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  • Pasture and/or free choice hay (as appropriate)

  • Diet individually balanced by Praxis Equine

  • 24 hour semi-private turnout

  • Shelter at all times, fans in the summer

  • Hooves trimmed and grooming every 8 weeks

  • Year-round deworming based on FEC

  • Annual (spring) veterinary exam including core vaccines, dental exam and sheath cleaning (as appropriate)



  • Pasture and/or free choice hay (as appropriate)

  • Diet individually balanced by Praxis Equine

  • Daily semi-private or private turnout

  • Shelter at all times, fans in the summer

  • Hooves trimmed and grooming every 8 weeks

  • Year-round deworming based on FEC

  • Annual (spring) veterinary exam including core vaccines, dental exam and sheath cleaning (as appropriate)

  • Stalled daily

  • Hay and water provided in the well-bedded stall

Other services are available, such as: weekly grooming, blanketing, additional feed and/or supplements.  We work together to give your horse what he or she needs, but yet be considerate of your budget.

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Chris and Nanette Osterhoudt own and manage the facility. Living on a small farm in a beautiful, rural area has been a dream come true for both of us. We both have a deep love for animals and are an unbeatable team.

We have worked with horses together for our 15+ years of marriage and been active in the horse world while living in Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York and Michigan. We have successfully raised and shown Shire horses in addition to owning and caring for many other breeds in various disciplines. Nan has years of successful experience training and showing dressage.

Nan has over 35 years experience with horses, has cared for large (and small) animals as a profession, and has over 15 years of managerial experience. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, with an Animal Science concentration. We welcome the opportunity to provide references to prospective clients.

Nan and Marci
Corva and Jodie
Fergie, Nan, Chris, Belle and Red
Nan & Donny
Ellie, Nan and Corva
Ellie and Nan
Nan and Corva
Bernie, Belle, Red, Sam & Fergie
Nan and Frank
Bernie, Chris, Nan, Red & Fergie


Friends we've made here at Bronken Creek

Our Current Residents


1979 Arabian/Appaloosa Gelding

Silver has been there and done that ... several times over! He's healthy, personable, handsome and he drew the lucky straw when his dad rescued him years ago. Here's to many more years in our pastures!


1990 Hanoverian Gelding

Cambridge competed as a hunter jumper in Massachusets before his retirement. He is originally from Germany, and spent some time in the Midwest as a youngster. Cambridge is a big guy - he is handsome and sweet and accomodates the shorter humans that he encounters :) We have discovered his itchy spots and make sure he has plenty of shavings for his roll every evening when he comes back into his stall.


1990 Throughbred Gelding

Nicky came to us from Minnesota, where his owner met him and promoted him to a much improved life. Nicky is a great guy - greeting us politely (but not quietly!) for his meals and generally enjoying life.


1991 Thoroughbred Gelding

Andy was a successful hunter jumper in Massachusets in his younger days. He still shows the style and movement he had in the show ring - with the added benefit of loving to roll where he will get the most dirt coverage now that he is retired! Andy has perfect manners and loves being groomed, turnout time and eating.


1995 Appaloosa Gelding

Bear Paw has a huge presence, which is backed by him being a super-sweet and well-mannered guy. We enjoy having him on our farm!


1995 Hanoverian Gelding

Ramazotti joined us from Massachusets, introducing himselfl as he walked off the trailer and fitting in instantly. He is handsome, affectionate and quite the talker!


1995 Warmblood Mare

Libby is a big, beautiful mare with presence. I would have loved to see her in the show ring - she has that extra something! She's enjoying her days relaxing with her friend :)


1996 Dutch Warmblood Gelding

Al is the guy everyone greets first! He has been calm and cool from the time he stepped off the trailer, going so far as falling asleep in cross-ties :) There is nothing not to love about Al.


1998 Paint Gelding

Sunny not only turns heads with his good looks (I dont think I need to say more than 'Bay Medicine Hat Paint'...); he is also affectionate and has wonderful manners. We look forward to many years with Sunny!


