|George and I are both retired, George having had a
31-year banking career and myself having worked in various administrative
positions over the years. Although we enjoyed our respective jobs, we are
totally enjoying retirement. We are fortunate to be healthy and have the
opportunity to raise miniature horses. If you would like to read about how we
started our relationship with minis, click
here for Our Mini Story.
We have been blessed with two children, a daughter
and a son. The years have gone by so quickly it seems and they have grown up and
started their own life journeys. Our daughter married so we gained a super
son-in-law who fits right into our family. They have given us four wonderful
grandsons (including twins that arrived in September 2002)Unfortunately this
family lives approximately 4 ½ hours away so we don't get to see them as
often as we would like, but with the phone and Internet, it is easy to keep in
touch. Our son lives out West and enjoys the milder winters (compared to
Manitoba) We are very proud of our family.
When we were working we spent most of our years in
Winnipeg, the last 12 years on acreage just outside the City. This was where we
lived when we got our first two Minis. As the children graduated and left home,
it became obvious we could use a smaller house and a larger "barn" as these
little horses had certainly become a major part of our lives. With this in mind,
we decided to move to an area that was more conducive to raising these little
equines so the looking began. In 1996 we moved to a small acreage near Steinbach
in south eastern Manitoba. The City of Steinbach is a thriving community of
residents, located 55 kilometers southeast of Winnipeg at the junction of
Highways 12 & 52.
A total of approximately 50,000 people reside within a 15-mile radius of
Steinbach. It is known as The Automobile Capital of Manitoba and people come from many miles to purchase their
vehicles. The City slogan is "It's Worth the Trip". We think
We have a historic house, built in 1906, situated on our property that is still just
like when it was last lived in. This is a major conversation piece and has some
historical significance as it was used to feed and house lumbermen and their
teams overnight while they traveled to and from the sawmills.
We have mature Manitoba Maple trees on our property
so we learned
how to make Maple Syrup.
This is a yearly event but we have missed a few Springs because we were just too
busy with foaling when the weather decided it was time to make the syrup. We
have an old cooker that we use to boil the sap down.
We get a lot of company dropping by to see the minis
year round. It is amazing how many people have never been to a farm! If they
come in the winter we have to explain that under all that hair, there really is
a small little horse! We also take our horses to various functions and
facilities and participate in parades in the area. They are always a hit and we
are happy to share our "Little Ones" with all. We have met so many
wonderful people because of our association with miniature horses.
Besides our horses and a few barn cats, we have a
very special dog called Buster. Buster is BIG and loves spending the days with
George and the horses, in fact I think he thinks he IS a horse. Our little
"Elmo", a schnoodle (miniature poodle and miniature
schnauzer cross) was our indoor dog but unfortunately died of cancer. He used to participate in a
Program at one of the local Nursing Homes and I have left this link live in
case anyone is interested in learning about Pet Therapy programs.
As you can see, we lead a quiet but busy life. We
find country living and raising our minis so peaceful and rewarding!!! If ever
you are in our area, give us a call and drop by. We would love to be your
"affection connection" and share our 4-legged friends with you too.
I hope you enjoy this little slide show of our