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Fairy Tale Creation

Family awes community with performance horses

September 2, 2021 Digital Media Exclusive

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White and Gold Vis a Vis carriage arrives at Forever Farms Wedding Venue in Franklin. Submitted photo.

Raised on a farm in West Sunbury, Mindy Stoops has been around horses her whole life.

When Stoops' dad's best friend passed away, his last Percheron horse ended up with the family, and from there, the family carriage business grew into what is now Misty Lane Farms Performance Horses, located in Clay Township.

Currently it is Stoops' business, but her husband, father, mother and son all keep it up and running, all members of the Carriage Operators of North America.

Famously known for weddings and other public events, the business consists of 27 rescue horses, who are checked by a vet before being able to work.

“The greatest part is the animals,” Stoops said. “That pulls us together. With dad getting older, he can drive the horses and that has allowed us to stay closer.”

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