Former Mandy and Me owner says goodbye to her ranch

Silverado Socrates was forced to sell the 5-acre ranch where she's lived more than three decades.
Image Credit: Janine Palatin

"TONIGHT I'LL BE SOMEWHERE ELSE, I'M NOT SURE WHERE."

KELOWNA – Sunday evening was the last time Silverado Socrates would go to sleep at the 5-acre ranch where she’s lived more than 30 years.

The owner of Mandy and Me Trailriding lost the property to foreclosure after a bad investment put her $500,000 in debt. In November a Supreme Court Justice forced her to sell it to the highest bidder and she was given Dec. 5 as a deadline to be out.

“They’ve been renovating like crazy as I’ve been getting my stuff out,” she says. “They’re a nice couple, they’re respectful.”

The new owners, although excited to move into their new home, have been giving Socrates the time she needs to pack up everything she owns, but after a busy weekend of borrowed trailers and lots of help from friends, she was able to hand over the keys to the main house.

Socrates says there are no hard feelings.

“They let me stay the night and have a fire and a good sleep,” she says. "They're letting me keep some stuff in the barn so it doesn't go in the garbage."

Over the past month, Socreates has successfully found temporary homes for all 15 of her horses. And she says, the new owners have agreed to keep Sookie, her two-year-old potbelly pig.

“I didn’t really want her to move because this is her home and she’s had a lot of change,” she says. “They’re keeping her and they’re happy to.”

As for Socrates and her two dogs, she has not decided where she will spend her first night without a home.

“Tonight I’ll be somewhere else, I’m not sure where,” she says.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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