Friends Help Farm Owner Keep Horses 

Breezy Maples Farm will live on. That’s what Cyndee Carroll says, even though she lost her riding stable – and nearly everything she owns – after a bad business deal. Her friends and neighbors say they want to help.”I was under the assumption he was making the mortgage payments every month and he wasn’t,” Carroll says, of her business partner. They bought a 136 acre farm in Ellsworth and built a first-class indoor riding stable. She says the agreement was she’d live there and run the stable – he would handle the finances.”He wanted me to be 50 percent owner, right in the middle of all of it. So I gave up everything I had worked for for 15 years in Blue Hill, with the trust that he was an honest person,” she says.When it turned out her business partner wasn’t making payments, Carroll had to face the reality she was being kicked out of her home, and owed investors hundreds of thousands of dollars.On top of that, the place she’s moving to can’t take her horses.”There’s no barn and I’m not in a position to build one,” she says. “I don’t know what to do. And that’s when Tina called and said, ‘This is what we’re going to do, regardless of if you want us to or not!'”Tina Limeburner says she can’t stand to see Carroll lose her life’s work because of what happened. She’s organizing a benefit supper and yard sale later this month.”She’s one of those that if someone needs help – she’s one of the first ones there,” says Limeburner. “And unfortunately she needs the help now.”The money they raise will help Carroll build a barn to keep her horses, so one day, she can re-open Breezy Maples Farm and recover her good name.”She’s more worried that everyone gets their money back and gets recovered than she is for herself,” Limeburner says.”I’m just hoping the farm will sell so we can pay them off,” Carroll says, “And so I can go to Surry and start fresh.”After an investigation of Carroll’s business partner by a state agency, mortgage broker Eric Murphy Junior lost his license for at least five years and was ordered to pay fines.Fundraising details:A spaghetti supper is being held at Surry School on June 20th from 3 to 6. A yard sale is being held at the farm on June 20th and 21st from 8-4. Donations are also being taken under the name “Benefit Horses of Breezy Maples Farm,” at Union Trust, P.O. Box 479, Ellsworth, ME 04605. For more information, you can contact family friend Becky Foster at 667-7480 or 460-2538.