Photo by Lisa Bicknell
Bobbie Bownman has reopened the fairbarn stable and hopes to provide a “Home Sweet Home” for horses in need of one. She is also organizing a couple of horse shows for later in the year.
By LISA BICKNELL
CV&T News Editor
Bobbie Morris Bowman remembers when her dad Jim Morris used to bring her and her siblings to the horse shows at the county fair when they were all just kids.
Horse shows were “a thing” back then and drew good crowds. Bobbie loved to walk around to the stable behind the show ring to get a closer look at all the activity back there.
She is now hoping to see the old stable come to life again with the opening of her new business, B’s Boarding and Horse Care.
Bobbie began riding horses when she was three, and her love for horses has endured. When she recently had the opportunity to lease the stables at the fairgrounds, she took the plunge and started a business.
“Let my barn be your horse’s “Home Sweet Home,” is Bobbie’s new motto.
The stable opened on February 1. Stall rental is $65 a month if renters provide their own feed and hay, and $125 per month if Bobbie provides their food.
The services of a farrier are available for an extra charge, as well as horse training services and riding lessons.
Bobbie already has “five and a half” horses boarding with her, or, five horses and a three week-old colt.
She feeds the horses twice a day and waters them three times a day. She will also clean the stalls so that owners are free to simply come over, saddle up and ride their horses around the field or the show ring if that’s what they choose to do.
While the county fair won’t be hosting a horse show this year, Bobbie wants to see the tradition continue, and she is organizing a show for the spring, as well as one for fall. She has just confirmed the dates for horse shows on May 12 and September 15.
The whole point of these shows will be to have fun and not get too serious with it, Bobby says. There will be a few pleasure classes but mostly just lots of “fun stuff” such as egg n’ spoon races.
Bobbie encourages people to stop by anytime to look around or just to visit. Last Saturday, she had lots of visitors and saddled up her mare Gracie for a couple of children to ride.
On Saturday, March 3, Bobbie will be hosting an open house. She will be serving refreshments, and she’s looking forward to showing visitors around and answering any questions.
Call 606-304-8651, or email Bobbie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.