ROAMING SHORES– Rick Wilson has been working for horses for about 20 now, a venture that he said first began on his parent’s farm in Madison when he was younger. (From April 7 edition of The News).
“It picked me, I didn’t pick it,” said Wilson regarding his career with horses, which he describes was an easy choice after watching his friends graduate and struggle to find jobs through other people.
When he first graduated Wilson said he took some jobs involving horses in Texas, as well as Florida but then got homesick and ended up moving back to Ohio.
From there Wilson continued to gain experience in the horse field, eventually leading him to starting Rome Ranch to replace his day job about 2.5 years ago.
“It’s got ups and downs but [I enjoy it],” said Wilson in regards to the 20 acre ranch, which he said was a fast move as he had already been getting ready to take a trip to Oklahoma for two weeks to show some horses when he got the call that the ranch was his.
From there he and his wife ended up moving 15 horses in just a day and then later added stalls and electric, as the ranch only had the basics at the time.
Wilson said he prefers doing most work involving horses himself but it can be tiring at times in not being able to take a day off even on special occasions like Christmas or birthdays.
“No matter how cold or hot [it is] you have to come out and water [the horses],” said Wilson.
Since developing the business Wilson not only takes care of watering and feeding the horses but also trains some of them, as well as gives lessons.
He said his boarders that come to ride range in all different ages, with a child as young as nine, a man that is eighty-two and anyone in between.
“That’s mainly why people come here so they can ride all the time,” said Wilson.
Wilson said he often comes in contact with the same people through Rome Ranch as well, whether it be locals or people that live quite a distance away that he hasn’t seen in years.
“The horse field is a super small world. You never know who you’re going to meet,” said Wilson. “It’s kind of like a big family.”
Wilson said he really enjoys helping people through the business, as well as animals, as he owns horses, dogs, cats, fish, a Highland cow and even a few rescue ducks.
For those interested, Rome Ranch’s services include options of $300 a month of self-care boarding, in which people are responsible for their own labor but do not have to worry about feeding their horse, full-care boarding in which Wilson does feeding and cleaning, $500 a month of cleaning, care and partial training three to four days a week, as well as $600 a month of feeding, cleaning and five or six days of riding time in an indoor and outdoor arena.
According to Wilson, one of the most unique aspects of Rome Ranch is the heated bathroom it has in the future hopes to add a heated viewing area as well, where people can watch riding lessons.
He also plans to expand to raising beef cattle and add a pasture for the horses.
Right now Wilson said Rome Ranch has about 19 horses, which are mainly quarter and paint, as they are easier to show in the area.
Besides running Rome Ranch Wilson also gives lessons on horses in Meadville and Chardon.
Rick Wilson is married to Tanya Wilson and both live next door to Rome Ranch, located at 1315 Morning Star Drive in Roaming Shores.
For more information about Rome Ranch please find it on Facebook or call (440) 689-0688.
Pictured: A view of Rome Ranch in Roaming Shores, where area resident Rick Wilson boards, trains and gives lessons involving horses.