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Providence Hill Farm - Business Matters

It has become a destination for corporate events, weddings and even film and television productions. Now, the manager at Providence Hill Farm in Hinds County is blazing a new trail.

Providence Hill Farm has been hot property in the last few months. It has served as the backdrop for the Warrior Dash, which benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and a film crew wrapped-up shooting the movie "A Gift Horse" in June.

Providence manager Jimmy Grant is not surprised that people are being charmed by the farm's beauty.

"We have beautiful rolling timber, moss covered trees behind us and these lakes," Grant said. "I have to pinch myself everyday when I come out to make sure it's real."

Grant has also been pinching himself about the farm's newest addition. The outdoorsman and shooting enthusiast is making the farm more accessible to the public through the Providence Hill Farm Sporting Club.

"How about a country club with guns, bows and fishing rods, instead of golf clubs," Grant said. 

Members will have access to world-class sport shooting clays, a 3D archery range and fishing in the farm's four lakes. This is in addition to the equestrian venues and horse stables, which Providence Hill Farm is best known.

The horses are why the Martin family tasked Grant with making the farm a decade ago. Initially, it was for the family's private use.

"Not until about seven years ago we really turned this into something that helps pay for itself," Grant said.

As for paying for itself, corporate events and weddings were the main source of income until Grant got the idea for the sporting club. According to him this latest move is already paying off.

"My membership has grown faster than I dreamed it would," Grant said. "Excited about that, because the more members I have the more things I can offer."

Meanwhile, they'll continue to offer events like Warrior Dash, which provides a great economic stimulus for the area. Stimulus also comes from the jobs created through the Farm. Providence Hill Farm employs 13 people.

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