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And the glue — Lynette Mills

Lynette Mills herself is no stranger to horses as her father was a team roper, and she was involved in the local riding club and rodeo from an early age in Utah.

From raising four children, to supporting husband Doug’s immensely successful training and coaching business, Lynette has been the backbone of the family for over 30 years.

“I never really had a career,” Lynette explains. “I was busy raising four children and trying to support Doug as he grew his business. I was lucky that there was a place for me after the children got older.”

Lynette started managing Erin Valley Stables, a large trail riding and summer camp business that was initially purchased by Doug’s parents, and she has become an integral part of the stables.

“A typical day for me would be to get the trail riding horses ready for whatever groups we have that morning. The training barn is also in full force, as we have Doug, Kyle, Kaylee and Kelcie riding at home, so I float between both as well as the office.”

The fact that Lynette was able to raise her children on horses has made for many fond memories. “High school rodeos are some of my favourite times,” Lynette recalls. “Going to the European Championships, the Mane Event Challenges and watching Project Cowboy are great moments I have had with my family.”

“It makes me very proud that the kids have had success in horse training and it demonstrates the respect and pride they have in their dad and the program he has built.

“It has been inspiring and amazing,” describes Lynette, “to watch Doug’s training program grow (Training Thru Trust). It has been a real blessing in our lives.”

Lynette is looking forward to helping many more clients in the coming years. “We have this wonderful family business that we can all build and grow, together with our children and grandchildren. We are so lucky to have a place that everyone can come and share the lifestyle that we are so blessed to have.”

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