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The Courtship of a Farm Girl

Ron Fawcett’s voice bounces as he looks out the window of his home and spies a group of fillies frolicking in a nearby field as hay is delivered to a feeder at Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds near Kamloops, B.C. Fawcett, 76, couldn’t be more pleased. “They’re just out there performing like you wouldn’t believe, running around,” he said. “They’re having a ball and it’s just beautiful to see. “That’s why we’re still in it.” To impress a woman One of British Columbia’s premier thoroughbred breeding operations began 25 years ago as Fawcett’s way to impress a woman he had met just three months before. Rae, a self-professed “farm girl,” had three broodmares as part of her divorce settlement. Ron, the president of the Kelson Group, a 40-year-old company that owns and operates a number of apartment buildings, calls himself “a city boy.” “The next thing you know, I said, ‘We should…

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