American Made Since 2000

Marlane Brenner

Simi Valley, California
I make custom pedigrees with pictures in them of horses and ponies. It developed with the aide of computer technology and my own design ideas.
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Tell us about your business.

My interest in and ownership of horses gave me the inspiration to make custom pedigrees for horse owners and pedigrees of famous horses and ponies. I start with a basic pedigree template and put in all the information by hand using a computer program, which enables me to drag images and edit script. This was a design that I thought of in about 2000. I have been a pedigree researcher for many years. I ask for permission to use the photographs of the famous horses and ponies and pay a fee most times to use them.

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

I work in an office at home where I have everything that I need to produce a picture pedigree. It is equipped with a scanner and printer as well as the essential computer.

What inspires you?

The creativity and research that is involved with every pedigree that I make. The joy that I give to a horse owner when I have made a pictorial memorial to their special horse. Being able to make a pedigree of a famous horse to preserve its memory and accomplishments. I also donate to organizations that save horses from slaughter.

What makes your business stand out?

I make something that is unique and I give personal customer service as I am the only person involved in what I do.

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

Have confidence to listen to your intuition and go with it.

What does American Made mean to you?

Making something that keeps the economy strong in America, and that represents the creativity of America.

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