July 19 by cglist

July 19

Twenty years ago, I worked as a groom at a thoroughbred training/breeding facility called Pambi Farm in Stow, Ohio. We had 10-12 horses going to the track, about 15 broodmares, three stallions, and an assortment of foals and yearlings that were coming along. There was a half mile track with a starting gate for the horses in training, and lovely pastures and paddocks surrounded by post and board fences that covered a lot of beautiful acreage. After the owner died, the family sold off all the stock and sold the property to a developer, and all of that beautiful horse property became a housing development, a golf course, and a country club! Back in the day, this was the training barn where I worked most of the time with the horses that were already racing. It is now the bar and restaurant of the country club, and they use the old starting gate as a decoration outside. It hurts my heart a little to see it all so changed, but I guess time marches on... my memories are still intact, and they are sweet...!
Looks like a very nice place to go, and I bet it is a bit expensive too. The buildings look fabulous.
July 20th, 2010  
Nice shot!!
July 20th, 2010  
aww thats just not right. nice shot tho!
July 20th, 2010  
Yes,very sad but glad you still have many fond memories.Great pic!
July 20th, 2010  
Really nice shot! It is sad when things change like that.
July 20th, 2010  
It is a lovely shot and it must of been charming in it's day.
July 20th, 2010  
I wish there were a law against taking prime farmland & pastureland & horse-breeding land and turning it into houses & asphalt....... I keep thinking that one day we will all be very sorry for the way we have changed the planet.
July 20th, 2010  
Beautiful picture and what fond memories you have. I think that is what some pictures are all about capturing memories:) great shot!!
July 20th, 2010  
Wow I bet it was a stunning property in its day. Wonderful shot.
July 20th, 2010  
Great memories and a nice shot.
July 20th, 2010  
This is an amazing photo Cindy...and your comments touching. I know every time we pass the 'clubhouse' those memories are stirred. We must stop sometime, maybe for an appetizer, to see the inside...
July 20th, 2010  
That sounds like an exciting career--how long did you do that?
July 20th, 2010  
Re: comment--I guess the benefits might not be that great. I always wanted to be a jockey when i was a kid--go figure. (Until I got too tall, if you can call 5'4" too tall!)
July 20th, 2010  
Nice memories. This building is beautiful.
July 20th, 2010  
love how they incorporated the gate :) i love the gate! fabulous story!
July 20th, 2010  
Neat shot..love this..
July 20th, 2010  
very nice
July 20th, 2010  
Lovely building. Anyway, nice that they have saved the gates that tell the story of the old days.
July 20th, 2010  
Very interesting photo and caption.
July 20th, 2010  
thanks cindy for the comment
July 20th, 2010  
I guess "progress" is what we call change, but it doesn't always mean for the good, eh? Great shot, Cindy.
July 20th, 2010  
just love everything about this photo, it has such a vibrant and happy feel to it!
July 20th, 2010  
That's a wonderfully touching story, Cindy, to go with your photo. I wonder how many others have the same memory of times past that you do.
July 20th, 2010  
Awww, sometimes change is a hard thing to deal with. It's a beautiful place!
July 20th, 2010  
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