Painted to imitate a big top circus tent, the mailbox on Jenny Vidbel’s property hints at the lives she cares for on her farm in the Catskill Mountains. Down in the fields, a group of horses convened at the edge of woodland during a recent visit. From her house, Vidbel monitored them and a variety of the animals roaming about 70 acres. She is a third-generation circus trainer and the overseer of recently arrived retirees — more than two dozen horses, a few pigs and a rowdy cluster of dogs from the Big Apple Circus.
"A Trainer Gives Circus Animals, Newly Retired, a Second Act" is from the January 22, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Kenneth R. Rosen and narrated by Caroline Miller.