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Hoffmann Stables in Preston is all about horses

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston All

Owner Deb Thompson displays a wide array of items at Hoffmann Stables and Tack Shop. Photo by Jade Sexton

Most people have seen Hoffmann Stables as they drive north of Preston, and many people have seen the horses in the arena, but not everyone knows just how much the place has to offer, even though it has been there for 25 years.

Deb Thompson loves horses, and she loves what she does. That makes all the hard work she does every day not even feel like work to her. For fourteen years she trained and showed horses professionally. After that, she made the switch to horse reproduction, got married to Chris Thompson, took over her parents’ business, and settled in to her home in Preston.

“I’ve worked with them my entire life,” Thompson said of horses. “It’s a real passion.”

The tack shop at Hoffmann Stables is packed full of everything that has anything to do with horses, and even more. Thompson sells items from jewelry, belts, wallets, horse toys, baby gifts, boots, and rodeo items. The thing she sells the most of is clothing, and she has clothing for men and women and children of all ages, sizes, and budgets.

“People don’t know what I have until they come in here,” said Thompson.

For people who show horses or ride in rodeos, Thompson can help. She sells rodeo equipment for kids and adults, and clothing for showing horses as well. She even sells English riding clothing.

“For people that show, I can help them put together a legal outfit,” said Thompson.

Not all clothing that is sold there is related to horses or rodeos, either. Thompson sells many different clothing items, and she also sells Preston tourism items.

Hoffmann Stables has anything you could need to take care of your horse, as well, from saddles and bridles to shampoo and brushes.

Thompson also loves to give riding lessons, and she does that on evenings and weekends. She owns eight horses, and she uses a couple of older, calmer ones to teach children how to ride.

All of this is enough to keep anyone busy, but what Thompson really specializes in is breeding. She works with both stallions and mares, collects and freezes product from the stallion, and can have it shipped anywhere in the world. She also does artificial insemination right in her barn. A vet from the Harmony Vet Clinic comes out to do ultrasounds to see if a mare is pregnant, but Thompson does everything else herself.

“It’s a lot of lab work, science and biology, but I love it,” shared Thompson. “It’s right up my alley. And loving the animal helps, too.”

Working with the horses can be dangerous, and Thompson has been hurt a few times. She has purchased equipment to help keep her and the animals safe while working with them.

Thompson often gives seminars about horse reproduction. “We sometimes have groups here, especially pre-vet students,” said Thompson.

In order to successfully breed the horses, Thompson needs to know how to tell exactly when a mare is in heat, and needs to know the details of the product she is using.

“It’s all in the timing,” she explained. She keeps track of every horse that comes through there with charts in her lab, and has a special place for freezing the product. She has a Phantom that she trains the stallions to breed for collecting the product.

According to Thompson, people are going more with artificial breeding in order to keep their horses safe.

Thompson works hard, and works a lot of hours, but it doesn’t bother her a bit. She loves her horses, and she loves teaching people how to ride. She is happy to provide equipment, clothing, and horse care products for anyone who needs them, and she plans on doing it for a long time yet.

For more information on all Hoffmann Stables has to offer, visit

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