1999 Mustang Gelding

Musty is a very handsome guy and struts his stuff for all his neighbors. He has lived in a herd and plays well with others. He's a great guy!


1999 Mustang Mare

Bella is a beautiful mare, but "sweet and cute" will probably always be the top way to describe her :) She is wonderful to work with and be around. We are very lucky she came to our facility!


1999 Shire Mare

Jodie is one of Chris and Nan's Shire mares, retired from being a broodmare ... maintaining her status as beloved pasture pet. She's originally from England and has lived in Wisconsin since 2005. She's a great lady with just the right amount of attitude.


2000 Thoroughbred Gelding

Neiko stepped off the trailer the perfect gentleman, and has continued to set the bar high. He is handsome and friendly and well-mannered. We are lucky to have Neiko living with us!


2001 Tennessee Walker Gelding

Batman is a handsome and smart guy who enjoyed the trails with his owner for several years. We look forward to many years with him!


2004 Thoroughbred Mare

We are so happy to have another mare in the herd! Kahlia is super-sweet, intelligent and full of expression. She's settling in wonderfully :)


2008 Morgan Mare

Hush is a smart, beautiful and fancy mare! She loves to show off and is your best friend if you talk 'horse':)


2009 Trakehner Gelding

Brando is handsome, smart and sensible. He is a pleasure to work with - we are very lucky to have him at our facility. He even poses for photos! :)

Former Friends


1978-2012 Arabian Gelding

Frank had done everything. He hadn't lost much of his spunk either. He frequently galloped up for his breakfast and caused a big ruckus when things didn't go his way.


1986-2015 Morgan Mare

Donny was a very accomplished Driving mare - both in the show ring and out having fun for 2 generations of owners in MinneSota! She pistoned out a ground-covering and showy trot daily in her retirement and drew all the eyes to her. We loved her personality - she had many facial expressions, was a great problem-solver and we trusted her unconditionally. She was a lovely mare and we were lucky to have her here.


1988 Morgan Gelding

Scooter is a handsome and intelligent guy who seems half his age! We were happy to have Scooter relaxing and enjoying life at our facility!


1989-2016 Missouri Fox Trotter Gelding

Casey was right there saying hello when we walked in the barn. He came to us to retire together with his buddy Chips! We are happy knowing we provided him a great retirement with a great companion, caring attention and lots of food!


1989-2017 Quarter Horse Gelding

Cooper was smart and sensible with perfect manners. He was happy just relaxing at pasture :)


1990 Trakehner Gelding

Leo holds a special spot in our hearts. He was Marci's pasturemate and our first boarded retiree. Leo (or 'Nudge', as we often called him - for reasons you can deduce) was an upper level dressage horse in his day and it was obvious from the moment you first saw him. He was polite and you could not ignore his presence - what a personality! Leo left us to be near his 'Mom' when she moved elsewhere in Wisconsin - always a happy reason for leaving!


1990-2011 Thoroughbred Mare

She was trained and shown successfully through second level dressage, schooling third. She was one of the sweetest horses you will ever meet - kind and caring to humans and other horses. She's our 'Princess Marcella'. Marci moved when Nan moved - from Minnesota to New York to Michigan and finally to Wisconsin.


1990-2017 Westphalian Gelding

William still looked like a teenager, which is a compliment to the great care his owner has provided him through the years. He earned that top-level care, being a very accomplished jumper and a super-cool horse to boot.


1991 Dutch Warmblood Gelding

Benjamin spent his early career in the jumper ring in Mexico and when his current owner purchased him in Texas and changed his name he competed in the level 3's and 4's, taking very good care of her and jumping anything that was in front of him. His heart was as big as he is but he ironically could be afraid of his own shadow which can cause him to jump into your pocket. He never knew he wouldn't fit. Benjamin came to us from Illinois and enjoyed the retired life with us for over a decade.


