Keith & Stephanie Guthrie
SOMETHING IS AFOOT NORTH OF TOWN
(OR SHOULD WE SAY AHOOF?)
By Stephanie Guthrie
If you have been in downtown Hutchinson during the Christmas season you have probably seen the horse drawn carriage traveling down Main Street on Saturdays. You may have wondered a bit about where the folks come from who do those carriage rides each year. Well, I am here to tell you about the best kept secret north of Hutchinson. The organization that does the carriage rides each year is Sundance Farm, a nonprofit farm (yes, there really is such a thing as a nonprofit farm) owned and operated by my husband, Keith and myself, Stephanie Guthrie.
We are based out of Inman, Kansas. But Christmas carriage rides are not the end of our story, not by a long shot.
Sundance Farm's mission is to put animals and people together for the mutual benefit of both. We firmly believe that, as Winston Churchill once said "the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person". Many of the clients and patrons at Sundance Farm have various types of disabilities as do our critters. But no matter, at Sundance Farm all are welcome as we strive to provide a fun experience for all persons. We are working hard to make our farm fully accessible so that each guest can personally go around and visit with each one of our 72 horses ranging in size from 29 inches tall up to the giant Clydesdale named Ben who weighs in at 2200 pounds.
Sundance Farm has several programs going on right now. Our Wee Wonders Program takes our tiny miniature horses into hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other facilities to visit. These ponies are highly socialized and love to visit with folks no matter where they are. They climb stairs and go into elevators so they can bring a smile to the faces of everyone Imagine the surprise when the elevator door opens at the nursing home and out comes a tiny miniature horse!
The second program Sundance Farm has developed is a driving program for the disabled called Wheels of Wonder. Sundance Farm is a US Driving for the Disabled Center and we want to share the joy of carriage driving with all persons We currently have two wheelchair accessible carriages and 6 of our horses are used in this program. Our wheelchair accessible carriage is easily loaded into the trailer for visits all around the state. Each year we go to Wichita to give carriage rides to children with Cerebral Palsy at the "Milk and Cookies with Santa" event put on by the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation. The children have really come to look forward to their carriage ride each year after they visit Santa and share with him their Christmas wishes.
As if that is not enough, Sundance Farm has recently partnered with Personal Ponies to provide ponies to terminally ill children whose last wish is to have a pony in their young lives. We are breeding United Kingdom Shetlands for that program. When the new foals are born they are highly socialized by taking them inside homes and rocking them in chairs. By the time the ponies area year or so old, they are as tame as the family dog, making them suitable for young children. If the child cannot have a pony at their home, we will set it up so that the child can come and visit their "special pony" whenever they would like to or the pony will be brought to their home for regular visits. Ponies in this program remain in the program for life even after their special child has gone on to be with our Lord.
There really is something "ahoof" going on north of town.
Steve & Patti Grant
THE GRANT FARM DRAFT HORSES
By Patti Grant
Steve and I discussed your request and we thought we would try to informally tell everyone a little about our "hobby". We have had horses for fifteen or so years; since we got married and I used to rodeo, show and train before that. Steve and I went to the draft horse congress down at the Royal about ten years ago and Steve was hooked. He was fascinated with the gentle giants and especially the Percherons. He bought a Percheron-quarter cross and as we were just beginning to stand a young quarter stallion we were already interested in breeding horses of our own. The next thing he did was to buy a young three old team of black geldings broke to drive and the harness to growth them. Then to a farm sale and came home with something that barely looked like the skeleton of an old grain wagon. I asked him, with it laying spread out on the lawn, just what he thought he was going to do with all that junk. He said, I'm going to restore it." To what was my next question? So being sincerely doubtful that this would ever come to pass, I got the camera and took pictures to prove what it looked like in the beginning. As time went on we added a large stock trailer to our growing farm equipment and a flat bed to haul the wagon to parades. I bought an 18.2 Percheron gelding to ride and the second parade we did in Dover we took 1st place. Steve made quite a hit with his wagon fully restored and every¨body dressed in period costume.
