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From bus driver to store owner

Becky Mills has enjoyed the wild ride into new business

December 18, 2011
By ESTHER MCCOY - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

HARRISVILLE - Going from a Buckeye Local School District bus driver to the owner and operator of the Show and Tell Equestrian Supply business located in a cozy room in the Harrisville Village Building at 49350B state Route 250, was an easy transition for Becky Mills.

Her daughters, Jillian and Jayllex, who take a big interest in horse projects with the Lassos 'n' Lace 4-H Club, are mostly the reason she got started in the store, which offers all sorts of paraphernalia for the horseman.

"(Before) those with horses had to travel to Cambridge, Pittsburgh and Dover to get supplies. There was nowhere close around here. But the horse industry seems to be growing and riders are getting younger each year," she said.

"I carry the new Hobby Horse brand of show clothes and there are cowboy boots, halters, leads, helmets, cowboy hats, saddle pads and a big line of grooming products, such as Cowboy Magic, to give horses a super body shine and others to keep keep the flies away," she said.

There is a consignment area where she will display show clothes and tack for others to sell as well.

An English saddle is featured at the front of the store and an English riding suit is on display, along with other items for English and western wear.

The Mills family members all have names that start with the initial "J," except for Becky. There is her husband, James; a son, James, who specializes in hog projects with the Lassos 'n' Lace 4-H Club; and the girls, Jillian and Jayllex.

Store hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"There is no reason to be open on Saturday as most of the horse owners are at shows in the summer on weekends," she said.

"The store is closed during the week of the Jefferson County Fair but during the weeks prior to that I am quite busy. Show clothes have changed over the years. They are more glamorous and glitzy now," Mills said of the clothing apparel in her shop.

"We have sizes from children up through large in women's sizes as there are more little ones showing now," she said.

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