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Windt im Wald
A Wind in the Woods
Geauga County, Northeast Ohio
since 1995


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Wind in the Woods
by Heather Braddock on January 3, 2013 From The Villager, Garrettesville, Ohio

Auburn Twp. – Diane and Tom Jones always dreamed of owning horses. As they both grew up in Maple Heights, their dream did not come true until later in life. Now, they are the proud owners of a horse farm that they call The Wind in the Woods.

The Joneses specialize in Arabian horses and improving that particular breed’s reputation. Arabians are commonly considered flighty, unpredictable and even dangerous to work with. The Jonses, however, disagreed and they set out to prove that Arabians are not only just as safe as other breeds, but that, because of their high intelligence and energy, they are more rewarding to work with.

According to Diane, the largest hurdle Arabians face is abuse, but that if they are “treated with respect, they learn things and they get it. If they are treated badly, they have long memories and they have the capability of not cooperating.” Further, she explained, “They are loyal, they give you their hearts. If they trust you, they will absolutely go through fire. They will climb mountains for you.”

So, taking their well-loved Arabians out for children to ride, the Joneses discovered a bond they did not expect.

While their horses had always been gentle with young riders, the Jonses found a special relationship developing between the horses and children with disabilities. “There was a connection between the horses and these children. The horses took extra care with them, and, even more astonishing, we have had nonverbal children, children with Autism spectrum, who became verbal when with the horses.” These children, Diane explained, would talk to the horses and even give verbal commands to the horses even though they were nonverbal the rest of their day.

In addition to their love of horses and helping children, the Jonses are taking steps to make their farm entirely green. They have already installed solar panels which, according to Diane, will pay for themselves within 5 years of their set-up, and they are currently awaiting approval from Geauga county and their township, Auburn, to make their farm true to its name, the Wind in the Woods, and build a wind turbine.

Put simply, Diane said they believe “Any time we can leave the Earth in a better shape than the way we found it, it’s good for us.”

About Heather Braddock

Heather Braddock is the reporter for the cities of Aurora and Streetsboro. She hails from Bedford, where she and her husband Michael (who is also her photographer) live. A Kent State University graduate of 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Adolescent and Young Adult education for Integrated Language Arts, Heather is a high school English, media studies and communication teacher at Akron Digital Academy. She is pursuing her Masters in English for Teachers with a focus on journalism.

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At Windt im Wald Farm we are preservationist Arabian horse breeders specializing in Crabbet/CMK bloodlines.

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The Baxter Black Corner
By Baxter Black former large animal veterinarian

Let's talk about animal lovers,
Not those who protest and accuse,
But everyday people who carry the load
And don't make the 6 o'clock news.

It's proper to make the distinction
When explanations are given,
Between those who care as a hobby
And others who care for a livin'.

When we speak of animal lovers,
The part-time groups come to mind-
Nice-enough folks, who articulate well
And shine when the cameras grind.

It's too bad more credit's not given
To the ones who seldom get heard.
'Cause, in spite of their modest behavior,
Their actions speak louder than words.

These are the folks, that on Christmas Day,
Take care of God's animals first.
With never a thought they should have the day off,
Or that they might be reimbursed.

They believe that Genesis meant it,
That man has dominion o'er all.
And they don't take their mandate too lightly,
To care for the great and the small.

God's entrusted His creatures to us
By rating us all in a log,
According to what our abilities are,
Most get a house cat or dog.

But the bulk of the animal kingdom
He placed in the hands of a few
Who feel more at home in a pasture than
An office on Fifth Avenue.

God did it that way for a reason,
'Cause talk's cheap where carin's concerned.
The title of animal lover is
An honor that has to be earned.

To those who'd debate my conclusion,
To your own you're welcome to cling,
But I'll bet if we'd ask His opinion,
God knows that He did the right thing.

How do you put your mind around oppression for the common good and eminent domain? The explanation most times is “follow the money.”

I lived in Colorado for many years. I have watched it grow from 2.9 million to 5.1 million, most of it on the suburban front range. Colorado has unparalleled beauty, an eco-sensitive majority and an under-the-radar abundant productive agricultural industry.

The clash between country vs city grows with each new tourist who comes to visit and stays. What used to be a principled debate between ‘conservationists’ and ranchers and farmers has become a crass, closed-door battle between The Government-Conservation-Realtor-Construction Complex and isolated bands of native defenders of private property rights. To wit, southeastern Colorado ranching communities vow to allow “Not One More Acre!” to be condemned, co-opted, coerced, seized or bamboozled by the government to expand Ft. Carson Military base’s Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site at the expense of their homes and livelihood.

We’ve all watched family residences condemned to allow shopping malls to be built. We’ve seen towns nationwide moved wholesale by dam construction or highways. Not to mention feedlots or dairies sued by cities that grew out around them. Colorado, our grand Colorado, has become the poster child for blatant efforts to beg, buy or steal water rights and land to supply the Front Range’s voracious growth.

What are these Not-One-More-Acre ranchers’ chances of succeeding? If they were Eskimos or baby seals being routed from their habitat, I’d say a good chance. If they were Snail Darters, Spotted Owls, or Dolphins there would be a hue and cry in their defense. It is ironic that there are probably fewer ranchers than there are Blue Whales. Why not “SAVE the RANCHERS!” They are the truly endangered species. But to understand what is at stake you must put yourself in their position. Imagine you are a painter and the government decrees you must offer up all your life’s work to be destroyed.

“Don’t worry, Mr. Russell,” they say, “Here’s some money, you can paint more.”

How can they do that, you ask? “I’m sorry,” says the general, the politician, the real estate developer, the dozer driver, the lawyer, the wheeler dealer and the executioner, “It’s the way it is. It’s not personal. ” IT’S NOT PERSONAL. Somehow they must think that absolves their conscience for taking their Judas 10%.

But that may be the reason the ranchers will win. Because for them IT’S ALL PERSONAL. Their lives and livelihood and those of their children, their neighbors and their communities are in unexaggerated grave danger. Their determination should not be taken lightly. Someone once learned the hard way that if you back a mama bear in the corner, you better have your ducks in a row. And I don’t hear a lot of quacking.