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.
Taking up reining in her fifties, Eleanor 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.