Marj O’Donnell was born in 1954 and grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario where her love of horses was quite evident in the early years. Her parents were thankful that the days of horse-drawn delivery wagons were long gone as she would likely have figured out a way to bring one of the horses home.
Marj moved to Southern Ontario in the ‘70s to pursue a career in the fields of Animal Health and Laboratory Animal Science. She continued to gain horse experience in the ‘80s with fulltime employment in an equine veterinary practice and while working at horse shows on weekends. In 1989, she made quite a career change and started teaching elementary school. Her horse breeding operation, AHF Breeding, grew over the years and is currently producing outstanding registered Canadian Sport Horses that have placed consistently at line shows and at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
In June of 2015, Marj retired from a very rewarding twenty-five year teaching career and is looking forward to taking up welding and continuing to travel. Most importantly, she is looking forward to her next chapter in life, having been invited to join the dynamic team of Claire Hunter, of Braecrest Farm and her mother, Deborah Hunter, retired Registered Practical Nurse, as third partner in the magnificent Oro-Medonte property. Marj brings her experience, knowledge and passion for breeding to the farm along with a strong skill set to support the ongoing building of a world-class equine facility.