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We have long been involved with farms and horses. Elisabeth grew up on a farm in upstate New York. When living in England in her high school years, she began her life with horses, boarding a horse in Farthingtown and riding at Irish estates. In California, she has owned horses, which she boarded in several inland ranches. She is especially interested in dressage. Ron is from a New Hampshire family which, in his grandfather's generation, farmed and logged with draft horses. His grandfather, Fred Tobey, also raised Standardbreds that he raced under the banner of Lucknow Stables at Saratoga, New York, in the decades after World War Two. In California, Ron also owned and rode horses with his wife. He especially enjoys trail riding. Our farm in West Virginia is a life-long ambition.

For the past thirty years, most of our attention has been given to Thoroughbreds, Arabs, and Hanoverians; but recently we have become entranced with draft horses and Morgans. Elisabeth purchased a Percheron-Thoroughbred cross. The gelding had was sold from an Iowa Amish farm. Standing in a field at the sale farm in Temecula, California, shaggy in his winter coat, he looked for all the world as if he had stepped out of a cave painting in Lascaux. She named him, Mr. Bill.

J.D., a horse trainer who learned his trade on his grandfather's farm in Tennessee, trained Mr. Bill to harness and to pull a harrow.

Mr Bill and Trooper in field Jame
Dave Bailey, Feeding Coca Cola and a Candy Bar to a Horse