A Little Background About Us
Aimee & Sean first met and started dating in 1993. Both of them have always shared the dream of having a small farm to raise their family. Each had a long history of caring for animals. Sean raised some livestock and various other animals growing up in rural Almont, where he spent 4 years in the Almont High School FFA. Aimee grew up in neighboring Dryden, and likewise always had and interacted with animals.
They were married in 1999, and purchased some vacant acreage from Lapeer farmer Art Chaney. Soon afterwards, Aimee was pregnant with their first child, so they decided to speed up their plan to build a house and barn on that property. They moved in just before Christmas in 1999.
Sean & Aimee had 2 children in the first few years at their new home on Lippincott Road. In 2000, their son Caelan Patrick was born. 3 years later, they welcomed a daughter, Teagan Riley.
A few years later, Mr. Chaney died, and Sean & Aimee acquired what was left of his farm. They rehabbed his old barn, and made several additions. The stage was set to fill the barns with animals.
First came some sheep, chickens and goats. Months later, they acquired a couple of horses. Over the years, through purchases, trades and rescue assignments, their herd grew rapidly. All told, they typically keep somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 animals - including horses, ponies, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, dogs & cats.
One thing that both Aimee & Sean firmly believe is that every horse must be something more than a pasture ornament, as long of course as it is physically able to. So we keep a vigorous schedule so that each horse is at least worked or ridden every other day. The Amish, who do the farrier work for the O'Bryan's, comment how they can tell these horses are used by the how worn down their hoofs are. This is a good thing. A horse with a purpose is never a bad horse.
So here we are, 25 years later, and 20 years after we first bought our land, and put up the first barn. The kids, the animals, the trees, and even Aimee & Sean have grown up together here. There have been many challenges, lots of triumphs, and a good share of heart break. But we have made a life for ourselves and the animals we have been entrusted with -- and in the process, the kids have grown up in an environment that is quickly vanishing.
As our son and daughter grow older and finish school little by little, they are becoming more dependable caretakers of the animals and property. Our hope is that one day 20 or 30 years from now, they will look back on their childhood, and realize how fortunate they were to be raised in this special place.
In the meantime, Sean & Aimee will continue to enjoy these animals. In 2014, they started a new chapter with the acquisition of some of the finest Rocky Mountain Horse bloodlines in the country and the acquisition of some additional farm property to add to their pasture space. Their hope is to expand this breed of trail horse here in Michigan. So stay tuned.
Davison, Michigan estate planning attorney Sean O'Bryan has been helping families for over 25 years work through the complicated issues of trusts, wills, estate taxes, elder law and probate avoidance. He is noted author and speaker on a variety of estate topics. Sean is married and has 2 children, and lives on an active farm in Lapeer, Michigan with several horses, sheep, goats, chicken, dogs & cats.