I dressed up in sort of a fancy saloon gal outfit (green and black lace) and towered over everyone on the parade route smiling and waving. We, my granddaughter and I entered in the Lawrence Christmas parade and I made us Mrs. Santa Clause dresses with white fur and red hooded shawls. I, by then had bought restored with Steve?s help an old, two wheeled Amish cart, which I took a week off from work to decorate with bells, pine boughs, holly and lots of red ribbons (on the horses also). We had a blast! Haylee rode a bomb proof quar¨ter/Morgan cross with ribbons and bells. We still have him and he is retired as he is thirty going on thirty-one in the spring.
Not to change the subject, but we built a rather unique barn with our house in one end of it across the road from Steve's parents old homestead place of 160 acres and we also acquired a small herd of cattle. We had also bought a two year old Percheron stallion and started to raise some babies of our own. We put in an outdoor arena and electric fence (as all of us know that draft horses can be really hard on fence). Steve works with his cousin and builds houses and a little of everything, so when we ordered the metal for this place, he had it all planned to have his cousin help him do the construction. We now have an indoor arena with our house in one end of it.
At the present we are changing our breeding program and are buying and selling to do some upgrading. Steve has gotten interested in soccer on horseback and is breaking in a new team. He is also breaking some other horses for outside people and working one of our yearlings and will be soon starting on driving him.
I ride my Clydesdale and we have a wedding to do in the spring, taking the bride and bridesmaids to the outdoor ceremony. I am really looking forward to the decorating and etc. All the prep work on the carriage and horse is so much fun.
We have 14 horses with mares due to foal next year. We are contemplating buying another stal-lion as we are changing our breeding goals. We try to sell pleasant, well mannered horses and we tell you of the type of person who should own a horse we have for sale because not only are the buyers going to be unhappy, but, so is the horse! We are in it for the pleasure of it and we really like to see everybody have a good time.
We have plans to try to put together a playday/trailride after hay season next fall. We hope to make a lot of new friends and great memories too.
I work as a nurse for Midland Hospice here in Topeka and the horses and horse events are a real relaxer for me.
Larry Clark & Family
My name is Larry Clark. I am the husband of my wonderful wife of almost 30 years, Terrie and the daddy of the apple of my eye, my daughter Jammie. I serve my Lord and my church family at the First Baptist Church of Clearwater as a deacon. I am a 30 year employee of Occidental Chemical Co. (previously Vulcan) as a chemical technician. We have been members of the Kansas Draft Horse and Mule Association since 1983 or 1984. 1 served previously as KDHMA president for six years and this is my second term as vice president. We live on 80 acres near Clearwater which we named Starry Nights Farm because of the beautiful star [it sky we enjoy so much.
My granddad was born in 1900 and passed away at age 92 and had a lot of great stories. He was the person that sparked my interest in horses with his stories as a cattle herder in the blackjacks of southeastern Oklahoma as a 16 year old. His stories of wagon trips from Oklahoma to New Mexico and as a share cropper in southern Oklahoma working cotton, corn, peanuts and cow peas with a team of mules or horses, got me interested in working a team.
I bought my first draft horse in 1982. It was a very honest Percheron mare named May, but I didn't know much so I really didn't know what she knew. Lance Fullertons's dad, Ernie, owned her prior to me, so I'm sure she knew a lot.
When I decided to try the registered horse direction, I sent the five major draft breed associations a letter requesting information. The only one to reply was the Belgian Corporation. So I bought a yearling Belgian colt. Buying a yearling colt was probably a big mistake, but this whole thing has been and still is a learning experience anyway.
I've owned some wonderful horses not all registered and not all Belgians. We even had an American Cream named Dolly; she was a true baby sitter. I just love draft horses. One of the smartest was Topsey, who was a workaholic that lived to 32 years old. I still have her daughter, Sally, now 22. She takes the bit better than any horse I've ever seen. Also, one of my favorites was our first stallion, SCVF U2 Rockit, who was by Orndorffs Supreme U2. Rock was always a gentleman and easy to handle. He put up with a lot from me trying to learn the breeding business. He died suddenly last year from an aneurysm. I sure miss him.
