Originally from Maine, Paul comes to Blue Star imbued with a life-long love of animals and humans. He brings over thirty-five years of experience as a firefighter and EMT. He also has an extensive background in business and the arts. His mother, Joan, was a war-bride from New Zealand where she rescued thoroughbreds from the track. His great-grandfather, Robert Sproule, was killed in the line-of-duty in 1917 while driving a horse drawn fire-steamer in Natick, Mass. As a father of two daughters, he was chief groom and truck-driver for his daughter Rose and her three horses, while she pursued her youthful dressage career. Later, he regularly rode Emma, a 17hh Belgian mare at a stable in Arundel, Maine.
After participating in World Peace and Prayer Day in 2010, held at the farm and meeting Pamela, his future fiancé, he was attracted again to the "big guys". He became a full-time resident of the farm in the fall of 2010, learning to drive a team and becoming a licensed teamster. He was named operations manager of BSE, and oversees the day-to-day running of the farm and equipment.
Paul is committed to meeting the horse on the horse's terms. He is concerned that modern ideas of horses often do a disservice to them, overlaying unrealistic anthropomorphic notions which fail to "see" the horse. For instance, working horses love to work and need to work. He shares Blue Star Equiculture's belief that in a new partnership with our horses, we can make a significant sustainable impact for young people and the environment.