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An old farm gets an extreme makeover

Don and Connie Redden left their busy lives in Chicago for an 86-acre property in Wisconsin's countryside. Together they worked to turn the dilapidated 1860s dairy farm into a functional horse farm.
  • Dean Schoeppner

    Home on the range

    The farmhouse was built in 1860 and was completely renovated by Don and Connie Redden. 

    Date Published: September 16, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Dean Schoeppner

    Room to graze

    The farm has 18 acres in three horse pastures, plus cropland rented to a local farmer. 

    Date Published: September 16, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Dean Schoeppner

    Fowl feeding

    The Reddens feed their feathered friends. Peafowl roam the farmyard, as well as 20 to 30 colorful chickens.

    Date Published: September 16, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Dean Schoeppner

    A feathered flash of color

    The farm's peacocks shed gorgeous feathers in midsummer. They roam the farmyard with the other birds owned by the Reddens. 

    Date Published: September 16, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Dean Schoeppner

    A view from the inside

    This remodeled pole barn is used for foaling, vet work, and grooming. The horses remain outside as much as possible, which the Reddens say eliminates daily barn-cleaning chores and contributes to the horses' well-being. 

    Date Published: September 16, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Dean Schoeppner

    Raising Trakehners and thoroughbreds

    The Richwood Farm is home to 15 horses owned by the Reddens. They breed their horses for dressage, jumping, and three-day event competition. 

    Date Published: September 16, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Dean Schoeppner

    Eggs to share

    An old shed was remodeled to accomodate the family's chickens. Eggs laid at the farm are used in the couple's kitchen or are given away to friends and family. 

    Date Published: September 16, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Dean Schoeppner

    Country garden

    A thick shelterbelt of trees protects the garden and surrounding buildings on Richwood Farm. 

    Date Published: September 16, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Dean Schoeppner

    From city to country life

    Don and Connie Redden turned a run-down dairy farm into a lovely acreage for horses and other animals. The couple enjoys the peace and quiet of the countryside. "We don't care if we ever go back to the city," said Don. 

    Date Published: September 16, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014

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