Don De Franco

What do you love about horses in Woodside?

Horsing around. I love seeing neighbors and friends walking around in riding clothes and pulling horse trailers – a wonderful sense of community. It’s nice not to be the only one with hay in my hair. It’s a magical place where so many equestrian activities are happening that it’s difficult to make a choice.

What kind of riding do you do?

Hunter Paces back East, but mainly trail riding and occasional jumping. My idea of heaven is riding in the woods. That picture hasn’t changed since I was ten years old.

What is your favorite equestrian experience, or favorite horse story?

Taking my 4-H Advisor’s retired 25-year-old gelding out of retirement and winning the Ohio State Fair on him.

Tell us something about you and horses…

I’m an overgrown 4-H kid from Ohio/Kentucky and was infected with the horse bug as a child. My family wasn’t “horsey” and had no idea what to do with me … luckily adults stepped in and made it happen for me. That’s what I’m paying forward now.

Is there anything else you’d like to include?

We have 5 horses, two of which have been with us for decades. They are part of our family.