How much of your day/week is related to horses?
6-7 days a week!
What is it exactly that you do?
My company, General Timber, Inc., specializes in safe ‘animal control’ fencing solutions utilizing pressure treated (southern yellow pine) all from the local forests of North Carolina. We assist with land development for horses, cattle, and exotic game, and also manage projects for run-in-sheds and barns. Our materials will last upwards to 30 years. General Timber is the last Creosote timber manufacturer in the state of North Carolina. We also utilize a fence coating service with NuTone Painting Solutions to help protect our products from weathering.
In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
Absolutely! General Timber, Inc. is over 50 years old and a family business. My family has successfully lived out of this business since 1988. The strength of the equine industry has been a major factor in this phenomenal success!
What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
We are very “service” oriented at General Timber. One of the mottos that we live by is this; “You are only as good as your last project.” If you put the customer first and know your trade well, success will follow you.
Favourite horse memory?
I was introduced to the granddaughter from the famous “Seattle Slew” pedigree! We were able to obtain permission to grab some photos of the beautiful horse with our fencing. I will share that photograph with you for posterity.
We would like to remain a consistent, viable part of the growing equine industry on the East coast.
Best thing about your sport/profession?
Our company mantra is “BUILDING YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITIES.” It never fails, after each and every farm we assist with their animal control fencing solutions, that we leave with a deep sense of personal gratification. It just feels right to help people keep their valuable horses and livestock safe and happy!
“Throw your heart over a fence and your horse will follow.” – Author unknown