BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo artist received approval from the city of Buffalo to keep two ponies at her home on Auburn Ave. Nancy Gabriel poses both kids, and adults on top of Franics, a stuffed mule, and takes their pictures around town. “I roll her along and people love it, they love it! Kids, adults, men women children, they all love it!” she told News 4.
“Going to events on Bidwell, when they have concerts there, the farmer’s market and we have the digital printer, and you just slide the photo right out,” she explained.
Inspired by her parents, Gabriel is now investing in the real thing. She wants to buy a pair of miniature Shetland ponies and offer photos and rides to the Elmwood Village neighborhood. She said she will make an old western tradition, new again.
“Everybody that I know that’s my generation, has pictures of their parents on ponies. Back then it was the norm, and now its like a weird idea,” she said.
Gabriel says the response from the community has been positive. She has a book of hundreds of signatures from neighbors and area businesses that support her idea. She said, “Every single business signed, every business signed.”
The City is on board too. The Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved Gabriel’s zoning variance request to turn her garage and shed at her home into a stable for two miniature ponies. Now Gabriel says she will wait until this spring to see if she invests in the ponies, or just sticks with rides on Francis.
Gabriel also has a home on Plymouth Avenue and Connecticut Street. It is a bigger space and she will build a stable and exercise area there for the ponies.