In 2010, my husband Mark Sprecher and I bought a 10 acre horse farm in the pretty town of Odessa, Fl. It had been four years since we sold Chantilly Farm, a 20 acre, 25 stall boarding facility in Palmetto, FL.
We hadn’t planned on purchasing another horse farm but boarding two horses and renting a storage facility for Mark’s woodworking was becoming costly. Truthfully, we missed owning our property and taking care of horses.
Nosara Farms is named after Playa Nosara, a beautiful beach located in the south west portion of Costa Rica. We fell in love with the place and the name after stumbling upon this hidden treasure during our honeymoon. Our farm is located in the Keystone area of Odessa. Our community begins with Tyler Road which comes off Keystone Road, also called Tarpon Road. Many of the properties in our area have horses either privately owned or boarding facilities. It is not uncommon, especially on the weekends, to watch groups of riders walking down the road on their way to the preserve. The preserve is a beautiful place to ride. Through the cypress trees you can spot deer, water birds and birds of prey. The entrance to the preserve is only a 20 minute walk from our farm.
What first attracted me to our farm was the big pasture on the east side of the property. I envisioned myself cantering across the flat grassy land. Throughout the property are clusters of large oak trees. The barn is nestled into one of these clusters and the trees keep the barn cool in the summer. There is always a breeze blowing down the center aisle. Even though we are close to a watershed area and are surrounded by cypress heads, our land is extremely dry. In the summer our horses don’t have trouble with wet feet. Where most areas that surround us will have standing water; even after a gully-washer we are puddle-free.
Our farm is a work in progress and although we have made lots of improvements we still have many projects ahead of us. Fortunately, Mark is quite handy and he can do a lot of the work himself. On most weekend days, you will hear saws, compressors, and air tools as he works on his side business Tack Carts www.tackcarts.com. Mark looks forward to retiring from his other job so he can go full force into his next career, making excellent wood products for equestrians.
I am truly blessed to have my own country paradise but also be close to the conveniences of the city. Our location is perfect for those who live or work in north Pinellas, west Hillsborough, or south Pasco counties. Come and check us out!!!