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What are your professional backgrounds and how did you come to the Miniature horse? At age nine Irene Baldwin began riding and showing full sized horses. She successfully competed in all disciplines of riding and horsemanship. She also worked as a professional trainer and breeding manager for a champion producing Paint horse ranch. Thirty-six years ago, while still involved with full sized horses, Irene began breeding and showing Miniatures in both halter and driving on a national level as well. An unfortunate back injury ended her riding career, compelling her to switch her focus 100% to Miniatures. Professionally, Irene has worked in other diverse fields including as an insurance industry adjustor, criminal evidence technologist, a court advocate for a woman’s crisis center, and 25 years as a freelance concert photographer in the entertainment industry. From an early age, Irene was very involved in the big horse world. Here she’s pictured being crowned as “Pinto Queen 1976” for the Pinto Breeders and Exhibitors of Southern California. Her impressive photography portfolio includes most of the top stars of all time in TV, movies, and music. Irene is also a talented self-proclaimed “hooker” (crochet hooks!) who usually earns First place ribbons and prizes at the Statewide Fair each year for her unusual hand crocheted masterpieces. Lynne Francis came to the Miniature horse in a far different way, having never ridden horses at all. Instead, she spent most of her life raising and showing other types of animals, including dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits with her children. In 2004, Lynne bought her first Miniature horse as a pet. But she missed showing animals, and two years later purchased a show quality Miniature mare who went on to take blue ribbons at local open shows throughout Southern California. After several years of studying pedigrees and getting to know most of the top breeding farms, she began purchasing higher quality show stock and breeding as well. Lynne started her professional career working in the entertainment industry at the precocious age of fifteen, writing for teen fan magazines. By age eighteen she became West Coast editor of the popular publication Flip Magazine and published a paperback book about her experiences at that job. At nineteen Lynne became the youngest member of the Writers Guild of America when she sold several script ideas to television. Lynne went on to become a record company publicist, record promoter and wrote for radio and print media as well. She later became a licensed attorney, mediator and law professor, and practiced family and private adoption law for almost 30 years. At the age of 19, Lynne was the west coast editor of an international teen fan magazine. She wrote under the name “Lindy Franklin” in the Penguin Press paperback “Flip” book published in 1975. FA L L 2017 Miniature Horse World 39