It isn’t every day someone takes a gamble on life and hits the jackpot. Yet that’s exactly what hree business-savvy women have done in the questrian industry. Entrepreneurs Christy Weflan, Julie Browning Bova, and Laurie Sharma have all created successful businesses out of their love for horses.
/ Christy Weflan:
Small Business, Big Dreams /
Who’s crazy enough to trade in a secure career at a top
law firm to run a small business? Not many. But Christy
Weflan, who did just that, doesn’t regret her decision for
A rider since age 8, Weflan had her eye on the St.
Croix Saddlery tack shop in Hugo, Minn., for years. Her
dream was to own it, and one day she made that dream
a reality. “When I found out it was for sale, I jumped!
Everything in life is a risk, and this was a big one, but I
At St. Croix Saddlery, Weflan and her staff sell high-
end English riding apparel and tack with top-notch
personalized customer service—something not found
online or at the big box stores.
Though it keeps her busy, the tack shop is not
Weflan’s only venture. She also owns a horse treat company, MAC Muffins, which she started in college. “I had
so many friends offering to buy them,” she says.
Their instant popularity made her realize her idea was
valuable. Being a lawyer helped her jump through the
hoops necessary to set up a business, and all the work
was worth it to see MAC muffins come to fruition.
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At St. Croix Saddlery,
Christy Weflan and her staff
focus on providing top-notch customer service.
Christy’s other business,
MAC Muffins, is a hit with
“Customers love MAC Muffins so
much that even if I wanted to, I could
not stop making them” says Weflan.
MAC Muffins overlaps with the tack
shop business: The tack shop staff
helps bake them each month. “The
bakes double as team-building exercises that have helped develop most
bonded staff I could ask for,” she adds.
Meet three female entrepreneurs in
the horse industry. BY JULIA ARNOLD