Founders & Staff


Gary & Trish Carlo


Founders of Story Book Meadows


Trish & Gary Carlo

Gary & Trish enjoy sharing their farm, horses and other animals with visitors especially to those who have never had a chance to spend time and learn from these magnificent animals. It is well documented that animals are powerful tools to bring healing and hope to people, and that they can impact people for personal growth and development. More recently horses are also being used as teachers and guides in showing people a mirror into their souls. By sharing the beauty and peacefulness of their ranch to individuals and families, they hope to offer a place for reflection, growth and change to those who visit. Gary and Trish also enjoy sharing old fashioned country faith, fun and values with all their visitors. Read Trish’s story here.



Trish became a Certified Professional Coach in 2011, with expertise in Life Coaching, Leadership, Communications CPC Logo and Conflict Coaching. She is also passionate about Personal Empowerment, Youth, Leadership, Couples/Marriage and Family coaching. During parts of her coaching sessions Trish utilizes the power of horses to bring about awareness and personal growth. Trish received her training to become a certified coach at iPEC Coaching, the leading school in the USA for coach training. Trish is also certified in the Energy Leadership Development System coaching and is a member of the governing association for coaches, the International Coaching Federation. In 2015 Trish completed the training at (Peacemaker’s University) for Conflict Coaching & Mediation. She holds a Diploma in Biblical Studies from the (International School of Ministry) (ISOM). Trish is an Equine Professional and became certified in the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Learning/Equine Assisted PsychotherapyEAGALA ensure quality logo_0 from the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association in 2009 (EAGALA). She also became certified in Equine Assisted Personal Development from Chris Irwin, Natural Horsemanship. As a Horse Professional and small business owner, Gary assists in whatever way he can throughout the various programs. Gary & Trish have followed their heart’s desire and the ranch was created in Ocala, Florida in 2008.


Take a ride together

Take a ride together

Trish started riding when she was 12 years old and has spent the last 44 years working in various parts of the horse industry. She has a wide range of hands-on experience from teaching beginner riding lessons and holding horse shows to breeding and training Thoroughbred race horses and operating a 40-horse boarding stable. Trish rode hunters as a teenager and taught lessons to youth groups. After moving to Ocala, Florida she became fully responsible for breeding, foaling and raising thoroughbreds as well as breaking and galloping the youngsters. Although she holds her trainers license to run racehorses, she found life on the farm much more exciting than the track. Having moved back to Ontario in 2013, she now enjoys trail riding and sharing her horses and experiences with others. She is well aware of the fact that horses have greatly contributed to the person she has become, and loves to teach others what she has learned from these insightful animals. Trish’s business experience includes General Manager for a small business manufacturing company in Ontario, creating and running a Fashion Consulting business and the organization and running of her Thoroughbred operations. Her business expertise is now focused on Story Book Meadows.


Gary began riding at 14 and has always owned a horse or two. After owning an auto body shop for many years, he decided to use his expertise in metalwork to start his own business in Ocala, Florida, manufacturing front entrance gates and stall accessories at Above All Gates. A skilled horseman, Gary enjoys trail riding and working with the horses. His dedication to their ministry is apparent as he offers encouragement and hope to those visiting the ranch. Gary has restarted his metalwork business “Above All Gates” here in Ontario offering aluminum welding, metal fabrication and manufacturing custom entrance gates and fencing and specialty stall fronts. He also creates one of a kind custom metal/wood furniture for homes and offices.



Ann Gelsheimer

Ann Gelsheimer


Psychological Associate, DTS, CPsychA


With over twenty years experience as a psychologist working with children, teens and adults, Ann brings a well of knowledge to our clients for wellness and healing. As a new horse owner, she is excited to offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as another approach to promoting wellness through holistic treatment of mind, body and spirit. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions with Ann and Trish as facilitators are available to individuals, groups and families.