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  • Allure of the horse

    At J&P Ranch in Eagle Point, they help people fulfill dreams
  • A wooden plaque on the wall of the gathering room at J&P Ranch in Eagle Point sums up the mission of the place: “A pony is a childhood dream; a horse is an adulthood treasure.”
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  • A wooden plaque on the wall of the gathering room at J&P Ranch in Eagle Point sums up the mission of the place: “A pony is a childhood dream; a horse is an adulthood treasure.”
    At J&P, they help people fulfill dreams and find the emotional treasures of a relationship with a horse.
    Sue Hutchinson can tell you about it. The 80-year-old lives in a Medford retirement home but comes to the ranch almost every day to ride. Hutchinson grew up on a small, country place in Sonoma, Calif., and she rode for years, but when her last horse died, she didn't replace it.
    “I thought I'd be out of horses forever, but it's an addiction,” Hutchinson says. “I didn't want to think of horses. I'm too old.”
    After moving to Jackson County three years ago, she found herself back up on a horse. And then she found J&P Ranch. And she bought another horse. She likes that the 124-acre spread has miles of trails to ride, and that there is almost always someone else to ride with. She's not the type to spend her days playing bingo.
    “I'm having fun out here,” she says.
    Heidi Martens was looking for something other than fun when she discovered the ranch after her husband died.
    "I was moping around, and I needed to get a life," she says. "But I needed to do something we hadn't done together.
    "When I was growing up, I visited my grandparents in Sacramento summers and took riding lessons. I asked my younger daughter if she wanted to visit the ranch with me. I saw it on the Internet. They were so welcoming and helpful. I ended up buying a horse, then one for my daughter. It felt like that was where I wanted to be."
    J&P Ranch is owned by John and Patty Puccini, but they spend only their summers there. They hired Randy Ewalt to manage the ranch three years ago, and his wife, Kim, is the horse trainer. Both of them have spent their lives around horses.
    Kim Ewalt's specialty is making people comfortable around horses and their horses comfortable around people.
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