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The finished bridle may look complicated, but once the buckles are set, only two buckles are required to mount the harness. (Photos by Sandy Hadler, contributor)

Progress: Harnessed to a favorite pastime

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By Sandy Hadler, Contributor

ZUMBROTA — Dan Stussy of rural Zumbrota retired in 2004 and planned to repair old buggies and wagons as a pastime. Instead, he found himself creating a variety of leather items for his family and friends.


Years before that, he had acquired skills in leather crafting after he and his wife, Barb, bought a Shetland pony for their daughter. He said of his hobby, “It went from there.”

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