In the late 1970's and early 1980's I worked for Jimmy Martin at the "Brood Mare" barn at Happy Valley. I learned more about myself and life there than any other place I've ever been. The stallions had names like Indiana Peavine, High Rise Spirit and Georgetown. High Rise's mamma was High Point Flame. She was old and John L. Hutcheson retired her to her very own stall. There were about 35 mares that were bred and we assisted them in the delivery of colts and fillies for the show barn up on the hill. It was a fairly heavenly way to pay the rent.
The people in the show barn took this wild-eyed and expensive raw material and created some of the most magnificent hoofed animals ever to grace this planet. I'm quite serious and I can say with certainty that very few people in this area are fully aware of what was just lost.
Thoughts, prayers and several tears for Bit Hutcheson and the folks and animals of Happy Valley. This is horrible.
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I worked at the Happy Valley Farms Dairy plant in the 70's. I remember the Hutcheson family and the beauty of the pastures and the horses there. The dairy became Flav-O-Rich and was later purchased by Dairymen Incorporated.
Unfortunately, the recent fire is the third that I know of. The dairy plant was destroyed years ago, but before that there was a fire in the barns. I don't remember any details.