We are convinced we have the single sweetest pony in the entire world here at SNF: Foxy Lady. Sometimes referred to as a “Barbie Doll pony,” Foxy has a beautiful golden coat and a flowing blonde mane and tail. She is a Welsh Pony/Arabian cross and the oldest pony at the barn at 30 years old! Foxy loves the little ones and has taught more children to ride than we can count. She is 110% reliable and always takes the best care of her riders. Her general perfection as a pony has earned her quite the fan club, from kids in lessons to birthday parties to camps. We don’t know what we would do without our Foxy—she’s one of the absolute greats.
To know Rosie is to love Rosie. She’s a beautiful black and white paint horse with an absolute heart of gold. With her sturdy built, her extra-comfortable gaits, and her completely fearless attitude, she is the perfect lesson horse. If a new student is fearful, timid, or has had a bad experience with riding, Rosie shows them the joy of riding again. She’s safe as could be and accommodating of all riders. We’ve lost track of how many people have vowed they’d never ride again, then had a lesson on Rosie and fell in love with the sport all over again! She is the backbone and one of the founding members of our lesson program. Our Rosie is truly one in a million.
Daisy is Rosie’s daughter! When we first got Rosie, we didn’t know she was pregnant, and several months later, she surprised us with a beautiful baby, whom we named Oops a Daisy, or just Daisy for short. Almost 10 years later, Daisy is still here at SNF, proving to be just as vital to the lesson program as her momma. Daisy is slightly more opinionated than Rosie, but just as bombproof. In the past few years she’s shown us what a fantastic jumper she is, too! She has a very rhythmical, balanced canter that makes it easy to find a distance to a jump. Daisy LOVES food and sometimes gets a little too excited when it comes to treats—make sure you keep a flat palm when feeding this cookie monster!
KC Kat came to SNF as a resale project in 2012, but when we realized what a good boy he was, we vowed never to let him go. KC is a Thoroughbred who tried and failed to be a race horse (you’ll understand why if you ever get the pleasure of riding this pokey boy). None of the typical Thoroughbred stereotypes apply to this handsome man—he is totally quiet, not afraid of anything, and his favorite gait is the halt. He is the ultimate confidence builder with a canter you’ll dream about. He has been horse shown by many, in both the hunter and dressage rings. If you’re looking for a partner who is 100% reliable and a ton of fun to ride, KC Kat is your guy. He’s happy to let you groom and pamper him for hours, take you on a leisurely trail ride, jump around a course, or put in a solid training level dressage test. They don’t come any sweeter.
Goldie is a staple of our lesson program. Before she came to live with us at SNF, she was showing a young rider the ropes of eventing and was apparently a cross country machine! Goldie, whose show name is Medium Fry, can teach the tiniest children their very first riding lesson or jump around a course of fences. She’s a really good-natured gal who never says no to anything you ask of her. Goldie is actually blind in her right eye, but it doesn’t affect her at all! We are grateful to have our Goldie pony as part of our lineup of lesson ponies.
Only at Macy’s, Macy for short, is an 18-year-old Paint/Quarter Horse mare. She is a beautiful chestnut with a blonde mane and tail and high white stockings up her legs. When she was younger, Macy was Melanie’s show horse, carrying her through second level dressage. Since then, she has joined our string of lesson horses, where she’s made it quite clear this is the life she prefers. Macy has become one of our best teachers, taking a special liking to the younger beginner riders. She’s become an expert at teaching kids to canter, and although she prefers flat work, she will pop you over a few jumps if you ask nicely. Macy was bottle fed as a baby, so even now as an adult, she’ll suck on her tongue like a baby bottle after she eats!
Aragon might try to convince you he is not a gentle giant with his grumpy faces, but don’t let him fool you. This 20-year-old Thoroughbred Percheron cross is a total teddy bear and would never hurt a fly. He has evented through Novice level and competed through second level dressage with his owner but is currently enjoying his life as a lesson horse here at SNF. He is that rare mix of athletic and kind and steps up to the plate no matter what is asked of him. We are lucky to have such a reliable schoolmaster in the barn!
Rebekka is by far the queen diva of SNF. A Dutch Warmblood mare imported years ago from Holland, Rebekka has never suffered in silence nor wanted for anything in her entire life. Despite her boss mare attitude, she is actually very sweet and will lick your hands for as long as you’ll let her. She protested loudly to life as a dressage horse, so we gave her a try as a hunter, which she made clear she loved! Rebekka has the most rhythmical canter that makes it nearly impossible to miss to the fences, making her a favorite among the hunter students. She’s also surprised everyone with her patience and steadiness when teaching more novice students to jump.
