and Donna Hudson
Eddie could hardly wait to finish school and work with his father
full-time at Broadleaf. He loved the work and farmed the land for
15 years as well as trucking lumber. It was while he was hauling
logs to T.P. Downey Lumber in Hillsborough, that he met Donna, the
secretary there, who was to become his wife.
Donna and Eddie have 4 children: Stephen, Susan, Stacey and Shelly.
Stephen is married to Terri and they have 1 daughter as well as
Terri's daughter Robin. Susan is very involved with the riding and
training program at Broadleaf. Susan & Fabian have 1 son. Stacey
is married to Eric a lobster fisherman. They have 2 children and
a home that is a favourite destination for a lobster feast! Shelly
is married to Timmy and they have 2 children. Shelly manages the
Esthetician Services for the very successful Broadleaf 'Pamper Experiences'.
the farming at Broadleaf made way for the development in tourism,
Eddie concentrated on the trucking. He is now in partnership with
his son Stephen as E & S Hudson Trucking. They have three trucks.
worked in the business as the bookkeeper and assisted with the food
service for many years. Donna currently works off the farm however
remains actively involved on the Board of Directors for Broadleaf.
and Leslie Weir
and Darrell Weir
During High School, Darrell worked his summers at Broadleaf in the
woods operation and there he met Kathy Hudson. Following a brief
time in Ontario, it was not until Broadleaf expanded in 1973 that
Kathy and Darrell married and became an integral part of the business.
with her sisters and brothers, Kathy grew up working her summers
and spare time, at the Broadleaf Riding Stable. There, Kathy got
a real feel for what customers wanted, and enjoyed when they visited.
As the business expanded, Kathy worked with the food service &
accommodation and with the marketing and public relations.
and Darrell raised three girls at Broadleaf: Julie (a nurse in Moncton),
Amy (married with 2 children) and Mindy (who also works in Moncton).
worked with the woods operation and the farming operation. There
was a gradual improvement of the land and 'custom haymaking' along
with 'cattle and horse' feed production. Becoming involved in the
Provincial Soil and Crop Association in 1976, Darrell moved with
the learning curve introduced by new technologies. With agriculture,
both the quality and quantity of forage production is vital to economics
and the future. The major challenges for the Broadleaf land today
are keeping pace with progressing technologies, staying environmentally
aware and keeping abreast of the Department of Agricultural guidelines.
a member of the Southern New Brunswick Woodlot Owners Association,
Darrell and Broadleaf observe the criteria for successful, sustainable
wood lots such as: species selection, land topography, soil texture,
water courses, density in the trees and so on.
and Kathy believe in the importance of contributing back to their
community. Darrell is a volunteer Fireman with the Riverside-Albert
Volunteer Fire Department and Kathy is a Paramedic with Maritime
EMS, Riverside-Albert Division.
learning is important to Kathy and her most recent course was Agricultural
Leadership with the University of Saskatchewan. Learning opportunities
have taken her to Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina. In
addition, Kathy volunteers on Tourism and Agricultural committees.
her marketing role at Broadleaf, Kathy has developed business relationships
with tour companies nationally and internationally. Kathy knows
that Broadleaf's location on the Bay of Fundy has a great impact
on it's success however she is also very aware that the quality
of customer service visitors receive is the real key to success.
Whether their guest is visiting because of tourism, agriculture
or forestry the Broadleaf Hospitality and attention to detail is
what keeps them coming back.
and Molly Hudson
and Phyllis Hudson
remembers always being involved with the horses right from when
he found his first pony in the house by the Christmas tree; he was
only 4 years old. This started a life long involvement of working
with horses and competing.
enjoyed caring for the horses and doing chores while he attended
school. He also knew that Broadleaf was where his heart was and
he enjoyed the farming and Guest Ranch lifestyle.
graduating from high school in 1978 Danny drove a log truck for
Vernon in the summer. In September that year he started work for
CNR. Working the '4-12' shift enabled Danny to remain active and
involved in Broadleaf. Even though Danny always found time to help
out at Broadleaf, he always knew that he wanted to come back full
time; he did this after 4 years with CNR. Danny and Phyllis were
married in 1979. In 1983, when Danny's parents turned the business
over to their children, they moved into the farmhouse to operate
the tourism business for several years.
