Island Life Magazine Ltd February/March 2007 - Page 53

EQUESTRIAN - life Deb Groves with one of her horses. Deb’s business is a way of life Name any domestic or farm animal – and the chances are that Newport-based Trumor Feeds will have a feed for it. The shop, which has been run for the past 10 years by Deb Groves, stocks huge ranges of feed for everything from horses, sheep, pigs and goats to dogs and cats, caged birds, poultry and even wild birds. And along with all the most popular brands, the shop also stocks specialist lines, such as organic feeds and health-boosting additives and supplements. Deb, who used to have her own small mobile feed round before taking on the long-established Trumor Feeds, has branched out over recent years into other directions, offering related lines such as fencing supplies for fields and pony paddocks, garden peat and compost, and equestrian lines such as tack, rugs, coats and buckets. For Deb, the shop is more than just a business – it’s a way of life. She lives on site (and has her own three horses stabled there), opens seven days a week, and regards most of her customers as friends. Many go along to the shop as much for a chat about horse matters, or advice on feeding and grooming, as they do to buy supplies. And for those who can’t always make it to the shop