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Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith


The Story Begins

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away from Atglen, PA, there lived a young woman named Helen Whittier Woodward.  Helen’s father, Max Whittier, had moved West from Maine to sunny California to drill for water. Instead he found oil, and thus the dynasty “Rodeo Land and Water Company” began.

Helen Whittier Woodward

Helen was born in...

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December 22, 2017 posted by Content Admin

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith


Horse Barn in Sunset

When considering various features of a barn, (regardless of whether you are going prefabricated, pole barn or stick built), it is important to carefully question the builders under consideration for the project as to which features are included in the price and which features you will be charged extra for.

1. The...

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December 22, 2017 posted by Content Admin

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith


When I arrived in America from Great Britain eons ago, I was soon engrossed in everything horse. In fact, it only took me a few months to purchase my first USA horse and put him in livery. My first and only boarding barn experience was at Caumsett State Park Stables, Lloyds Harbor, NY at the previous estate of Marshall Field, the American entrepreneur and founder of Marshall Field of the Chicago-based department stores.

The majority of horses were stabled in the new forty stall metal structure comprised of two long aisles with...

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December 19, 2017 posted by Content Admin

Blog by Nikki Alvin-Smith


As a kid growing up in England most horse housing in my Buckinghamshire neighborhood was some version of a shed row design. The traditional use of the shed row horse barn offered a less expensive and very serviceable stabling option. Frequently the configurations were in a square with a central yard.  This layout is ideal for tacking up, mounting and bathing horses with protection from the wind. The older stable blocks would be built of brick, the newer ones made of wood.

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December 12, 2017 posted by Content Admin