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Posted July 09, 2014 in Community Featured, Greene County
Marilyn Leiss of Jefferson decorates her flower gardens with Wonderhorses she places on poles to look like carousel horses.

Marilyn Leiss of Jefferson decorates her flower gardens with Wonderhorses she places on poles to look like carousel horses.

People driving down Cedar Street in Jefferson often take a second look when they pas the home Marilyn Leiss and Bob Coil.

The second-takes happen as drivers see a row of what appears to be merry-go-round horses along the south side of the house and another on a white pole on the north side of the house.

On closer inspection, a person can tell the horses didn’t originate on a merry-go-round. Rather, each of the horses started life as a Wonderhorse, explains Leiss. A Wonderhorse is a rocking horse for children set on tension springs in a metal frame.

Over the years Leiss has picked up Wonderhorses at garage sales, from friends and from family. Once in a while, she gets them from people who don’t know her but want their Wonderhorses to have a second life.

“I just drill a hole in the middle of the saddle and put a pole down through the middle,” Leiss explains. “About 12 years ago I saw one, and I told Bob what I wanted to do. He asked me how I was going to do that, and I told him with PVC pipe,” she says. “We also wanted something to put in the flower beds.”

Leiss says she is attracted to the horses and likes to look at them in her flower beds because it brings back memories.

“My dad always had horses. We had Shetland ponies and some Welshes,” she recalls.

People sometimes give Leiss Wonderhorses they no longer want. Photos by Juli Probasco-Sowers.

People sometimes give Leiss Wonderhorses they no longer want. Photos by Juli Probasco-Sowers.

Her father had made a cart for her and her sister and brother to drive in parades. They also participated in horse shows at the Greene County Fair, Leiss says.

The Wonderhorses come in a variety of colors and sizes. Attached to PVC pipe and placed in the ground gives them the carousel look.

Currently, there are four or five along the south side of the house, three along the north side of the house and out in the yard on the north side of the house.

The white horse on the north side in the yard is probably her favorite.

“That’s the first one I got and put up,” she says.

That particular Wonderhorse belonged to her granddaughter, Jenna.

Her friend, Bob, helps her transform the Wonderhorses into garden ornaments.

“I think he likes how easy they are to make,” she says.

Contact Darren Tromblay at 953-4822 ext. 304 or darren@dmcityview.com to be featured in a future “Where We Live” column of Greene County Living.





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