I am the direct decendant of Major Bejamin Stites, who came down the Ohio River on a flat boat and settled Columbia a small part of what is now Cincinnati, Ohio, with other members of his family on a cold snowy day in December of 1788. My mothers father was Russell Stites, he had three daughters, one of which is my mom, Estella Miriam Stites. My mom met my dad, John Edawrd Kinner in Cincinnati where they both lived, they married and had three children my sister, Carol, myself and my brother, Gary. Eventually, they would move to the country to raise us there. While in my senior year I met my husband, Dave. The following year he would join the Navy and serve 14 months in Danang, Viet Nam. After four years of service, he came home and we were married, we then had two children, we so enjoyed raising. We are so proud of our children, our daughter, Julie has 3 beautiful daughters, Cassie, Mandy and Kristen and works at the school where they live. My son, Kevin also has three beautiful daughters, Autumn, Delaina and Brennan, and is a Captain at a fire department. It is because of the first three grandgirls we adopted 3 horses, purchased one, totaling four and adopted three goats, one of which has three legs. When the three oldest grandgirls were young we all loved horses and would go anywhere to be near them. One day, I heard of a horse rescue on tv and my husband and I were off to investigate this. Soon, we would adopt the three horses and the three goats and were volunteering at the rescue to learn about horses. At the same time we were building a barn at my moms "Grandma Kinner's farm" to bring the horses and goats closer to where we lived. We no more brought the horses home and the oldest 3 grandgirls, dad was transferred out of state, to Georgia and they had to move. They come back often to visit and still love the horses very much and have grown into wonderful young ladies. Now the three youngest grandgirls are growing up and also share a love for the horses and one is beginning to ride. After bringing the horses and goats home we no longer could volunteer at the horse rescue and yet I still wanted to do something to help with horse rescue. Two of our horses came from a kill barn, one a retired race horse was donated to the rescue. One of the two that came from a kill barn (slaughter house) had been turned out to pasture to die and was skin and bones, the other abused. Since I always have had a love for writing I decided it was time to put that to use and wrote, "The Blue Eyed Tri-Colored American Paint: A Lesson in Trust for Baby'. It is my hope that this book, a children's book will help teach children the responsibilty of horse care and what not to do to a horse, to treat them with the respect they so deserve and where they can go to adopt a horse who so needs a good home or if they no longer can keep that horse where they can take it. Currently, I am working on the sequel."The Blue Eyed Tri-Colored American Paint: Breaking Baby and Broken Hearts".
My life has been a journey of sorts and I truely believe it was a journey that brought Gizmo and I together to write these books to help in any way we could with horse rescue and adoption. In the end of our time mine and Gizmo's, if we help one horse not go through what Gizmo went through, we both will be very happy!.