Deborah Hunter

Deborah Hunter (Debbie) is another key member of the team here at Braecrest Farm.

Debbie is recently retired from a busy 16 year career as a Registered Practical Nurse, and the preceding 10 years in animal health care. Debbie is the proud mother and number one supporter of her daughter Claire. Debbie excels at helping to provide the warm and welcoming atmosphere that Braecrest is known for and when visiting the farm you will always be greeted with a smile and a friendly word and perhaps, when the timing is right, a cup of her delicious homemade soup.

Debbie has been passionate in her love of horses, dogs and all animals since a young girl growing up in England, and still says “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be so fortunate to live on a horse farm”.  Debbie is widowed after being married to her dearly loved husband Chris for 34 years and together they proudly brought two beautiful children into the world, their son Matthew and daughter Claire.  Sadly Matthew passed away in 2000 at just 19 years of age, after a brief but serious illness.  Together Debbie and Claire share a strong love and respect for each other, and a passion for all life that they carry with them throughout each and every day.

Marj O’Donnell

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.