Dragonsmeade Impulse, whose barn name is Rory, has a personality 10 times his size. He is a petite 9-year-old Morgan horse who has made waves since joining the SNF team during the summer of 2018. Potentially the happiest horse in the barn, Rory is the very definition of “in your pocket.” He is always looking for treats, nuzzling you, or nickering to you. We don’t think Rory has ever had a bad day in his life. He loves to work and has a lot of natural talent in both dressage and jumping. In 2018, Rory and Laura partnered up and have competed in recognized dressage shows and local combined trainings together. In fact, they’ve been first or second in every class they’ve entered so far! Rory loves any job you give him. He is totally reliable for beginners, advanced riders, jumpers, and dressage riders. We love this versatile little guy and are so glad he is part of our team.
Daiquiri Dancer, better known as Dee Dee, was born here at SNF almost 10 years ago and is a half-sister to Captain Morgan. She’s an Oldenburg mare who stands about 15.2 hands tall. Dee Dee took a little longer to grow up and mature than some of the other horses, but now that her head is in the game, she’s been a delight to work with. She spent some time in the hunter world, where her big, floaty movement and careful, tidy jumping style really got her noticed. Recently, Dee Dee decided she would like some time off from jumping, so she’s debuted in the dressage world with her rider Rachel. The two have proved to be a great team, highlighted by their Reserve Champion Musical Freestyle at BLM Championships in 2018. Dee Dee might be part circus horse, too—she will smile on command if you ask her to!
Noble, who shows under the name Noble Impression, is one of our dressage schoolmasters. In his prime, he competed successfully through second level. He and Kathy won many awards together over the years, including the BLM Musical Freestyle Championship. A petite chestnut Thoroughbred in his early twenties, Noble is a kind, patient horse who enjoys teaching riders the ropes of movements up through third level. Just hold on tight if you’re schooling his flying changes—he gets serious air!
Rasta is one of our lovely large ladies: as a 16.1 hand Oldenburg, she is a big, thick girl. Rasta’s background is in the hunter arena, but she has recently proved to be quite the successful dressage competitor as well. In 2018, she had big wins in large, ultra-competitive divisions at both Lendon Gray’s Youth Dressage Festival and BLM Championships. Aside from her athletic talents, Rasta has another unique skill: her singing voice! She often hums in her stall, in cross ties, or under saddle. We are happy to have such a sweet, multitalented horse in the barn!
Ty is a sweet, multitalented gentleman. He is fairly new to SNF, but with his kind, gentle demeanor and willingness to try anything, he fit right in. Ty, who shows under the name Battle Royalty, has a background in eventing, but he and his rider Maggie have been dabbling in the hunter ring, as well. Ty is teaching Maggie the intricacies of riding and having a lot of fun doing it. The pair hopes to compete in some combined trainings next year as well.
Spanky, whose show name is Flacon, doesn’t know he is only 15.1 hands (don’t tell him!); he thinks he’s the biggest horse in the barn. He also doesn’t know he’s almost 21 years old (don’t tell him this either!); he’s still strutting around with Melanie at the FEI Intermediare I level at USDF recognized horse shows. Spanky was imported from Denmark years ago, where he spent time in the jumper arena. When he arrived in the US, he spent some time in the hunter ring before finding his home in the dressage world. Since then, he has earned Anecia her silver medal, Melanie her bronze and silver medals, and Laura her bronze medal. He is a phenomenal little horse with a show record a mile long. If you feed Spanky a treat, he’ll lick your hand endlessly afterward!
Sassy, who shows under the name Sangria, is a 6-year-old Oldenburg mare and the daughter of barn-mate Rebekka. She was born right here at SNF in 2012 and was supposed to be sold, but Melanie quickly fell in love with this fancy youngster and made sure that didn’t happen. Sassy definitely lives up to her name some days, but when all the pieces fall into place, she is astounding to watch. Her development into a dressage competitor has been fun to watch over the past few years. She won the training level championship at BLM championships in 2016 and has added countless other accolades since then. In 2019, she and Melanie hope to compete at fourth level with plans to look at the Developing Prix St. Georges the following year. Sassy is a really exciting prospect that we can’t wait to watch reach her potential.
Mazur, affectionately nicknamed Mo, is the hair envy of Second Nature Farm. His long, lustrous, wavy forelock that often falls over his eyes just add to his cuteness factor. What Mo lacks in height he makes up for in presence in the show ring. He has taken his owner Lauren from training level to third level, helping her earn her bronze medal in 2018! If you’re lucky, you’ll catch Mazur on one of his rare jump days; although he specializes in dressage, this little guy can jump the moon! Look for him moving up to fourth level in 2019. He is a force to be reckoned with.
