For local businesswoman, Marilyn Templeton (co-owner with her husband, Royce, of West KY Golf Carts and Marshall County Battery & Golf Carts), her favorite spot and getaway from the stresses of life is her 50 acre horse farm in Gilbertsville. Purchased six years ago, Marilyn and her family have built a complex of buildings, which include one main eight stall horse barn with living quarters, several run-in shelters and hay barns, as well as 10 fenced pastures and turnout areas.
Marilyn was raised around horses and started riding horses when she was 4 or 5 years old. She passed her love for horses along to her two daughters, Melissa and Laura Beth, who are instrumental in helping her run the farm. As an adult, there was about a 10 year span when she had no horses, and as Marilyn says, "There was a void." Thus began the birth of this favorite place.
"We have a retail business, which can be stressful," says Marilyn, "but it's so relaxing to start my days here."
Buying and building the farm also led to the beginning of one of her other favorite things - a quarter horse breeding operation, called Primetime Performance Horses (www.primetimeperformancehorses.com). Although she recently downsized the operation by selling her main stallion, Marilyn and her family still keep 19 horses on the farm, including her grandson, Trevor's horse â “ Walts Rockin Roll (aka, Walter) - with whom he has won several national barrel racing championships and 14 trophy saddles.
"I have not done this on my own. This is a family sport and operation," says Marilyn.
Marilyn and her two daughters handle the day to day operations and horse needs on the farm, and even though the breeding part of the operation has halted for now, she still dreams of raising a champion barrel racing horse. According to Marilyn, it can take five to seven years to raise a solid horse, but they are all in it for the long haul.
In the midst of running busy golf-cart businesses with her husband, this is a woman whose favorite place is a respite from the stresses and anxieties of daily life.
"If I did not start and end my day at the barn, I would be missing the most special part of my day. The mornings are just me and my horses. And they are all so happy to see me - feeding time! The evening is when the family gathers to ride and do chores. It's so rewarding to see my girls and grandkids follow in my footsteps and have the same passion for horses and barrel racing," explains Marilyn. n