1992 & 1997 Norwegian Fjord Mares

Nan's 'Pasture Ornament' companions.


1992 Standardbred Mare

Georgia is a delicate girl with a sweet disposition and excellent manners. She and her Mom have a wonderful bond, which is great to see. Georgia had a life in harness racing, then polo before getting her lucky break meeting her current owner. Miss Georgia lived with us for several months while her owner moved to a new area and found a perfect place for Georgia to live in Indiana. We look forward to updates on how they are doing in their new home.


1992-2018 Thoroughbred Gelding

Homer was super SWEET and super SMART! He instantly became Andy's best friend and was a wonderful horse to be around. He will be missed.


1993 Dutch Warmblood Gelding

Fred is a charmer. He's easy to work with, friendly and has alot of personality! He is now living closer to his owner - always a good thing :)


1994-2020 Dutch Warmblood Gelding

Oliver was a handsome and intelligent guy. He was a very successful hunter jumper in Illinois in his prime. Oliver enjoys the comforts of retired life - his current favorites were rolling, grazing, weekly grooming (don't forget extra time rubbing his forehead) and apple slices. He was one we counted on for not just a greeting, but a conversation as we bring hay out.


1996 Missouri Fox Trotter Gelding

Was one of the smartest and well mannered we have known. It was our honor to adopt Chips and provide him with a relaxing retirement.


1997 Hanoverian Gelding

Donovan is a big, handsome, well-mannered guy who exudes sweetness :) He's wonderful to be around and we were happy to know him! Donovan moved to be very close to his Mom.


1999 Appaloosa Gelding

Tucson is a big, easy-going, good looking guy. He has wonderful manners and a "been there, done that" attitude. He left to be closer to his Mom :)


2001 Oldenburg Gelding

We knew Finey as a foal, his Owner is a wonderful friend of ours! He has grown into a handsome, BIG guy with a loving personality and showstopping trot. He is loving retirement and are happy that Finey moved back home with his mom!


2004 & 1989 Swedish Warmblood Mares

Qiwi and Ida (Grandmother & Granddaughter) are fellow Wisconsin horses who lived with us temporarily. They are beautiful, healthy, wonderfully trained mares with personalities plus! We loved having them with us.


2005 Oldenburg Mare

We cared for Pabby in her mid-late pregnancy. She is a stunning mare, bred to an amazing stallion - and she produced a healthy and beautiful filly!


2007 Appaloosa Gelding

Oofta is a great, Midwestern guy! He's sensible and quiet and easy to work with -- but he's also easy on the eyes! He moved to a facility where his Mom would be riding him :)


2011 Percheron Mare

Ruby lived with us temporarily between her previous and new homes in Wisconsin. She is a young, sweet, pretty draft girl who is very inquisitive and, of course, loves any food she is offered.


Andalusian X Gelding

What an exceptional guy! He is extremely personable, easy-going, smart and healthy. We are honored to care for Koby!


Location 1: The Forty Foot

The Forty Foot, Sandycove. In 1974 a group of women invaded the Forty Foot foot, traditionally a male only swimming area. The Dublin City Women’s Invasionary Force protested on the shore with placards and took to the waters. Watch the RTE archive footage of this, it's hilarious how angry the men are! Women have swum in the area ever since this protest. This Sheela thanks these women for fighting for basic rights, so we can all enjoy the Forty Foot.

Location 2: Magdelene Laundry, Sean Mac Dermott Street

This Sheela na Gig honours the women who suffered here. This was the last Magdelene Laundry to close down, and it wasn't that long ago -1996. The site is owned by the state and plans were underway to sell it, for that's right you've guessed it -another hotel. After public pressure Dublin City Councillors blocked the sale and plans are underway to turn the building into a memorial for victims with housing and an educational centre. The site represents a shameful part of Irish history where women were abandoned by their families and forced to endure horrific abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church, who profited from their slave labour. It is important for us to remember our past so we don't make the same mistakes again. May Irish women never be shamed, used and abused like this ever again, may we be proud of our bodies and our sexuality. May we never turn a blind eye to those in power and stand in solidarity with our sisters to end inequality and physical, sexual and mental abuse. We must demand the Church take responsibility to its crimes against the people of Ireland and pay compensation that's due to the women tortured by the Magdelene Sisters.