I'm not sure what makes one an official breeder, but with 10 mares and fillies and a new stallion, I guess I could be considered one and improvement is the name of that game. Although, with the horse prices right now, it's hard to get excited about raising more horses. Some of our mares and fillies are by such stallions as CJ Legend, HB Victory Supreme, BJ Supreme Legacy, HB Blockbuster Supreme and PVF Baron. Hopefully, I am going in the right direction. Our upcoming new stallion is Kelli Acres Mort by HB Blockbuster Supreme. I have been wonderfully blessed.
One of the most important things in all this though is the great friends the horses have brought us. I contend that draft horse and mule people are the friendliest and most helpful people in any of the livestock worlds. I wish I could name all the people that have helped me through these years, but that would make this much too long. From showing to working to purchasing to just good advice, the draft Horse and mule folks have been there to help. I very much enjoy the opportunity to be a part of the Kansas Draft Horse and Mule Association and serving as vice president. I always look forward to visiting with and working with my friends and making new ones in our association.
Lance Fullerton & Family
My wife, Trisha, and I live east of El Dorado on 80 acres in the Flint Hills along with our two youngest children Logan, 16, and Chelsea, 14. Our oldest son, Michael, recently married and lives with his wife Lisa just a few miles from us.
I am currently a Tool-fabrication manager at Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita and just recently celebrated 20 years with the company. I have also been an auctioneer for the last 16 years and am currently in my second year as director for the Kansas Auctioneers Association. I owe my start in the auction business to Howard Johnstone, who many of you will remember for operating the Centennial Farm Draft Horse Sale in Topeka for many years through the 1970ís and 80ís.
I was raised in the Quarter Horse industry, and although Quarter horses were our main focus, there was always a team on the farm for hauling hay, feeding, and other farm chores. I began driving as soon as I was able to hold the lines and learned teamster skills from my dad, who was a great teacher and also grew up farming with horses and mules in the 50ís. Due to the passion I developed for draft horses during my youth, I decided I wanted to raise registered Percherons when we purchased our farm in the early 1990ís. Our first registered mare arrived here at Fairview Farm in 1999, our first stallion in 2000, and over the next few years others were added as more mares were purchased and foals were born. We began showing in 2001, and one of the highlights of our breeding program to date was producing the two-time All-American stallion Fairview Rocketeer in 2003.
I still very much enjoy attending as many shows and sales per year that I can, and try to be involved with as many of the KDHMA activities as possible. For the last couple of years Iíve had the privilege to announce our Draft Horse show at the State Fair and have a great time doing so.
Hi. I'm really excited to be part of the KDHMA. Many of you may not know me... so here's a little info. I joined at the 2001, Fall meeting when I was searching for my first draft horse.
My husband Davin and I have lived in Kansas since November 1999 when we moved here for work with Exploration Place in Wichita. We were both born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. But, we've also lived in Cocoa, Florida and Boston, MA. Last fall, we bought our first house on 37 acres in Mayfield with the intention of having horses of our own & doing some amateur astronomy (Davin's hobby).
first started working with regular size horses at a hunt seat and trail riding stable in Boston. I've done more mucking of stalls and managing horsecrazy camp kids than I care to remember. I've ridden many types of horses. But my favorite horse at that stable was Duke, a retired Belgian carriage horse from the streets of Boston. He had no idea what to do in a riding ring, but loved booming along the wooded trails under saddle. I loved seeing the saplings shake when we rode past - and the perplexed look on the face of the occasional jogger as they quickly yielded the right of way!
ride dressage now, but am not competitive. I like the history and training principles of it. I haven't learned to drive, yet. But I fully intend to. That's a neat thing about drafts -- a giant blast to drive and you can ride them too! I did have a beautiful Belgian mare named Ruthie from Larry Clark, but unfortunately lost her to illness last year. She was a tremendous horse, and has inspired me in a lot of ways with her personality. Through knowing her, I fully intend to keep involved in the draft world & learn as much as I can about these amazing animals.
also find draft people to be as big hearted as their horses - and I look forward to meeting you all very soon! Think BIG!
