In 2004 on her way to Florida for vacation from western NY, she and her husband Dennis stopped to visit the area at the suggestion of friends. They loved the area and purchased a small hunt box on Wild Turkey Lane, with the idea of spending winters here and summers in NY. In the fall of 2004, she brought her 3 horses here for the winter. She loved riding the trails, although not many CETA trails were under easement back then. When she returned the next fall, she started looking for a larger horse property and found her current farm on Peniel Rd. They spent that winter building fences, a barn and remodeling the house, while living at Wild Turkey Lane. In the fall of 2006, they moved to the Peniel property, sold the Wild Turkey and NY properties and became full time North Carolina residents. They put CETA easements on both Carolina properties.
Ginny has been in service to CETA since 2007. She started as a member of the trail preservation committee, working on expanding our deeded trails. She was the committee chair on and off from 2008 to 2015. Ginny left the board in 2016, but by 2017 she was back working on trail easements.
Ginny has 3 horses and trail rides as often as possible. Her main ride is Santana, a Tennessee Walker. She and Dennis are both retired. She worked for NY State as an investigator and Dennis owned a Bobcat/New Holland dealership.
Barbara was born and raised on a little island in the North Sea in Germany. She moved to Berlin where she studied economics and later became a realtor. After 13 years, she went to Nova Scotia Canada to brush up on her English and met her husband Tony. Tony spent his childhood in Hendersonville, so in 2013 they decided to move to their Collinsville Road farm named Bray Away Farm. This was no easy move as they had 11 rescue horses and donkeys, 5 dogs and 4 cats…WOW! Barbara has always had a soft spot for animals, rescuing over 120 horses and donkeys in Canada.
Once in Polk County Barbara joined the Foothills Humane Society Board of Directors and helped initiate the voucher program for gelding and euthanizing horses.
Barbara loves being on the CETA board, to bolster her knowledge of everything involved in the trails system. As a realtor, this is a great asset because she can introduce new residents to the beauty of Polk County.
It is understandable that Barbara has limited time to ride, with her realtor career and caring for 22 animals She recently rescued a horse that is now in training to become her new mount.
When she joined CETA, she immediately volunteered to be on the committee. Having in the past witnessed the loss of trails when properties changed hands, she is an enthusiastic proponent for permanent equestrian easements, allowing for continued enjoyment of a trail system into the future.
Jean was drawn to our beautiful foothills after living many years in Sarasota, FL. She’d been missing the mountain views of her long-time home in upstate New York, where she’d formerly served as President of a local trail association and was a longtime co-chair of their fall hunter pace.
She and her husband Charlie are the retired former owners of Bay Horse Gazebos & Barns in the Hudson River Valley area of NY, and now enjoy their 2 horses and the CETA trails from their home on Collinsville Rd.