11 September 2019

Sharing the love of horses

| Alex Rea
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Kerry Gibson with her mare and foal. Photos: Supplied.

Kerry Gibson with her mare and foal. Photo: Supplied.

Here’s what equine enthusiast Kerry Gibson knows: she loves her horses, so much so that she named her horse rug business ‘Love my Horse’. But it doesn’t stop there; to reinforce her passion for her work, she even made sure the logo for her business included a love heart in it. And, she is the proud owner of a beautiful mare, who was expecting to give birth soon.

What she didn’t expect was that the birth of the foal would spark a series of serendipitous events that contributed to the marking of a very special day for the Braidwood online entrepreneur – for more reasons than one.

On a cold November Sunday (even the birth date – 18/11/18 – looks a little auspicious), the mare gave birth. Kerry gasped when she laid eyes on the product; the colt was marked with a white blaze in the shape of a heart on his head.

The new colt, just a few hours old.

The new colt, just a few hours old. Photo: Supplied.

However, the coincidences don’t stop there. While the mare is an Australian Stock Horse, the sire is SDP Scott David from breeders LMH Quarter Horses owned by Lexie Kershaw.

“At the time of mating we thought it was really cool that both owners’ businesses share the love heart as their business logos,” Kerry said. “We are just two women working hard in separate businesses using the love heart for our themes.”

Kerry Gibson’s Love My Horse logo.

LMH Breeders’ Brand logo.

“After 12 months of anxious waiting, my beautiful black colt is born with surprising markings on his forehead,” said Kerry, “but it’s unusual that we also share the same business initials, as well as the heart logo.”

The Love My Horse business theme is “We all love our horses and want our horses to be warm, dry and safe”, and Kerry makes sure her products reflect this sentiment. “I have incorporated reflectors on all my rugs to ensure they are visible at night making them safer near our busy roads,” she says.

“In five years, I have grown my business up from nothing to a successful horse rug shop with over 200 styles and different sizes ranging from mini horses to giant Clydesdales.”

Kerry says she has huge support from Braidwood Post office, posting daily orders to everywhere in Australia.

Some of the Love My Horse rugs.

Some of the Love My Horse rugs. Photos: Facebook.

Previously playing polocrosse for Bowen in Queensland for four years, then Bungendore for five years on her quarterhorse cross thoroughbred ‘Smudge’, she moved to Braidwood to enjoy her horses even more.

Kerry has always had two passions – horses and sailing. The rug business was a ‘sea change’ of sorts. Kerry had actually spent 20 years at sea as a professional sailing AYF Yacht Master offshore instructor. Kerry had been the youngest female skipper in New Zealand at 19, when it wasn’t a common career choice for women to excel in.

And as for naming the newest member of the family, it wasn’t too hard to come up with something suitable for the fortuitous foal – ‘Sharing the Love.’

For more information about Love my Horse, check out the website.

Original Article published by Alex Rea on the RiotACT.

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