Husband-wife team opens equestrian center in Loma

Photo By Carrie—Leissa Brown, left, and Renee Cowan feed a horse carrots at the Lynn Ranch Equestrian Facility Saturday. Leissa descibed carrots as desert for the horses.

Riders of all ages and disciplines are welcome in a new horse community in the Grand Valley.

Anthony Brown and his wife, Janet, are the owners of the new Lynn Ranch Equestrian Facility, 1411 M Road in Loma.

It opened Monday, and an open-house barbecue attracted a few dozen people to the ranch Saturday afternoon.

The barbecues will be held monthly to bring the staff, boarders and horse lovers together, said Renee Cowan, the facility’s general manager.

“We’re trying to start a community of horse people,” Cowan said. “It doesn’t matter what you ride or how you ride.”

Cowan works with Colt Strick, who trains the horses and teaches Western style riding, and a dedicated volunteer, Ron Annon, who helps clean the stalls and spends time with the horses.

“They love what they do. They are passionate about horses,” Anthony Brown said.

Cowan does a lot of work with children, especially the Grand Valley Pony Club. The club is open to riders ages 6 to 25.

“Horses teach responsibility, they teach leadership,” Cowan said.

She added that when a child becomes interested in horses, the whole family gets involved.

“Any kind of horse thing becomes a family thing,” she said.

The Brown family is a perfect example. Janet Brown spent time with horses as a child, and her daughter Leissa started to ride when she was 6.

The name Lynn Ranch was an obvious choice for the Browns, whose two daughters and Janet share the middle name Lynn, Anthony Brown said.

They decided to open the facility after Leissa gave Anthony “a lot of batting her eyes and ‘Please Daddy’s.’ ”

“I’m more of the four-wheel-drive, speedboat kind of guy,” Anthony said. “Leissa has always dreamed of a full-on horse facility”

That doesn’t mean the Browns decided to open the facility on a whim. Anthony hopes to build a community of horse owners and riders at the 20-acre ranch, which is open to the public.

“It’s a long-term investment designed for the enjoyment of everybody involved,” Brown said.


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