Bill and Maggie have always enjoyed raising animals and chose to do it on a much larger scale when they purchased the farm in 2017. They always wanted to share their love of animals with others, and the park is the perfect way to do that! They have a son, Joey, and a daughter, Allison, who hopes to carry on her parents’ legacy one day! The Baldwins sincerely hope that you are inspired by these amazing animals as much as they are!
The Baldwin Family
Meet The General Manager
Heidi is excited to be part of the management team, serving as the General Manager, and also the Director of Entertainment. She is proud to be a third-generation equestrian and entertainer. She enjoys her diverse work within the entertainment industry including training and performing with her horses, producing shows, serving as an MC, and entertainer. She wrote, produced, directed, and served as the host for a national television series, “Heidi Herriott’s HorseTrix” which aired on the RFD TV network in 2012-14.
Some of her career highlights include serving as the Head Trainer and Entertainment Consultant for the Excalibur Hotel/Casino (Vegas); Arabian Nights Dinner Theater (Kissimmee, FL); The Dancing Horses Theatre (Lake Geneva, WI); and now the Land of Little Horses (Gettysburg, PA).
Her horses have delivered winning performances on Animal Planet’s PET STAR, and Nickelodeon’s FIGURE IT OUT game show. Other credits include America’s Got Talent, Walt Disney World, Ringling Bros. Circus, Arabian Nights Dinner Theatre, Six Flags Parks, multiple state and county fairs, rodeos, horse shows/expos and more.
Heidi has a special place in her heart for the Land of Little Horses as she has been involved with the park with every owner. Her parents (also horse trainers), John and Mary Ruth Herriott, managed the park for several years in the early 1990’s. Heidi is happy to be returning to the park for the 2019. You can find out more at www.heidiherriott.com
History of the Park
In 1970, two Merchant Marines, Tony and Stu, who were travelling the world together, met the Falabella Family in Argentina, who had learned to breed standard horses into miniature horses.
Tony and Stu fell in love with the miniature horses, and imported 25 of them to Gettysburg. In 1971 they opened the Gettysburg Miniature Horse Farm on our current site which encompasses 100 beautiful acres in the rolling hills of Gettysburg. The park also became the original United States Registry for Falabella miniature horses. For the past 47 seasons, the park has operated consistently under five different owners, bringing delight and entertainment to thousands of families. Often we hear heartwarming stories of guests who said they came with their parents when they were young, and now they are returning with their children. The Baldwins, the fifth owners of this charming park, hope that similar stories and visits continue for many generations to come!
One of the feature presentations in the early days of the park was a little horse named Kristina who they called the “Horse with the Human Brain”. The horse had amazing mathematical abilities and could count out the answers to math problems with its little hoof. Kristina became famous, and was even featured on TV on “Those Amazing Animals”. For the past 47 seasons, we have discovered which horses have this talent, and the “Horse with the Human Brain” has been a hallmark presentation at the park. For the 2019 season, we have created a separate show to highlight this feature performance. The family style game show is called
“Are You Smarter Than a Horse?!”.We will see if our guests can do math and answer questions more accurately than our smart little horses!