Carriage Driving on Country Roads
My name is Pat Lynch. I'm a city "girl" from Buffalo New York who is attempting to make a living driving a horsedrawn carriage in Simpson, Kansas,. My 11-year-old son thinks it's pretty cool, my 22-year-old daughter thinks her mother needs to double her Prozac intake and my family back home thinks I've totally flipped my lid. But I know I've stumbled across a way to make money working with the animals I love, doing what I enjoy most, and helping my community to boot!
The town of Simpson, population 122, is a typical rural city of the third class in Kansas. We're hanging on by our economic fingernails but we still have a healthy bank, a post office, and a regionally famous bar and grill known as Trapper's. The restaurant has been successful because of the consistently good food served, in generous portions and the owner's understanding that people like change in their surroundings, if not in their food. When I approached Tony Prochaska, the owner, with my idea of providing carriage rides outside the restaurant, he knew this collaboration would help both businesses and the community. The rides are a way to keep people amused while they wait for a table or provide an excellent after dinner relaxation.
Folks eagerly ante up for a 20-minute ride around the outskirts of our little town. While they drink iced tea and enjoy the novelty of riding in a surrey with the fringe on top, I tell historically based tales about Simpson and it's citizens. My costume has a late 1800's to early 1900's flair. My team dresses up with a diamond n' dot parade harness and white-feathered feet. The Belgian/Paint cross full brothers, Jigsaw and Puzzle, attract young and old alike. I especially enjoy it when older folks come over to the carriage and start telling me horse stories from their youth. The far away took of pleasure in their eyes as they remember simpler times is my reward.
Visitors who enjoy the short ride around town can further their experience by embarking on a three-hour picnic ride. Jigsaw and Puzzle clippity-clop their way south over the Solomon River and into the hills surrounding it's valley. We come up over a hill and there, sitting on a blanket, is a picnic basket filled with fresh food and a cold drink catered by Trapper's! The riders can relax and enjoy the serenity, solitude, and subtle beauty of the Kansas landscape. Then we thumpity-thud, clippity-clop back to Simpson.
This city girl has learned a lot during the past year while setting up my country carriage business. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Jack Worman for teaching me how to drive. His tutelage has given me the skills, knowledge and confidence to work toward my dream. Thanks to all the horsemen (mulemen?) and women who've welcomed me into this fine organization.
Patricia L. Lynch
Country Road Carriage Rides
PO Box 154 Simpson, KS 67478
Email: Country Road Carriage Rides
Scott & Janet Schwindaman
Scott and Janet Schwindaman live in Wichita, Ks. Scott is an Executive Vice President for Lubrication Engineers and has been with the company for 21 years. Janet is a Registered Nurse and works part-time at the Wichita Clinic in Day Surgery. They have three children Tracie, who is 18 and just finished her first year at Kansas State University. She is majoring in Animal Science and Industry with an emphasis on production and management. She is going to try her hand at keeping our small little farm going this summer with our own six Clydesdales. Erin is 16, and is a sophomore at Goddard High School. Erin enjoys helping with the horses and showing at the State Fairs our family attends. Erin has an interest in teaching and would like to attend Kansas State University also. Patrick is 13, has had a very active year in sports in 7th grade. He played football, basketball and tennis. He also likes participating in the family activity. He hopes to participate in Junior Cart class this year with Sunny.
Our family is fairly new to having horses, as we made our first purchase nearly 8 years ago in December when Lady a 13 year old Black Roan Clydesdale came to live with us. Then 10 months later we got Fritz who is a big Black gelding that mostly claims Tracie. Tracie has worked with Fritz this past year learning to show in cart class. We now have a total of seven Clydesdales, which includes Zip a 7 year old mare who we are in hopes will soon be in foal for a baby next spring, Iris who is a 4 year old mare who is in foal now for an early April baby. Sunny a 5 year old Bay gelding who is our horse of different color as he is the only Bay in the bunch as the rest are Blacks, and Panola is our newest addition, she is a yearling Filly that we just brought home from the National Clydesdale Sale in April. We also purchased Basil a yearling stud colt that is living in Oklahoma for some training.