1983 Rodeos began throughout the Maritimes. Danny became very involved
with the Maritime Rodeo Association and competed in three rodeo
events; bare back, bull riding and calf roping. In 1986 Danny won
the All Round Cowboy award and received a Ford Half ton truck as
1989 and 1992 Danny competed on the Maritime Barrel Racing Circuit.
The horse he competed with was Mr. Super Okie (Willie). Danny's
children enjoyed competing on Willie as well.
the expansion to year-round accommodation for Broadleaf in 1996,
Danny & Phyllis became the Managing Directors for the newly
opened Mountain Chalet until the restructuring of the family business
sport of Cattle Penning has now spurred Danny's competitive edge
and he is currently enjoying competitions through out the Maritimes,
Quebec and the United States. When the trailer is loaded for a Cattle
Penning show there are always lots of horses and family members
that team up to compete in these competitions. Broadleaf is host
to some of the largest Cattle Penning competitions in the Maritimes.
Danny enjoys teaming up with his children and other family members
in this sport for all ages.
the years Danny has been involved with the forestry aspect of Broadleaf.
From running the skidder to hauling the logs by tractor-trailer.
Today, Danny is operating one of the tractor-trailers for Downey
Lumber. Phyllis is working as a faculity administrator at The Albert
County Health and Wellness Center.
and Danny have three children: Justin, - works at Downey Building
Supplies and operates their boom truck but his interest remains
in the farming aspect of Broadleaf; Laura, - loves being a working
Mom and works in Moncton; Matt, - whose goal was to become a horse
trainer is presently training horses in Italy.
Growing up on the Ranch, Wendy spent her summers and spare moments
at the riding stables. With Graduation came acceptance to Meredith
Manor Riding Academy in West Virginia. "There I learned how
little I knew about the horse business", says Wendy. The following
winter, Wendy took a 2-year apprenticeship in Alberta to work with
a 'cutting horse' trainer.
Returning to the Ranch full time for the next 5 years, Wendy started
summer 'residential camps'. Her horse training and judging experience
lead her into the Canadian Equestrian Federation Coaching Program.
Wendy became certified by the National Coach Certification Program
and is now a Level 2 Western Coach. She is also the Master Course
Conductor for New Brunswick.
one of her goals, Wendy took a horse she had raised, to Quarteramma
in Toronto, in spring 89. To concentrate further on horse training,
she went to join Gaetan Gauthier in Quebec - developing her French
language along the way. As Gaetan moved his business to Texas, Wendy
followed for one further year where she gathered experience in the
International horse market. (Later, Broadleaf was to export horses
to Italy and Belgium).
most significant work change came in 1999 when the office demanded
most of her energies and focus in developing adventure packages
and handling inquiries/sales. Only in the summer can she spend more
time with the horses, because the season requires 110% from the
Broadleaf team. Beginning with the introduction of canoeing and
mountain biking into the packages, Wendy's focus is now with adventure
diversification, and winter programs.
Doug is the youngest of Joyce and Vernon's children, and at Broadleaf
he was the little white-haired boy the tourists loved!
up he worked in the business too. He became a licensed mechanic
and is now the owner/operator of a trucking company, Cheyenne Enterprises.
He trucks livestock and freight.
has two children, Jared and Ashley.
competes in the cattle penning and horse shows. Now, living just
a mile away from Broadleaf, he is involved in the mechanic work
and Broadleaf's many trucking needs.
Broadleaf Family Names
Joyce Miriam Brown (of York County) married Vernon Dixson Hudson
(of Albert County) in 1944.
Their 7 children (with spouses) are:
Edward (and Donna); Donna (and Leslie); Kathy (and Darrell); Bobby
(and Molly); Danny (and Phyllis); Wendy; Douglas (and Krista).
The 18 grandchildren are:
Kimberly, Stephen, Tracy, Susan, Beverly, Julie, Shelly, Stacey,
Amy, Mindy, Justin, Laura, Thomas, Matthew, Ali, Jared, Ashley and
And the 19 great Grandchildren:
Robin(step), Josie, Darren, Tyson, Kiera, Ethan, Brandon, Chloe,
Alexander, Benjamin, Bryanna, Carlie, Jacob, Hannah, Sadie, Jaden,
Charles, Kyle and John.
(a poem by Joyce Hudson)
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