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Vicky Byers-Edgemon, owner of Sundance Farm, took her “passion” and figured out how to make money with it.

Edgemon said Sundance Farm offers horses you can use to quickly take lessons, “or you can have your horse schooled and trained, or if your horse is boarding here, then you can take lessons on your own horse here.”

Edgemon said she originally planned to simply build a stable for her horses.

“I wanted a place for [my horses], that I … could take care of my own horses, be more hands on ... not a person that just goes and rides them or has them ready for ‘em to ride and everything. I wanted to get to know my horses more,” she said.

“I decided the building at first wasn’t going to be that big, nothing ever is until you get started. Then I thought, well, maybe I’ll expand, I’ll build just a little bit larger, and it’d be nice to have some other people here that wanted a place that was nice that was clean, the horses [were] clean, different things available to them that elsewhere might not have. I wanted a little bit more of a unique place set up, a little bit more professional,” Edgemon said.

Edgemon said she thinks her facility is unique. “It has sixteen stalls, it was built by Morton Buildings, which they are the best, they are more creative with their barn buildings. You know you don’t just have a barn. I wanted something more unique. You have a lot of tongue and groove in here, a more custom barn.”

The facility also offers a training room with couches and a TV.

“We hope to use [the TV room] as a training center, too, so that we can tape our students, they can watch that, they can see what they are doing correctly or what they are not doing correctly. And then also that we can show them other tapes of other shows, other events, what to look forward to, just a little bit of everything and a teaching tool,” Byers-edgemon said.

Attached to the training room is also a bedroom and full-size bathroom for show judges and clients to stay overnight.

Sundance Farm opened at the beginning of summer and Byers-edgemon said she sees her business growing because showing horses is “pretty big, it’s growing more and more, a lot of people think [shows] are either up North or out West, they don’t really think they are right here in the state of Tennessee and that they have this advantage, too, to either learn or have horses, invest in horses to be shown and train for them.”

Sundance Farm had its first show Saturday, Aug. 6. The show was sponsored by 4-H Horse and Pony Club to raise money for Horse Haven, a rescue mission for horses.

Byers-edgemon said the show was a success. “…we had the bleachers filled and then they had chairs around … It went really well. It was very successful. I think we raised over one thousand dollars for Horse Haven and this was just a benefit show, and we donated our facility.”

Byers-edgemon said Doug Meador, Sundance Farm reining instructor who has thirty years of training experience, is going to hold a reining clinic in “a few months with reining and maybe more on reining one-on-one for some people wanting to start, or try it out, or just to see or just to get more of a handle on their horse.”

Byers-edgemon defined reining as not only guiding the horse, but also controlling its every movement.

Meador said training is for people “of all ages,” but Byers-edgemon said the ideal age for children to begin training is eight years old.

“As far as the children, what we’ve found it seems like, basically from eight, we’ve found, their attention span, their strength, their ability … and everything from there on up. We actually have adults that we give lessons to that are just starting for the first time anywhere from reining to hunter/jumper.

“The reining and the training in reining and the training in hunter/jumper go hand-in-hand, they are trained a lot similar, as far as putting a lot of bending, flexing, collecting the horses, so they are actually compatible to each other and a lot of people don’t know that. A lot of people think oh it’s just reining, that’s trained a different way,” Byers-edgemon said.

Hunter/jumper lessons are taught by Leslie Smith, whose awards include 2003 jumper champion.

Byers-edgemon said she grew up with ponies and horses and always rode. She said she began showing in 1995, and although she took some time off, “I don’t know, it’s a passion, either you have it or you don’t, and people, when you’re doing and you have the bug, you can’t get rid of it, even if you put it back or you stop it awhile, you’re back into it before you know it.”

Byers-edgemon said to board horses at her farm, “it’s not about the money.”

“I have sixteen stalls and pretty much we lack four stalls from being full so it’s full-care board, and it’s very reasonable. Usually for a facility like this you would pay anywhere from five hundred dollars to almost a thousand dollars for full care, and we’re three-fifty …”

For more information or to contact Sundance Farm, call 865-966-5933. Sundance Farm is located at 12131 Prater Lane.


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