We are looking forward to this fair season and hope to see you at the fairs. We plan to attend the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in August, the Nebraska State Fair, Kansas State Fair, Oklahoma State Fair, Tulsa State Fair all in September and early October. Come by and say Hello!
Scott & Janet Schwindaman
My wife Dorothy and I live in Topeka. We both grew up in the Brown county area mostly around Fairview. We will celebrate our 52nd anniversary in August. We have three children.
The oldest, Steve, is married to Ann Davis and lives in Johnson, Kansas in the southwest comer of the State. Ann has taught in the Stanton County High School for many years. Steve and our second son, David, formed Parman Brothers, Ltd, in Johnson close to 30 years ago. They started as a wood working shop, building custom furniture and crafts they sold mostly at craft shows. Over the years the woodworking part of the business has evolved till the only wood product now is kaleidoscopes which are mostly sold wholesale to gift shops all over the US and in several foreign countries. Several years ago they became certified solid surface (Corian, Gibralter, Avonite, etc.) fabricators. They do counter tops, bathrooms, and a lot of commercial work.
While David is still somewhat involved in the business, he moved to Poquoson, Virginia about three years ago and married Nancy Witte. They have a daughter, Carli, who will be two in September. Nancy is the owner of a very successful business, Fiddlesticks. She crafts hair sticks and jewelry.
Our daughter, Linda is married to Grant Miller and they live in Temple, Texas, where she is chief of the muscular-skeletal radiology department at Scott and White Hospital, one of the largest in the country. They have a son, Luke, who was three last December.
Most of the time when I was growing up I lived with my grandparents on the farm. They farmed all their lives with horses about a mile from Fairview. I helped out there from the time I can remember and by the time I graduated from high school, had pretty much taken over the farming. We were one of the last farms in the area to use horses. My granddad was one of the best horsemen around and I learned most of what I know about horses from him.
was drafted in 1951 and served for two years. I really got to see the world; I got all the way to Fort Riley. Dorothy and I were married just before I left and after the Army, moved back to Brown County where we farmed my grandparent's farm and some additional rented land. Up until the mid 1950's it never entered my mind that I would ever do anything but farm, but after a disastrous fire and three severe drought years we had to give up on that. For the next several years I worked as a truck driver and mechanic. In 1968, I decided to try to get into the computer business. After some months in school, I was hired at the Merchants National Bank (now part of U S Bank) in Topeka. I worked there for 12 1/2 years, 14 years with the Santa Fe Railway, and 2 years with the State of Kansas before retiring.
Though all my working years were with mainframe computers, my hobby now is PC's. I am active in the Topeka PC users club and attend several meetings a month. I have three PCs in my office (Dorothy thinks that is probably more than enough). Since October of 1997, I have maintained a web site for the KDHMA. I enjoy this and have learned a lot from it.
Although I don't have any horses I have been a member of the KDHMA since the fall of 1973, I believe I have only missed three meetings in that time. I am currently on the board of directors and have served previously on the board as well as two terms as vice-president.
enjoy Draft Horses and Mules in any context, but my "thing", is to see them in the field working. One of the best events for me is Horse Progress Days. I have been to several and plan to attend again this year. I don't have any favorite breed, but if I were to go back to farming with horses I would probably choose Suffolks.
am honored to have been chosen as the 2003 Youth Representative. I have been involved-with draft horses since I was born. Some of my first memories center around our Percheron draft horses. It started with rides in the family buggy, sitting on the back of a Percheron, combing and braiding his mane, and riding bareback as Dad would lead us around Eventually, I took the 1ines and learned to drive.
In May, 1990, my family purchased Silver Chief Laet from Doug and Frankie Scott, owner of Scott Percherons, Ash Grove, Missouri. Once we purchased Chief, we continued to show him at various shows throughout the Midwest as well as parades, movies, and afternoon drives. I enjoy all aspects of working with Draft Horses from taking care of them at home to grooming, showing, or just an afternoon drive. For the past three years I have been helping and competing in Youth Classes for Ade Belgians and Scott Percherons. This year I will also be showing a team of my own Percherons--Bart, and Major, which we recently purchased. Bart and Major are big and black and all the way from Ferndale, Washington.
