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Turning horses into more than just a hobby

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

(L to R) The Coyles, son Taylor and parents Teresa and Randy, stand in their new horse training arena in the Canton area. Photo by Gabby Gatzke

One local family is making it a mission to help people find something they enjoy to do through horses. Husband and wife duo, Randy and Teresa Coyle, owners of Quarters by Coyle's, have turned their love for horses into more than just a hobby.

The Coyles grew up with horses being a large part of their lives from a young age. Teresa has been riding since she was two years old and broke her first horse when she was five years old with the help of her mother. When the Canton couple first dated, they would actually ride their horses to meet up. Teresa lived outside of Harmony and Randy lived outside of Canton. Randy joked that a guy will do just about anything, including riding a horse to see his girlfriend.

Their two boys aren't strangers to horses either. Taylor and Blaine started riding on the trails with their parents at a young age and continued their love of horses as they grew. The boys participated in competitive shows through 4-H and local saddle clubs. Although the boys are out of 4-H now, the family is still active in the Root River Saddle Club, which is a part of the Southeastern Minnesota Saddle Club Association. They participate in shows across the state and travel almost every weekend.

When the Coyles built a brand new horse facility a year ago, they had no idea how busy their upcoming year would be. At their brand new facility, they train, breed and board horses along with giving people horse-riding lessons.

Randy said that training horses other than their own was something he encouraged Teresa to do because he could see how great she was at training their own horses. "She was the only one who didn't see how well she could train a horse," Randy said.

Lessons are another service that the Coyles offer to people who are avid horse riders and looking to brush up their skills. Teresa said the lessons are also great for people who are just looking to experience their first horse ride. Teresa has given lessons to people ages four to 65.

Although she gives lessons to mostly individual people, Teresa has a lot of younger brother and sister pairs that come to her for lessons. Recently, the Rushford Ag class came out for a session and her first large group will be a session with the Mabel-Canton Community Education program.

"The best part about teaching lessons is seeing the smile on the students' faces when they come to the stable," Teresa said. "The smile and excitement they bring makes teaching the lessons worth it."

Breeding is another service that the Coyles offer at their rural Canton farm. Teresa purchased her first stallion 13 years ago but had always raised colts. She said raising colts is something she really has enjoyed. "It's great to see how far colts come in a month." Teresa said.

When the Coyles first thought about building their new facility they were a little worried about not being able to have enough business to keep up with what it would cost to build. As soon as Teresa rode in the arena the first day, January 1, 2009, they have never had a free moment.

"We were just coming into the "empty nest" stage when our kids were going to be out of the house and it hasn't even hit me yet," Teresa said. "I have a waiting list until August as of now for training and when we do have a free weekend I am busy giving four to five lessons a day."

Aside from their horse business, the Coyles also have full time jobs during the day. "We are always on the go," Randy said.

Teresa also volunteers a lot of her time with the 4-H horse program in Fillmore County to help youth show horses and improve their skills. "When we go to watch the kids at the horse shows, its not about how many trophies they win," Teresa said. "It's when they do something like a loop for the first time that gets us excited."

As far as the future goes, the Coyles are very optimistic. "We're just going to run with this and see where it takes us," Teresa said. "So far so good."

The Coyles will actually be having an open house April 17th for anyone interested in checking out Quarters by Coyle's and their new stable. It will be from 4-7 p.m. at their farm. For directions or questions log onto their website at www.quartersbycoyles.com where you can find rates, photos, general horse information and some more information on the services they provide.

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