An intern may participate in any or all of the normal activities at the Galiceños of Suwannee Ranch in Live Oak, Florida
General Horse care (Grooming, feeding, worming, vaccinations, hoof trims),
Riding (English and Western), Cart driving, Ground training (Pick out a horse project).
Study parasites (we have microscopes at the Farm).
Learn about our breeding program and our strategies for preserving this breed and preventing its extinction.
Be with “Living History” and learn about the history of horses in the Americas.
There might be opportunities to participate in Educational Presentations at local venues or possibly at Fairs (I.e., Mother Earth News Fairs) and Expos elsewhere in the country.
We provide room and board and have several options for housing. We have a guest room at the main house at the “Stud Farm.” We also have a two bedroom mobile home for guests at the 52 acre ranch. We also have a large three bedroom house with 6 beds for groups or a family.
We have three properties: 52 acre ranch, 20 acre “Stud Farm,” and a 10 acre breeding site.
Our mailing address: 11000 89th Road, Live Oak, FL 32060 or 10036 191st Road, Live Oak, FL 32060
Galiceños of Suwannee Ranch is a Not For Profit 501 (c)3 corporation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Galiceño Horses, to provide educational opportunities on the history of horses in the Americas and the role horses played in the conquest of the “New World.” Galiceño horses are a very rare breed descended from these original Colonial Spanish horses brought to the Islands of Cuba and then to the North American continent along the shores near Veracruz, Mexico beginning in 1519. Over the next few years, many horses were brought to Mexico from Cuba. In southern Mexico, the horses had remained in relative isolation, bred and developed under natural conditions into the Galiceño horses that exist today
Galiceño Horses are now considered Critically Endangered by the Livestock Conservancy. They are a “Heritage Breed.” There are less than 100 left in the world. We currently have 40 Galiceño Horses including 1 gelding, 6 stallions, and 33 mares and fillies.
The people at the Galicenos of Suwannee Ranch are Dr. Richard M. Blaney, Pat K. Blaney, and Heidi M. Reinhardt.
Richard M. Blaney (Rick) is a retired college Professor of Biological Sciences with a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University (1965) in Biological Sciences and a Doctorate from Louisiana State University (1970) in Zoology. He taught courses in Biology, Zoology, Parasitology, Evolution, and Anatomy and Physiology before retiring in 2006.
Pat K. Blaney is a retired college professor of Biological Sciences with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut (1970) in Biological Sciences and a Master’s Degree from Louisiana State University (1976) in Zoology. She taught courses in Biology, Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, and Anatomy and Physiology.
Heidi M. Reinhardt is an Environmental Scientist, Chemist, Biologist, and Educator with a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University (2009). She is currently teaching High School science classes.