November 05, 2015 - 8:00 PM
WEST KELOWNA – Things didn’t go the way Silverado Socrates was hoping in court.
Socrates is the owner of Mandy and Me Trailriding in West Kelowna. Her bank foreclosed on her mortgage after loaning her $600,000 to upgrade the facility. On Wednesday, Nov. 4 she watched as a Supreme Court Justice read the winning bid for her five acre property off Petterson Road.
She was hoping one of her friends’ bids would be enough to take it, but that wasn’t the case.
“Seems I am given less than a month to vacate,” she says. “I was told they want to start renovations right away.”
Socrates says she has not been explicitly told she can’t stay yet, but the court order says she has until Dec. 5 to clear the property where she has lived the last 34 years.
“I wish folk could realize this is a place, a herd and a person worth investing in,” she says.
Socrates now has to confront the daunting task of moving or finding homes for her 15 treasured horses she used to take tourists and locals on nature walks as well as to treat disabled children and adults.
“I have always been open to sharing my house with folk,” she says. “To lose it seems so senseless.”
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