Eleanor Hamilton, owner of Eleanor’s Arabian Farm since 1985, grew up on a large cattle farm in the Nebraska Sandhills. The family’s farm, the Double R Ranch, began with 4,000 acres in 1943 with several more parcels added over the years. Eleanor’s early life on the farm was one of hard work but she found a fascination with horses. Eleanor graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in teaching Secondary English. Eleanor taught for one year and then moved with her husband, Harold, to Minnesota. She began a 29-year career as a Corporate Business Librarian with St. Paul Companies and in 1989 took an early retirement package to work full-time as the Treasurer and Director of Human Resources at Micro Control Company, the business that she and her husband started in 1972—a position which she continues to hold.
Eleanor, who took up reining in her fifties, served as the President of the Arabian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) for over 10 years, and previously held the secretary position on the Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders (MAHB) board. Eleanor was awarded the 2015 Breeder of the Year by the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association. The APAHA honored her in 2007 with the Amateur Working Western Award, and in 2012 was awarded the APAHA’s Distinguished Service Award and again the Amateur Working Western Award. In 2006, Eleanor was awarded the HI-5 Mentor Award from the Sahara Sands group. Along with being a pioneer and an original founder of the Arabian Reining Horse Association, Eleanor has donated a horse from her breeding program for a raffle held at the Scottsdale show each year.
Eleanor has earned more than 15 U.S. and Canadian National Top Tens, five Regional Championships, 7 Regional Reserve Championships and numerous Regional Top Fives in Reining and Western Pleasure.
To learn more about Miss Eleanor, please watch a video from 2013 produced in her honor.