In addition to working the land, teaching others about agriculture and hosting wedding parties Dunn also has draft horses.
“We have always had the draft horses,” Dunn adds. “We started promoting our horses by going to horse parades, the American Royal horse parade and now deliver the governor’s Christmas tree every year with them. They are gentle giants and a dying breed which most people don’t understand.”
According to Dunn, she has 10 to 12 horses which is enough for two or three teams.
“I have always loved the draft horses,” she says. “Riding horses wasn’t as fun as I have gotten older. We used to be a Belgian breeding farm but now we have enough horses for a couple of teams. Also we have a couple of wild mustangs to teach the public about the importance of the horses and the purpose they serve.”
“I use the horses to teach driving lessons and workmanship,” she says. “It is important for the youth to understand safety around the farm and the animals, especially horses. During school tours I am able to show the progression agriculture has made. Not only does every piece of machinery on the farm work, which includes the old equipment, but I am able to show the difference between the past and modern agriculture as I still use the horses to plant my sweet corn every year.”
She also offers her horses for hire. Not only does Dunn haul a team of horses to Topeka to deliver the governor’s tree she also uses the horses for weddings and for individuals traveling to her farm to experience her way of life.
“We have a stage coach, a people mover wagon, a high wheel hitch wagon, a horse drawn limousine and a bobsled available,” she mentions. “I spend every weekend with the horses during the nicer months going to parades, festivals, weddings and wagon rides.”
Whether one is traveling through the area to experience a early 20th century farm or is there for a wedding, Dunn offers a piece of history to each visitor.
“There is something about walking out of the old barn and seeing a team of horses tied to the hitching post to connect to how life used to be,” Dunn concludes.