Special Ranch Friends:
We are so thankful for the many friends we have made over the years. The folks on these pages, however, are very special to us. We don't know what we'd do without them...
The Wick Family of University Place, Washington We accept full responsibilty for corrupting this poor family. They started their journey into horsedom by purchasing one small, miniature horse gelding, Lucky Diamond Holee Smokes, from us back in 2002. Since then, they've created a herd by adding another miniature horse, April Breeze, two aged Arabian mares, Allusion and Bay Camay, and Indigo, a lovely young Anglo Arabian rescued from a neglect situation, all from Lucky Diamond Ranch. We also helped them find Gunner, a chestnut Quarter Horse barrel racing prospect. For several years, JoAnn and Christina graciously looked after the place when we were sick or out of town, and kept the stalls and paddocks looking spiffy during the week. Words cannot express how much we appreciate having them in our lives. All of the Ranch animals loved them too!
Gary Dirks of Port Orchard, Washington Gary has stood by us and supported us in many ways throughout the years. He offered business support when Dan was starting his shoeing practice, and he sent several of his fiery Paso Finos to Mary Ann for training. But most of all, he has given us friendship, physical and spiritual healing and many fun evenings visiting and sharing a meal. Thanks for being there for us, Gary!
Lane Curry, Maple Valley, Washington. Lane passed away several years ago, but he will remain in our hearts forever. Lane taught Dan to shoe, and spent hours and hours sharing his wisdom and experiences with the two of us. He was a mentor, a sounding board, and was a like a father to us in many ways. Although he was known to be rather rough and cantankerous, he was always kind and gentle to Mary Ann, even when she wanted his constructive criticism. With Dan, he was direct and to the point, but always with a sense of humor. We will always remember the times we laughed so hard, all of us cried, even when it hurt. Rest In Peace, Lane - we're glad we had the chance to tell you that we loved you before you left.