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Last update completed March 18, 2014
When I was 11, my family moved from the suburbs of Los Angeles to the middle of the desert (literally... my school was 45 minutes away from the house), onto an ostrich farm. My family raised pygmy goats, and we got our first dog. My love for, and natural way with animals were apparent, and I was fortunate enough to have some great people helping me along.
One of those people was Lester Hock. "Uncle Lester", as I knew him. He was in his 80s when I met him, and he taught me how to ride and work with horses. My very first lesson horse was a 16hh Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse mare named "Merry Merry Miss". She was bred for racing, but never raced, and was very green when I started riding her. She and I learned together, and I loved both her and Uncle Lester like family. For my 13th birthday, I got my two Mustang mares through the BLM's wild horse adoption program, and have had horses ever since.
Uncle Lester passed away when I was 15, but what he taught me has stuck with me and those lessons have been the guiding principles behind my interaction with animals ever since.
My current farm sits on 25 acres, about an hour and 15 minutes west of Washington, DC. I got here through the Coast Guard, from which I was honorably discharged in 2010 after 10.5 years of service, and for which I am still a Reservist.
In honor of "Uncle Lester" Hock, I named my farm "Hock Newberry Farm", after his Quarter Horse breeding operation in California. If you come to the farm (which I'd love for you to do!), you might just see a sign out front... his sign, from his farm, that reads: "Hock Newberry Farm, Running Quarter Horses".