GALION — Britleigh Goodman didn’t let COVID-19 get in the way of her dream. In May 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, she bought a pension for horses at Galion and then also offered lessons.
Goodman is from New Philadelphia, near Sugar Creek.
“I saw the farm was for sale and started looking around to make sure it would be a good fit for me and what I wanted. I wasn’t even quite sure what I wanted,” she said.
The farm, formerly known as Hidden Springs, was already an established boarding house owned by Ray and Jan Weithman.
“I couldn’t even meet the owners,” she says. “We just bumped into each other during the signings.”
After the purchase, Goodman renamed the farm Crooked Creek Farm.
“The 13-year-old little me came up with this name when I had my own personal barn where my horses were. I played horses. I made my own barn; I made my own lists. I raced my own lesson plan when I was a kid. That’s how I played.
“When we had our horses at home I came up with this name. We lived on Crooked Run Road and there was a stream behind the house but I liked the horseshoe logo and that was the image I had in mind. I said, me, at 13, I need to go all the way. It’s actually an LTD: it’s legit,” she beamed.
The farm logo is formed by two horseshoes connected outward.
When she was this young girl who dreamed of horses, she embarked on the horses of friends. “It wasn’t a business; He was still a friend’s horse at my barn but he lived there and I took care of him.
Goodman got his first pony when he was three and started taking lessons when he was six. She started with English seat and hunter/jumper riding until she was 14 years old. But at 12 she also bought another horse and started riding with Paint and Pintos.
She started at the 4-H level, but her abilities surpassed those competitions and she sold her two horses and went on to full West competition.
“I did APHA and PTHA tours, all as a youngster, traveling through Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. I was traveling all the time,” Goodman said.
She graduated from Kent State University in 2020 with a degree in veterinary technology and worked in a veterinary clinic. But when she bought the farm, it demanded her attention. However, she works part-time doing administrative work in a senior community. It’s a job she knows well because she got off the bus every day at her father’s mechanic and towing shop and managed the front desk.
Her boyfriend, Clay Miller, moved with her to Galleon and also works at Boise Cascade Building Materials in Marion.
He’s relatively new to the horse world, she says.
“He’s great at it; he’s great at that. I joke that he’s the growler behind it all. He does whatever is difficult, when the tractor breaks down or the fence needs fixing, or when we corner the tractor,” she said.
Crooked Creek Farm can accommodate 32 horses. Currently there are 28 horses; six of the stalls are occupied by his own horses. The current residents of the farm come from Galion, Lexington, Ontario, Shelby and Bucyrus. She offers personal care and full board and the horses range from a Mustang to Quarter Horses, Standardbreds and Paints. And horse owners ride for fun, competition and even rodeos.
The farm has an outdoor riding ring and an indoor riding ring, three tack rooms and a hay rack, round paddocks, front fields and approximately 20 acres of trails.
I offer riding lessons, western and english, for all ages no matter what your beginner riding level is, but I think with my background in competition and riding I really enjoy helping the rider/horse team.
“My horse and I are considered a team, in my book, because we’re going to work together to set our goal and achieve our goal, whether it’s in the show paddock or something as basic as we really want. do something like a better lead. It’s important to set goals. If you’ve planned your show schedule, you say, “I have a goal for my horse to establish a pivot in the showmanship class. It’s really important to set that goal,” she said.
Ohio is the top six in horse ownership. Goodman said this was especially true for Quarter Horses with the All American Quarter Horse Congress being held in Ohio. It’s the largest single-breed horse show in the world, Goodman said.
It’s here in Ohio, in our state. So that’s really cool. We have a lot of top trainers in Ohio, not just quarter horses. We have Arab coaches who are well known here, reining coaches who are well known here,” she added.
“I dreamed of having the indoor arena for riding in winter. I think it’s so good that I can gift it to other people. It makes my little girl heart sparkle. It makes me happy inside. And horses make me happy. It’s not just my six horses that make me happy; I come into the barn in the morning and I literally say, ‘Hello, kids. I feed them in the morning.’ »
For more information contact Goodman at [email protected]
Crooked Creek Farm is located at 1271 Biddle Rd, Galleon, Ohio.
Britleigh Goodman offers “Petie”, registered name Clus My Daddy, some treats. They won first place in Western Pleasure at the Pinto Show in Findley in 2018.
“Petie”, or officially Clus My Daddy, kisses Freckles the barn cat at Crooked Creek Farm on Biddle Road. Owner Britleigh Goodman offers riding lessons as well as horse boarding.
Britleigh Goodman has been riding and competing since a young age. Pictured in 2017, she rides Petie in the 2017 competition where she won a first place finish.
Crooked Creek Farm, on Biddle Rd., Galleon, was once Hidden Springs Farm and is now home to Britleigh Goodman, Clay Miller and nearly 30 horses currently. She has room for more.