year, Tabor's husband, horse breeder Randy Tabor, died in an explosion while working on an oil tank at the farm.

Randy Tabor, 48, and his father, Glyndle Tabor, won the American Saddlebred Horse Association's Breeders Award in 2002.