Born and raised here at SNF, Captain is Anecia’s partner in crime. He is an 11-year-old KWPN Dutch Warmblood and a half-brother to Dee Dee! His favorite activities under saddle include hacking out at Fair Hill and showing off his flying lead changes (he holds the title of best lead-changer in the barn!). Captain’s best friends include his turnout buddy Prior (look for them tearing each other’s blankets off in the field beside the driveway) and his barn neighbor Santi (look for them sticking their tongues out at each other… They’ve even been caught chewing on each other’s tongues!). Needless to say, Captain has a ton of personality. He & Anecia have competed very successfully through the Intermediare I level and have plans to move up to Intermediare II and Grand Prix in 2019.
Crown Royal, better known around the barn as Santi, is SNF’s newest American citizen. He flew over from Germany during the summer of 2018 to be Anecia’s newest partner and Captain’s brother. Santi is the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome. He is absolutely breathtaking to look at and watch, with a personality to match. Nothing fazes this guy, from hacking out on the trails to his first overnight shows to coliseum arenas. He has already made a splash in the show ring at first and second levels, including musical freestyles at both levels, which helped Anecia earn her bronze freestyle bar! Santi is just a pleasure to have in the barn and has made an excellent addition to the SNF family.
Prior is a real-life black beauty. With his jet-black coat, 17+ hand stature, and floaty movement, he is quite the stunner. When Prior came to SNF, his owner was told he was a second-level packer with no hope for a lead change, but he quickly proved them wrong as he moved up to third level and easily qualified for all the finals! He has been fairly unstoppable ever since, tackling fourth level with grace and even moving up to Prix St. Georges with his owner Anne in 2018, when she earned her silver medal! He even competed in the Dixon Oval in the CDI at Dressage at Devon.
Think you’re tall? Go stand next to Lenny and then see if you still think you’re tall. Lennox, or just Lenny for short, is a MASSIVE chestnut gelding who came to SNF to help further one of our students’ equitation career. Though he hasn’t been here long, he has already made considerable progress with his rider Amanda. We’re excited for their 2019 season and to see our favorite big oaf become an equitation super star!
Chavi is a handsome 17-year-old Arabian/Warmblood cross whose owner Joan brought him to SNF this year. They have been such a fun addition to the barn! Chavi has the sweetest, most curious personality. He has been rehabbing an old injury in one of our walk-out stalls in the top barn and enjoys company when you walk by his stall. In him prime, he competed through the Prix St. Georges level, but after he and Joan both sustained injuries, they took a break from the show ring. Just this fall of 2018, Joan and Chavi returned horse showing, this time at training level. We think Chavi was a little offended by training level—he threw in a few extracurricular flying changes just to show off how talented he is!
Primarosa de Brio, or just Bria, is another one of SNF’s lovely large ladies. She is a big gray mare who is ¾ Andalusian and ¼ Quarter Horse. Bria is Kathy’s current partner who helped her earn her bronze medal in 2016! She began her career as an event horse, but after an injury limited her to flatwork, she came to Kathy and began her dressage career. Bria is an absolute powerhouse. With the help of Kathy, she is learning to harness all her athleticism and power into her dressage work rather than leaping through the air. One of Bria’s favorite pastimes is laying down and rolling in the indoor footing when she’s being lunged!
Bacardi was born here at SNF but was sold as a young horse. With that owner, he was a big shot event horse, competing up and down the east coast through training level eventing and second level dressage. We just recently got Bacardi back and have been having so much fun with him. He’s nothing like the young horse we sold all those years ago; he’s a big, fancy, well-schooled 12-year-old now! It’s really cool to see the progress he has made, and we are all excited to continue to progress this athlete.
Bella is one of our newest lesson ponies and has really risen to the occasion. A petite bay Welsh Pony with lots of white on her legs, Bella is absolutely adorable. She loves teaching the little ones and has been nothing but perfect for “up-down” lessons and tolerant of little riders’ flapping legs. Bella is picking up quickly on how to give pony rides for birthday parties and participate in the SNF gymkhanas. We’re happy to have such a sweet pony as part of our lesson program!
Shorter than a Great Dane dog, wider than they are tall, queen diva attitudes, dressed in hot pink blankets… That would be Cinnamon Bun and Pop Tart, our miniature horses. These munchkins are too small to be ridden but provide endless entertainment for everyone at SNF. They’re a package deal and have been known to escape their shared stall if you take one away from the other! Cinnamon Bun and Pop Tart love visitors, so go see these cheeky ponies in the lower barn shed row next time you’re at SNF.