Face Time with Lyla Blanchard

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Genoa resident Lyla Blanchard, 49, was getting Glory ready to give carriage rides at Pumpkins for a Cure in Geneva when she answered nine questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.  

Where did you grow up? The Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago

Pets? A German shepherd named Ziggy, and two horses, Glory and Kolah, and a mini donkey named Stella

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Gwyneth Paltrow

First job? Driving a horse carriage at 18

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I always knew it would have to do with horses. That was my goal in life. When I was a kid, I drew stick figures of horses. I’m also an artist.

A book you’d recommend? “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen and the movie would be “Secondhand Lions”

Favorite charity? Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation, the charity we’re working with for the carriage rides.

Favorite local restaurant? Michael Angelo’s Deli and Chianti’s in Geneva

What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I met Phyllis Diller at the Western Open.