established in 2017
Banner Farm sits atop 120 acres of pastures, ponds, rolling hills and forest land in Cattaraugus County, New York and is the year-round home of Erika Abbondanzieri and Jonny O’Loughlin along with their 4 horses, 1 donkey, 3 dogs, 2 cats and 8 chickens.
Erika, a practicing architect by day, is a native Western New Yorker with over 30 years of horse experience. Jonny, an audio/visual engineer, is originally from Ennis in County Clare, Ireland. The two met in Ireland while Erika was travelling, and soon after were married in Buffalo. After a long search for the perfect home, they moved from the city to Perrysburg, NY. Now Erika and Jonny enjoy the view of the Buffalo city skyline from the vantage point of a barn and horse pasture, and they look forward to future prosperity and cultivation at Banner Farm.
With Erika’s prior years of experience providing carriage service at Canalside and weddings, as well as her riding cameo in the movie A Prince for Christmas (2015), founding their own horse-drawn carriage business was a natural progression. The addition of Jonny’s steading riding and Irish wit make them a perfect pair.
In 2018, Erika and Jonny began offering weekend horse-drawn carriage service at the Buffalo landmark, Hotel Henry as well as private events in Western New York. They ride with a vintage vis-a-vis that can be open or closed and can comfortably seat 4-6 adults. Most carriage services feature Banner Farm’s Bonnie, a registered Clydesdale from Saskatchewan, Canada. For Indian weddings, Erika and Jonny partner with Scout, a wild-caught Mustang from Nevada, gentled and trained by Erika. Bonnie and Scout are happy horses who live as a herd with the other horses and donkey at Banner Farm, with 24-7 access to shelter and pasture.