While growing up, Draft Horses weren't the only equine around the place, a stubborn, but loving pony, named Patty, has played a key role in shaping my driving skiffs, and a spunky Quarter Horse has allowed me to enjoy the world of driving. When I'm not invo1ved with horses I am involved with Cheerleading, Band, Choir, Show Choir and Forensics at school. I am also involved in Living History as well as Civil War Reenacting where I ride side saddle.
look forward to being invo1ved with & promoting the Association as well as the Draft Horse Industry.
J. L. Nichols
As the Vice President of the KDHMA I thought I should introduce myself to the members. My name is J.L. Nichols. My wife Jamie and I have a small place west of Murdock. We purchased it in August of 2000 and our house burned in March of 2001, so our plans for fencing and a new barn have been sidelined while we build a new house and try to get our lives back together.
Most people who know me think of me as a mule man. It is true that I do love my mules, but we also have horses and donkeys. We currently have 18 head of mules, donkeys, and draft horses of varying breeds and crosses. Over the years I have done many different things within the livestock industry: trainer, horseshoer, clinician, auctioneer, wild cow catcher, and cowboy. I just can't imagine life without mules and horses.
grew up using horses and mules on various ranches and have had some outstanding individuals, but have never become attached to one particular breed. I believe gentle is the best color and honest is the best kind.
We currently use our teams for various jobs, around the place: hauling hay, skidding logs for firewood, plowing and working the garden, removing a multitude of car parts and plunder that littered the place when we bought it, or just going for a peaceful wagon ride.
am looking forward to 2003 and the opportunity to host the spring meeting on our place. Anytime that I can be of assistance to anybody please feel free to give me a call or stop by and visit, the coffee pot is always on.
J. L. Nichols
Jack and Joan Walker
A Letter from Western Kansas
We live northwest of Goodland, Kansas and about sixteen miles from the Colorado border. The general culture is farming with not a whole lot of cattle. The main method of raising enough crops to pay the bank interest is by irrigating. There are several feedlots in the county and most purchase produced grains and corn ensilage locally. Those grains not sold locally are transported to the coast of Texas and to feedlots in southern Kansas to north Texas. At the present time many acres of sunflowers are harvested (hopefully) and are sold to the two sunflower businesses, one in Goodland and the other west of Goodland at Caruso.
Due to economic depression, horses and mules are a rarity. Feedlots, 4H'ers and those of us that are diehard enthusiasts still have equines. The majority of the farmers today don't know anything about draft horses and mules other than they are extra work to perform in a very busy lifestyle.
It is rather surprising that Colby Community College at Colby, Kansas. miles to the east, has a very good horse production program. Thus some of the old lifestyle is being carried on in a modem society. Let us hope that this continues in the future.
Joan (my wife of 42 yrs.) and I have always been involved with horses and mules and have a great appreciation for them. Over the years I have been a horse breaker and farrier and have many stories from the past. Lordy! Lordy! The messes one can get into trying to help others with livestock, especially those who never owned a cow, horse, or mule before.
At the present time we own five head of horses and mules. These consist of two saddle horses and three mules. The mules are a team of (mollies) Percheron cross that are bay in color and work very well in the harness. At least I think they work well, other people probably have different ideas. I purchased the team of ten and eleven year olds from Gary Newell last October and have gotten along with them without any big problems. When you have draft animals you always have problems. The third mule is a bay (molly) that is a riding mule. Everyone that has an animal of any kind has things that they hold in their minds as particulars. At this establishment the mules are known as the SORORITY and are referred to as the Tri-D's. They are definitely college educable because of their constant devilment. (Too smart for their own good.)
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the Kansas Draft Horse and Mule Association news letter. We have always appreciated previous mailings and being affiliated with the association.