Location 3: Kilmainham Gaol

This Sheela honours the fearless women of the 1916 rising that were imprisoned here.
Winifred Carney, Annie Cooney, Brigid Davis O’Duffy, Brigid Foley, Nellie Gifford, Brigid Martin, Madeleine ffrench Mullen, May Gahan, Maura Gibney O’Neill, Ellen Humphreys, Dr. Kathleen Lynn, Rose MacNamara, Josie McGowan, Kitty Maher, Helena Molony, Countess Markievicz, Nora O’Daly, Countess Plunkett, Marie Perolz, Nell Ryan, and Brigid Lyons Thornton. Sheela also remembers artist and political cartoonist Grace Gifford who married Joseph Plunkett here before his execution and was later imprisoned herself in 1923 for her involement in the anti-treaty side of the civil war.

Location 4: Glasnevin Cemetery

The grave of Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, Glasnevin Cemetery. This Sheela honours Hanna Sheehy Skiffington, suffragette, Irish nationalist and founder the Irish Women's Franchise League in 1908 with the aim of obtaining women's voting rights. Her husband was killed during the 1916 rising. She was later a founding member of the Irish Women Workers' Union. During the 1930s she was assistant editor of An Phoblacht a journal of the Irish Republican Army. In January 1933 she was arrested in Newry for breaching an exclusion order banning her from Northern Ireland. At her trial she said: "I recognize no partition. I recognize it as no crime to be in my own country. I would be ashamed of my own name and my murdered husband's name if I did… Long live the Republic!" and was sentenced to a months imprisonment. In 1935 she spoke out against the Conditions of Employment Bill on behalf of the Women Graduates' Association, which was set to restrict the opportunities of employment for women. In 1937 she became a founding member of the Women's Social and Progressive League, whose goal was to inform women of the consequences of the anti-women legislation which was being attempted to be passed through the Dáil. Sheela thanks you Hanna for everything you did for Irish women.

Location 5: Glasnevin Cemetery

The grave of Rosie Hackett, St Paul's section of Glasnevin Cemetery. This Sheela honours Rosie Hackett, an Irish insurgent and trade union leader. She was a founding member of the Irish Women Workers' Union -women were not allowed join existing trade unions so they started their own. She supported strikers during the 1913 Dublin Lockout and later became a member of the Irish Citizen Army and was involved in the 1916 Easter Rising. Through her experience of working in the printshop she helped to print the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, and later said she gave it to James Connolly before it was read out by Padraic Pearse on the steps of the GPO. On the anniversary of James Connolly's death in 1917, the ITGWU hung a banner from Liberty Hall stating James Connolly had been murdered. The police removed the banner but Rosie aided by three other women made a new banner, climbed onto the roof of Liberty Hall, nailed the doors shut, and rehung the banner. She allegedly later bragged that it took 400 policemen to take down four women. Sheela thanks you for your courage Rosie.

Location 6: The Coombe

This Sheela honours the incredible women that have given life, lost life and endured great suffering, grief, joy and pain in these walls. This Sheela celebrates how truely amazing, strong and powerful women are. Sheela respects each womens right to choose and each womens right to consent. Women have endured many injustices in Ireland's maternity hospitals, the butchery of symphysiotomy and episiotomy, forced pregnancies, contaminated anti-d, there's too many cases to mention here. May women have full control over their own birthing experience and how they are treated at their most vulnerable. May the incredible midwives that work here be granted the respect that's due to them and may they have fair working conditions and better pay.

