Special to The Gardner News
Jan Duffy has worked with horses since childhood and has long dreamed of having her own farm and stables. When she was recently faced with finding new facilities to stable her own horses, she and her husband Tom decided to make that dream of owning their own farm a reality.
Jan’s interest in horses began early in life. When she was five years old she told her parents she wanted a pony for Christmas. She says she was a bit disappointed when she got a toy horse that Christmas, but she kept asking and her persistence paid off. When she was nine years old she got a real Shetland Pony.
Jan’s life has revolved around horses ever since.
Her college years were devoted to earning a B.S. in Equestrian Science with an emphasis on teaching, from William Woods College in Fulton, Mo.
After college she came back to the Kansas City area, where for the past 20 plus years, she has been teaching riders at equestrian clubs and participating in show events.
When the Duffy’s decided to purchase their own farm and start this new venture, they looked at a number of properties around the KC area. They weren’t specifically looking for a Gardner property, but when they saw the old farm in Gardner, they decided it was just what they’d been looking for.
In June 2016, Tom and Jan Duffy opened Capall Equestrian Center for business on the 20 acre farmstead just south of Gardner.
The farm is just outside of Gardner city limits at 27585 W 183rd.
The house and the old red barn on the property were originally built in the late 1800’s, sometime after the civil war.
Capall Equestrian Center offers full service boarding services for area horse owners.
In addition to boarding and training horses, Capall also offers lessons for riders of all ages.
The main stall barn is a large modern steel building that can house up to sixteen horses. The old red barn can hold five more.
A major feature added by the Duffy’s is the installation of a lighted riding arena adjacent to the main barn. The lights are especially beneficial in the winter months, when days are short. And the arena floor, with its limestone base and sand topping, provides good footing even in poor weather.
Capall is an old Irish/Scottish word for horse.
Capall Equestrian Center can be found on the internet at www.capallec.com.