Posted: 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013

BUSINESS PROFILE: MIAMI COUNTY

New horse farm owner living a dream



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Jim Witmer
Jennifer DeMaro has started a horse riding business at her farm on Peebles Rd. near Troy. Her dream was to eventually own a farm where she could share her horse experience with others. JIM WITMER / STAFF

By Nancy Bowman

Contributing Writer

CONCORD TWP., Miami County —

Jennifer DeMaro is living a dream deferred.

With more than 30 years of involvement with horses in several arenas, she has her dream farm with horses and a business in which she’ll share her knowledge with riders of all ages, beginning with children.

The Bellwether Farm on Peebles Road near Troy will host summer season classes for youth ages seven and older with weeklong classes on fun with horses and beginner riding camps. Her business plans include adding adult sessions later this year.

DeMaro brings with her a background in horse ownership, riding, showing and coordinating a college for kids horse program in Wisconsin with her sister.

A native of Virginia, she said wanted to own her own farm and share riding experiences from an early age, but life delayed the pursuit. There was her service in the Air Force, marriage, earning a master’s degree and raising a family. She also was a research librarian, working for the government several years.

She and husband, Doug DeMaro, retired from the Air Force and a civilian employee at Wright Patterson Air Force Base moved to Miami County last year after nine years in the Bellbrook area.

With two children in college and the move to a larger property, DeMaro said the time had arrived to delve into the farm and the horse programs, which she has been developing.

DeMaro traces her love of horses to her mother.

“I rode as a kid,” she said. “This is something I always wanted to do, work with people and animals.”

She is an animal advocate, continues involvement with the Greene County Humane Society and said she plans to incorporate humane education in her Bellwether Farm’s programs.

She and her husband knew a few people in Troy before the move. “We love the town, the small business environment,” she said.

DeMaro has enlisted the help of two others to assist with what she called a “well-rounded program,” including another horse owner and neighbor, Nicole Eckert, who will assist with private riding lessons.

Although the camps focus on riding and horsemanship, the skills learned help promote confidence, teamwork, responsibility and leadership, DeMaro said. A hands-on experience is maximized, she said.

For more information, go to www.bellwetherhorsefarm.com or call (937) 623-4258.

 
 

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