Gail E. Lamb
I must say, I never considered that I would be running a boarding barn in my back yard. As a teenager growing up in the west end of Montreal (Cote St. Luc was fields then!), I visited at all the local stables. I wanted to be a veterinarian, but the only school available was Ste. Hyacinthe, and I did not think that my French would be good enough. Instead I went into Architecture at McGill University, married a classmate, and moved to London. We had three children (Donna, Bruce, and Paul), and at age 35, I eventually found my way back to horses.
Sandy Blackall taught me to canter on JB by literally chasing him around the ring. The children and I all learned to ride together, and they are all still involved with horses in one way or another. Now I have five granddaughters (Brittany, Kate, Brittany-Marie, Karen, and Tori) who can share my passion for horses, dogs, cats, and more recently, a parrot with me.
While a boarding barn was never in my "life plan", it has become not only a labour of love, but also the source of many lasting friendships.
- Gail Lamb