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Giving Back: The Shepherd’s Corner


A woman from Ohio, her retired Warmblood and other four legged creatures help visitors in a unique way.


By Susan Rose Marcus


and the lush green grass growing in the paddocks. A shaggy black and white dog walks up to the car while a black lab tied to the wide chair railed porch wags his body, but neither barks. After climbing the porch steps, I push aside a coiled lead rope to take a seat on a faded green Adirondack chair. The porch appears to be set for a Country Life magazine photo shoot. A gray metal pail with garden tools poking out, a healthy green plant, along with a watering can and parts of a black porch light are spread out on a faded green wooden round table. A multi- colored Border-collie-type dog saunters over to smell my leg and reveals her one blue eye. Remains of a deer hide are nested in the corner of the porch; I learn later that the dogs dragged it over during the winter, like so many gifts they bring their owner, 51-year-old Stephanie Eurez. Stephanie is farm owner, equestrian, trainer and now founder of a new venture, The Shepherd’s Corner at Trinity Farm (TSCTF), an organization created primarily to take in and find homes for unwanted horses. Yet, this lifelong equestrian wants to do so much more.


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About Stephanie The statuesque blonde who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, arrives in her red Jeep and explains how her Christian faith, love of animals, especially horses, and life experiences created the formula for TSCTF. Stephanie


70 January/February 2011


riving up the short pine tree shaded gravel lane of Trinity Farm in Pataskala, Ohio, on a late summer afternoon, one is struck by the quiet stillness


learned to ride saddle seat as a child. She switched to western after a summer camp experience, became involved in 4-H and owned various horses over the years.


When she discovered jumping, she realized “it might be easier without the horn” and made the switch to a hunt- seat saddle. After attending the 1978 World Three Day Event Championship at the “new” Kentucky Horse Park near her school, Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, Stephanie discovered her real passion: eventing! Leslie McDonald, dressage trainer, author and USDF


gold, silver and bronze medalist, who has known Stephanie since the mid-eighties, comments, “She is a ‘step-up’ person; she doesn’t pay lip service, but does it. She knows how to create a happy, healthy, environment that leaves people with a smile on their faces.” Leslie trained Stephanie and her black Trakehner stallion, Insterfurst, a horse with a fabulous pedigree and a dangerous reputation. Leslie recalls getting phone calls from people warning her not to get near the horse, but notes that Stephanie approached the horse with love


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