Location 7: Neary's Pub

Believe it or not in the 1970's women in Ireland were not allowed to order pints of beer. In fact Irish women had no legal rights to the pint until 2000! A founding member of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement Nell McCafferty, helped organise protests using civil disobedience to challenge this ridiculous fact, most notably here at Neary's Pub. Thirty women ordered a brandy at the bar, then they ordered a single pint, when they were refused they all drank their brandy and left the bar without paying. Sheela encourages all women to have the bravery and determination to stand up for equal rights.

Location 8: Wilton Place

Women's Aid is a leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children. Since their foundation in 1974, there has been a profound shift in social, cultural and political attitudes towards abused women in Ireland. Women's Aid has played a crucial part in this shift. Their direct services to women have been supported by their efforts to change and improve societal and political responses to domestic violence. In addition to their Direct Services, Women's Aid acts for justice and social change by engaging in policy, representation and communications and campaigns activity at a national level. Women's Aid also provides extensive information and statistics on domestic violence in print and onlineTheir ultimate aim is to stop domestic violence and make women and children safe. Sheela thanks all who work tirelessly at Women's Aid.

Location 9: Upper Mount Street

Together for Yes is an abortion rights campaign group in Ireland. They are an umbrella group made up of over 70 organisations, groups and communities representing a diverse cross-section of Irish civil society. They are a huge grassroots movement built from the ground up over the last three decades, which has huge support in every community, village and town in Ireland. It campaigned successfully for a Yes vote in the 2018 referendum to ratify the Thirty-sixth Amendment, which removed the Eighth Amendment's constitutional ban on abortion in Ireland. It was a landmark moment for women's rights in Ireland.
They represent those people who believe that we must support, respect and protect women in their time of greatest need. Together For Yes is co-led by the National Women’s Council, the Coalition To Repeal The 8th Amendment and the Abortion Rights Campaign. They are broad and diverse, but very focused. They are rooted in the experiences of women and their families, and focused on achieving laws and services that respond to women’s needs and to best medical practice.

Sheela thanks everyone at Together for Yes and everyone who voted YES

Location 10: Connolly Station

The Contraceptive Train was a women's rights activism event which took place on 22 May 1971. Members of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement, in protest against the law prohibiting the importation and sale of contraceptives in the Republic of Ireland, traveled to Belfast to purchase contraceptives. The women bought condoms and spermicide jelly and instead of buying the pill they bought hundreds of packets of aspirin, as they needed prescriptions to get the pill and they realised that the majority of the custom officials would not know what the pill would looked like. On arrival back at Connolly Station, there were protesters demonstrating, waiting for them to arrive. At customs, the women involved loudly declared what they had purchased and refused to hand over the contraceptives. Some women publicly swallowed the aspirin in defiance of the law, pretending it was the pill. Others waved the contraceptives in the air as the passed through the station. Women who were involved with the Contraceptive Train put themselves at risk of being detained or prosecuted for bringing birth control into Ireland. They also risked social stigma in an Ireland very different from today. This Sheela thanks the women of the contraception train and celebrates womens right to choose if they want to become pregnant and when.

Location 11: Rathmines

This Sheela honours the life of Constance Georgine Markievicz, Irish politician, revolutionary, nationalist, suffragist and socialist. The first woman elected to the Westminster Parliament and was elected Minister for Labour in the first Dáil, becoming the first female cabinet minister in Europe. A founding member of Fianna Éireann, Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army, she took part in the 1916 rising, when Irish republicans attempted to end British rule and establish an Irish Republic. She was sentenced to death but this was reduced on the grounds of her sex, which she protested against. Sheela looks directly at the home of Markievicz, situated on the wall opposite her home on Frankfort Avenue. Many revoluntionary meetings were held inside those walls and Sheela looks on proud and defiant.

