|Yes, that's me, petting one of our more popular rides...a huge draft horse. Sadly, I've forgotten all the names. I hope Beth will remember!|
|Here's Beth...one of my most favorite people ever!!|
|Curt is the big guy in the middle with the purple shirt. My son Benton is on the right, and I forget who the other fella was in the white shirt. One of the helpers.|
And this is my hubby (20 years ago!), when he came to visit me at the Stables:
God blessed me with the privilege of working for my friends Beth and Curt during this time in a varied and fun role. They happened to own and operate a couple of different businesses, one being a Housekeeping business for several large resorts in the greater North Conway/Jackson, New Hampshire area. Their other claim to fame and more fun business was operating a summer horseback riding stable at one of the local Bed & Breakfasts in this popular resort community, in addition to a horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides business at another resort year round. My primary role was to help with some bookkeeping for the cleaning business and marketing and reservations for the trail rides at "The Farm by the River". (Link is to the current B&B and Stables, now under different management) My duties included everything from advertising, meeting and greeting the guests and helping people get ready for their trail ride, and scooping up the horse poop in between rides. (Talk about being humbled!) Most of all, I just enjoyed watching people have a great time, many of whom had never ridden a horse before, and being a part of a family of some of the kindest, sweetest, hardest working people you'd ever hope to meet in this life!
|Here's a group of happy riders all lined up and ready to roll out...|
From here on I will just post a lot of pictures of horses and some of the riders. I'm hoping this will bring back some happy memories for my friends Beth and Curt as well. They no longer operate this particular trail ride at this location, but they DO still operate another called "Riding in the Clouds" at "The Castle In The Clouds" in Moultonboro, NH. Click this link for more info and to meet Beth and Curt and family for yourselves: http://www.ridingintheclouds.com/
Can you see the riders way down there in the valley? This was such a beautiful location.
Here are the horses at rest in the field after a hard day's work.
Curt and Beth brought me this farewell cake. It was meant to be funny...but we were all sad that I had to go.
And it was definitely exactly the kind of healing and restoration that God ordered.
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful!"
So, what was YOUR most memorable, interesting or fun job? Perhaps you can share some of your memories here in your comments or in one of your blog posts.