Jen Lowe has been managing barns professionally for more than 25 years. She has lived in DeKalb County since 1994.
She currently owns and operates Hendrik Stables outside of Genoa, on 160 acres of property, home of a horse she calls famous.
Keeperman: You say your horse, Hendrik the magician, is famous. Can you tell me about that?
Lowe: My son named him “The Magician,” because when he was a foal, he was always trying to escape his stall. He was born in 2002, and friesians were just starting to come into the area. He was really the only stallion in this part of the country that was crossbreeding and showing.
Keeperman: What kinds of shows?
Lowe: His shows consisted mostly of medieval reenactments. So we did the sword play, princesses and knights. We had a Zorro act. Really, all sorts of things as a kind of promotion for him. He was a [breeding] stallion until 2010.
Keeperman: And what are you doing now with him now?
Lowe: Well, he is coming out of the shell again. His babies have started performing and people want to see the sire. He also performs in a Polish TV show called “City of Dreams.” He has done other TV shows, movies and commercials, as well, mostly on Polish TV. His dad was in Bedazzled, though. He is also a model for Nene Thomas, who paints horses and medieval types of things like dragons and all that. Hendrik’s been on calendars, coasters, posters and puzzles.
Keeperman: What about yourself? You run Hendrik Stables. What else do you do?
Lowe: I have been shooting with the Northern Illinois Outlaws. I started five years ago, but I just started a new horse named Snoopy. He’s blind, so we had to build a really trusting relationship. We just competed at the Boone County Fairgrounds and placed first in our class.
I also do trick training and mounted shooting lessons, in addition to barn managing. I ran a trail club for awhile.
Outside of horses, I run the Sycamore Singles MeetUp group. So I’ve been dabbling in the community for quite awhile.