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Love Of Animals Spurs Teen To Become Entrepreneur

By Sarah Grabski
Erie Times-News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Aubrey Blazer’s company called “Pony Parties” allows customers to rent animals for private events and bring them to a location, including birthday parties, festivals, group outings, even photoshoots.

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Aubrey Balzer was 14 when she was faced with a tough decision that would shape her future.

Her mother, Melissa Balzer, gave her an ultimatum that neither of them liked: If she wanted to keep the animals she’d slowly been collecting, she’d have to figure out a way to pay for them.

Melissa Balzer and her husband were going through a divorce and she knew she couldn’t afford to provide the training and care her daughter’s animals deserved.

“I was overwhelmed thinking about food bills, paying for their equipment, their care,” said Aubrey Balzer, now 19, of North East. “I thought, ‘How am I going to do this?'”

She came up with an idea that not only allowed her to keep her beloved animals but created a lucrative and popular business.

She wanted to share her passion and love of her animals with others, so she formed Pony Parties. The business allows customers to rent her animals for private events and bring them to a location, including birthday parties, festivals, group outings, photoshoots and more.

And she certainly has the right tools for the business. She owns eight rabbits, seven horses, five cats, two dogs, six goats, two ducks, a pig, three turtles, two lizards and more fish than she cares to discuss.

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