Jack and Joan Walker
Lynn and Elva Penner
I have lived in the country all my life. I retired from U.S. D. 410 after 30 years as Transportation and Maintenance Supervisor. Elva is an LPN, working part time at Parkside Homes. She has been there for 22 years. We have three children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Linda, our oldest lives in Wichita. She is an associate pastor at Hope Mennonite Church. Her husband, Morris, works at Lowe's Home Improvement. Traci is a stay at home mother and has a daughter. Tiffani is taking classes at Butler, works as a para for the Goddard school system and has a daughter. Our son Gary and wife Terri live next to us. Gary works for the city street department. Terri works for the school system. Tania will start college at Kansas Weselyan University in the fall. Cody is a junior in high school. He also is helping Steve Ade with his six horse hitch. He hopes to be a farrier after high school. Diane, our youngest daughter, lives at Hesston. She's a stay at home mother and many other things. Her husband, Kent, has a business in Halstead, A and C Enterprises. Ashlee is a sophomore in Hesston High School. She plays basketball and other sports. Cole is eleven and ropes and rides in junior rodeos. He also loves sports. Ali is seven, and also enjoys sports. All three enjoy school.
I give credit to Jack Worman for getting us started in the draft horse business. In the early eighties, we bought three horses. This got us started. These mares brought us many good colts. All the colts we have raised have come from three daughters in our herd. We presently have six Percheron mares, two Percheron stallions, three colts, two Haflinger mares, and their colts. We also have five miniature mares, one stallion and four colts. Bird, 17, and Peggy, 16, are full sisters and still with us. These horses were in three Hallmark movies, Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark and Winter's End. Gary and I work several weekends and summer at Cowtown Museum giving rides. We have worked for the Bel Christmas Tree Farm in Salina for the last eight years. As you can tell with two grandsons and Gary's interest in horses, Penner's Percherons should be around for quite some time.
I have created quite a business buying and selling wood hames and harnesses. If you see me at a sale, I'm usually pretty busy buying and selling. I have had two bypass surgeries and have been happily married for 52 years. We thank the Lord for having been so good to us.
Lynn and Elva Penner
Gary and Terri Penner
Gary and Terri Penner
Mike and Danita Jones
HI! I would like to introduce you to the Jones Ranch Hands. Mike and Danita have been married for five years. Mike is the boss and Danita is the bosses' right hand. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren with another on the way.
Mike grew up in Smith County and Danita originally is from Oklahoma City, OK. They live on Mike's homestead in Harlan, KS. When Danita moved to Harlan she changed the population from 9 to 10.
Mike has a love of the land and the animals. He owns 4 Belgian horses and a slew of quarter horses. Two of the Belgians are yearlings. Mike hopes to add these to the trained Belgians for a 4 horse hitch. He uses them for work as well as for entertainment. He raises Angus cattle and farms, as Mother Nature will allow. He will be reaching his 50th Birthday In December and is looking forward to another fifty.
Mike is a reincarnated chuck wagon cook. He loves cooking off the chuck wagon as authentically as possible. His best meal, in my opinion, is the chicken fried steak, smashed taters, corn on the cob, biscuits and cobbler. He builds, restores and repairs wagons and wagon wheels. He restored a family wagon and made it into a chuck wagon. Mike hires out to cook for Cowboy gatherings, weddings and special events. He and his chuck wagon meals are an annual event at the Cedar Memorial County Music Festival on Memorial Day each year in Cedar KS.
In Mike's spare time he is co owner, photographer and carpenter for Sunflower Studios. Mike and Danita started the photography studio in 2000.
Danita moved from OKC to Harlan, KS to marry Mike. Danita enjoys traveling to visit friends and family. She enjoys scrap booking and loves to attend events using the horses and/or the chuck wagon with Mike. After getting situated from living in a city to living in the county, Danita opened a photography studio in the basement at their home. One year later, Mike and Danita were hit by a tornado that tore the garage and roof off the house with other property damage (no animal damage!). They decided the day after the tornado that it was a blessing.
God had provided a reason for the Insurance Company to help Danita build a studio were the garage use to be. Mike and Danita did all the work after the studio was framed in. In November 2003, the finishing touches were completed. We are happy to report the couple survived the project and are still happily married today.
Mike and Danita Jones