I manage the Auld Macdonald Farm, a privately held Arabian and American Saddlebred horse farm in rural Minnesota that I own with my husband Ian Macdonald. The Auld Macdonald Farm is proud of its two breeding stallions; US National Champion & US National Top 10 Senior Arabian Breeding Stallion Legacys Renoir and golden palomino American Saddlebred stallion, Goldmount Royal Design, sire of many regional and national-level champions. Like you, I am passionate about horses. Growing up I was the typical horse crazy girl attracting horses to me like magnet to metal. My formative years were spent between big city New York and rural Minnesota and I managed to get my equine fix in both places – in Manhattan’s Central Park, at a county fairground or pastured in my front yard. I mucked stalls, groomed, spent a magical summer at age 14 showing Hunter/Jumper.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
During my non-horse years, I went to school, married/divorced, and raised my two sons as a single mom. I worked for 20 years in PR/Marketing and after my boys left home, I moved to Paris, where I earned a Master’s degree in Business Communications. I fell in love with Europe and lived/worked in France, The Netherlands and Spain for seven years. I married Ian in 2002, and for family reasons we left our home in Spain and moved to Minnesota in June 2005. Later that year we bought a farm and our first Arabian horse, a Desert Heat VF+/ son, and we haven’t looked back. We have learned a lot since then and remain continually amazed at how much useful information both our fellow amateurs and the professionals are willing to share just because we asked! We gratifyingly equate this wealth of information to low-hanging fruit – delicious and nourishing! Please say hello at a horse show and if you’re a social networking nut like me, friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.com @deacevedo. I look forward to bringing you a series of articles on The Versatility of the Arabian Horse.
 
Cheers,Janet 
By Janet de Acevedo McDonald
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During my non-horse years, I went to school, married/divorced, and raised my two sons as a single mom. I worked for 20 years in PR/Marketing and after my boys left home, I moved to Paris, where I earned a Master’s degree in Business Communications. I fell in love with Europe and lived/worked in France, The Netherlands and Spain for seven years. I married Ian in 2002, and for family reasons we left our home in Spain and moved to Minnesota in June 2005. Later that year we bought a farm and our first Arabian horse, a Desert Heat VF+/ son, and we haven’t looked back. We have learned a lot since then and remain continually amazed at how much useful information both our fellow amateurs and the professionals are willing to share just because we asked! We gratifyingly equate this wealth of information to low-hanging fruit – delicious and nourishing!
 
  
Please say hello at a horse show and if you’re a social networking nut like me, friend me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.com @deacevedo. I look forward to bringing you a series of articles on The Versatility of the Arabian Horse.
 
Cheers,
Janet