Parker County Today April 2016 - Page 68

Continued from page 31 APRIL 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY different besides construction and I couldn’t find a good job anywhere. I got a job at a horse ranch where I met a guy from Kansas who had come to intern for the winter, and he wanted to be a farrier. We became really good friends.”  The idea had been planted and Jacob followed the horses. “The horses are what led me to Parker County,” Valentic recalled. “My next job, I got introduced to cutting at a big ranch in New Mexico.” Then for about a year and a half he worked at a ranch in Garner, Texas. His friend from Kansas kept encouraging him to pursue a job as a farrier. Before he started he was warned that it wouldn’t be easy, but Jacob was not easily cowed. It did not deter him when he learned it would take at least two years to get his business going. “I’d been all over the United States and fumbled around. I thought, ‘If I’m going to be broke, I might as well be working for myself,” Valentic remembered. “Two years was fine. I 66 Jacob Valentic, Dr. Craig Sweatt at North Texas Veterinary Hospital Bringing Beautiful Misses & Plus Size Fashion to the Historic Square Mention this ad for 15% off your first purchase 106 Austin Ave. Ste. 100 • Weatherford, Tx (Next to Fire Oak Grill) • 817-550-6996