Location 12: Gaj's Restaurant, Baggot Street

The Irish Women's Liberation Movement had their meetings in Gaj's restaurant on Baggot Street every Monday. Gaj's restaurant was owned by Margaret Gaj who was a feminist socialist activist. It was initially started with twelve women, most of whom were journalists. In 1970 they published their manifesto called Chains or Change, which sold out immediately.
The Chains or Change manifesto had six aims: Equal rights in law. Equal pay and the removal of the marriage bar. Justice for widows, single mothers and deserted wives. Equal educational opportunities. The right to contraception. One family, one house.

The issue of abortion was still too volatile for IWLM to discuss, even among their members, so it was never part of the manifesto.
Margaret Gaj died in 2011, at the fine age of 92. She had devoted much of her life to the struggle for a better world. While she originally hailed from Edinburgh (and never quite lost the accent), she made important contributions to Dublin life in her time, and her restaurant became a part of the fabric of the city, at least as far as its radicals were concerned.

Sheela thanks all the women involved in this movement for all they did for equal rights in Ireland. Especially our friend Rosita Sweetman.

Location 13: Killarney Court

Akina Dada wa Africa-AkiDwA (Swahili for sisterhood) is a national network of migrant women living in Ireland. AkiDwA’s vision is a just society where there is equal opportunity and equal access to resources in all aspects of society – social, cultural, economic, civic and political. Their Mission is to promote equality and justice for all migrant women living in Ireland. The organisation works with migrant women to build their capacity to participate in in all public spheres through training, awareness raising, consultation, focus groups discussions, information provision, research and policy development.
AkiDwA has been raising awareness on the issue of Female Genital Mutilation since 2001. Providing information on FGM is key in assisting families in their decision to abandon the practice. Awareness raising of professionals working with children who are at risk of FGM is also extremely important in preventing FGM before it occurs.

AkiDwA has a network of volunteer community health ambassadors throughout Ireland raising awareness on FGM in their local communities. Sheela honours all at Akidwa and the work that they do. Sheela supports an Ireland that is welcoming to all migrants.

Location 14: The Rotunda

This Sheela honours the incredible women that have given life, lost life and endured great suffering, grief, joy and pain in these walls. This Sheela celebrates how truely amazing, strong and powerful women are. Sheela respects each womens right to choose and each womens right to consent. Women have endured many injustices in Ireland's maternity hospitals, the butchery of symphysiotomy and episiotomy, forced pregnancies, contaminated anti d, there's too many cases to mention here. May women have full control over their own birthing experience and how they are treated at their most vulnerable. May the incredible midwives that work here be granted the respect that's due to them and may they have fair working conditions and better pay.

Location 15: King Street North

National Women's Council of Ireland. A non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1973, to seek to achieve equality for women. NWCI's mandate is to take action to ensure that the voices of women in all their diversity are heard. Our vision is of an Ireland and of a world where women can achieve their full potential in a just and equal society. Sheela thanks all at NWCI for striving for a better and more equal Ireland.

Location 16: Leeson Street Lower

Since 1979, The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has worked to prevent the harm and heal the trauma of sexual violence. They work with men and women who have experienced sexual assault, rape or childhood sexual abuse.
Sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights issue with both short and long-term consequences for those affected. The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has been at the forefront of the Irish response to sexual violence for almost 40 years. They work with government, non-profit organisations, academic institutions, and the general public to ensure that all available resources to prevent sexual violence are utilised.

Their vision is a of a society in which sexual violence is not tolerated but that, when it does occur, survivors are provided with information and care that support their empowerment and resiliency.

The mission of The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre is to prevent the harm and heal the trauma of rape and other forms of sexual violence. They work to prevent sexual violence and to eliminate its tolerance in society through education, training and awareness-raising campaigns. When sexual violence does occur, they offer a range of supports including telephone counselling through the National 24-Hour Helpline, face-to-face counselling, and accompaniment services. They also advocate on behalf of survivors of sexual violence to help ensure that they have access to responsive and sensitive services provided by law enforcement officials, medical personnel and the courts.
Sheela thanks those workers and volunteers for their vital contribution to Irish society.

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