In 2010, Slush Creek
Walkers received a letter from the south of France,
specifically Vieussac. The letter was from a university
student, Dora Flament, who was looking for a ranch to do
a 12-week internship at. After sending out 250 letters,
Flament received word that the Pacovskys would be
honored to host her and teach her all they could.
Flament, who was a
student at Purpan School of Agriculture in Toulouse,
France, at the time, was studying for her Masters Degree
in Agricultural Engineering with an emphasis on large
animal reproduction. Being a very strict university,
part of the curriculum required international studies.
Shellie and Mark
welcomed Flament into their home and taught her
everything she knows about Tennessee Walking Horses and
ranching. Slush Creek Walkers ranch is located near
Bainville, MT and covers a vast 1800 acres. Not only
do they raise horses, but they also farm and cattle
ranch as well.
Although Flament was
already interested in large animals, when she met the
Slush Creek Walkers' Tennessee Walking Horses she fell
in love. Flament was required to write an extensive
paper on her internship experiences, which she wrote on Tennessee Walking
Horses. Her love of the Tennessee Walking Horses was
quickly turned into a dream, a dream to own and breed
Tennessee Walking Horses in her homeland of France.