Parker County Today April 2016 - Page 33

P arker County draws many different types of people. We’re the capital of cutting horses, we have the sweetest peaches, and the people treat you just like family. Who wouldn’t want to live here?  Jacob Valentic is one of those people. A registered journeyman farrier and blacksmith, Valentic brought his trade to Parker County. His family — wife Melissa and their two children, Mercy and Caleb — are now residents of the county. The move here was a long time coming, but it started like most good things do — by accident.  “It discovered me. A friend of mine recommended it to me and that I should go to Farrier school, but I already had an education in another field,” Valentic explained. “But after careful consideration and a lot of prayer, I figured that [farriery was] something I should try.” After 12 years that happy accident has turned into a successful career.  Before beginning his career as a farrier, Jacob had been all over. He’d been in Nebraska, New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma and a few other states, but hadn’t quite settled. The path to Parker County started in Colorado. “While I was in Colorado, welding on a construction site, my wife was fresh out of college and looking for a job,” he said. “She was getting really frustrated and then she finally landed the job she wanted at Focus on the Family, and I didn’t want to take her [away from her] new job. I wanted to do something Continued on page 66 APRIL 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY 31