WINAMAC — For eight years of Abby Miller’s childhood, she helped care for the horses stabled in a private barn along the banks of the Tippecanoe River on the southwest edge of Winamac.
Now, she owns that barn and another on the site and has opened her own horse stables and arena to turn her lifelong hobby into a full-time job.
“I love being here,” she said. “I think it’s one of those things where we were meant to be here. ... This place has been one of those dreams come true for me.”
Miller, formerly a teacher at All Saints Catholic School in Logansport, and her husband, Paul, bought two horse barns and an attached indoor arena in January. She’s been working since to transform the private stables on Ind. 119 into Greenbridge Farm, a horse boarding and show site named for the green bridge that spans the Tippecanoe River just to the north.
She got her first horseback riding lesson when she was 8 years old.
From that point until she was 16, she helped her parents take care of several horses stabled in the older of the two barns that are now part of Greenbridge Farm. In exchange, she was allowed to stable her horses and some 4-H cows in the barn.
Abby’s family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, about two years before she graduated from high school in 1988. Her horses followed her there and stayed with her when she went to college to become a teacher.
In college, she worked part-time at a nearby stable in exchange for boarding her horses.
“Once I was 18 it was pretty much my job to make sure they had a home,” she said.
Laddie and Du, two horses she grew up with, followed her to California and then to Idaho after her marriage.