A dream becomes a reality: Sunshine Stables thrives in Cut Bank

Kalen McKelvey, Sunshine Stables


Kalen McKelvey’s love of horses began at a very early age.  But it wasn’t until she moved to Montana from New Hampshire that she was able to purchase her first horse.  She met Jake, a native of Cut Bank and a fellow animal lover, and they were married in April 2017.  When Kalen had a dream of starting a business in the horse industry, Jake was on board!  Kalen worked with Small Business Advisor Rich Gannon to build the business. “We got the ball rolling and Rich gave me a really good checklist on what needed to be done to get the business started. Rich was a great resource . It was a great experience.”

Sunshine Stables opened in the spring of 2020. The community support and response for boarding services was tremendous. With a customer waiting list Kalen decided it was time to expand Kalen contacted GFDA’s Vice President of Lending Jill Kohles. Kalen secured a GAP loan through GFDA to finance the expansion. “When it was time connected me with Jill to secure the financing it was a great experience and enabled us to add six more paddocks to expand operations. Without GFDA Sunshine Stables would not be what it is today. GFDA helped make my dream a reality.”

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