Written by: Marissa Freyling, Volunteer Coordinator
“I discovered that the horse is life itself, a metaphor but also an example of life’s mystery and unpredictability, of life’s generosity and beauty, a worthy object of repeated and ever changing contemplation.” -Jane Smiley
The passion for horses has run through Lisa Holznagel’s life from the very young age of four. But as I sat listening on the shaded porch of the house Lisa and her husband Jon share, I would have to beg to differ that the passion for horses was planted in Lisa at infancy, before her memory had even kicked in.
Horse shows, leather, sweat, manure, hard work, and responsibility shaped Lisa’s growing up years. From 4-h to breed shows her life was surrounded by horses and all that went along with them. After graduating high-school, Lisa went on to get her Associates in Equine Studies at Finley College, now known as Finley University. After her college years, training, showing, and assisting continued. Small 4-h and open shows turned into Nationals and even some out of the country events. Yet, as I sat across the table listening to Lisa share about her past memories and experiences, I got the feeling she never lost sight of what makes the horse an incredible and special creature.
Lisa met her husband Jon in Illinois, they have since moved up to Michigan and make their home in the Sand Lake area with their three horses, four cats, and an ever faithful dog.
After being inspired by a co-worker to volunteer and having run into an Equest booth at the horse expo, she came out to the farm in February of 2013 and has since been a faithful volunteer. On Thursday nights one can find Lisa leading a big bay gelding named Roman around the arena or jumping into completing any task that is needed.
She says the positive climate surrounding Equest is what keeps her coming back to the farm. Lisa’s passion for horses shines through her work both with the horse itself, with the riders, and with the fellow volunteers on Thursday nights. She is an ever faithful blessing to Equest in so many ways and we are honored to have her be a part of our organization.