See for yourself how lovely they are!
Meet the Barn
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 32 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.
Oops a Daisy
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.
Only At Macy's
Only at Macy’s, Macy for short, is a 2000 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 flatwork, 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 24-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.
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!
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 an old man, born in 1998, (don’t tell him this either!). Spanky recently retired from his Grand Prix showing and is looking to teach a new rider the ropes. 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, silver, and gold medals, Laura her bronze medal, and Megan her silver medal. He is a phenomenal little horse with a show record a mile long. His tongue even sticks out now which just adds to his amazing personality.
Sassy, who shows under the name Sangria, is a 2012 Oldenburg mare and the daughter of Rebekka. She was born right here at SNF and was supposed to be sold, but Melanie quickly fell in love with this fancy lady 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 is working on the Grand Prix and has been showing FEI, but now Sassy has plans to have a baby girl in June 2023!
Diozar, better known as Derek, is a 2008 KWPN Gelding. Melanie is Derek's new rider and they plan to compete in the U25 GP next year. Derek has a sensitive side and is very sweet, but is very powerful under saddle with lots of suspension. He really is a McDreamy! He loves to be outside in his field and undress himself on the regular
Mazur, affectionately nicknamed Mo, is a 2002 German Riding Pony owned by Lauren Kramer. 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 PSG, helping her earn her bronze medal in 2018 and silver medal in 2019! 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!
Dancer aka Dylan is Lauren’s new high class guy. She bought him as a move up from her other pony Mazur. Dylan is very flashy with a white face, leg, and a big shoulder in the trot! He is a 2008 warmblood imported from Germany a few years ago who loves to make grumpy old man faces. Lauren is planning to show the I-1 and hopefully GP in the future!
Born and raised here at SNF, Captain is Anecia’s partner in crime. He is an 15-year-old KWPN Dutch Warmblood. 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 Spanky. 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.
Crown Royal, better known around the barn as Santi. 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, including musical freestyles, 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.
Chavi moved into one of SNF’s walk-out-stalls in the top barn to finish rehabbing an old injury in 2017. T his Anglo Arab/Trakehner knew from the time he arrived he and Joan would be back together in the show ring! In his prime, he competed through the Prix St. George level and become her schoolmaster. Both Joan and Chavi secured their bronze medal in 2016 before they both had sustained injuries. As time went on Anecia made Joan realize it was time to train again and show this bored, sweet, beautiful man! In 2018 we obviously offended him starting back at training level. His intermittent flying changes let us know he was ready to move up! In 2019 Joan and Chavi competed second level and won the BLM second level Musical Freestyle championship division! Chavi loves to dance and Joan is enjoying everyday she has with her once-in-a-lifetime forever partner.
Lenny is a 2011, 18 hand chestnut gelding with a personality to match his size. Leonard frequently finds himself getting into trouble, from rearranging his stall, to unlocking it himself, his cheeky personality makes him quite the handful. Although he lacks in ground manners, he is quite the gentleman under saddle. Lenny and his owner, Amanda, have made considerable progress in the hunter/equitation ring this past year and are excited about the upcoming show season!
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.
Gizmo is the best little man we have around the farm these days. He is going straight to heaven. Gizmo loves kids and is happy to plop around all day with them on his back. He also loves to canter and is happy to help our instructors teach their students how to do so. You can take Giz anywhere with anyone and he is always a gentleman.
Freddie is a 2013, German Warmblood. He is full of potential, currently working on Third level with hopes to moves into FEI in a few years. Freddie can be a typical teenage boy with his overzealous attitude, almost all the time, but Megan still loves his shenanigans. From winning High Point to running into trees Freddie is a handsome and talented dude.
2013 Hanoverian Gelding “Player “ is a lovebug with personality plus! He took his Young Rider through 3rd level and even loves to play with his musical freestyle! We are lucky enough to have him as part of our dressage team and can’t wait to see him in the show ring with his new riders.
Warrior Prince is a 2013 TB gelding. He has recently come to SNF with very little education but has proven to be quick learner while being gentle and kind. He has been working on his dressage and has been showing recognized with his rider Emma this year.
Ruby is nothing short of her name, a GEM! She is a 2003, warmblood, mare. She joined the SNF in 2020 and has quickly become a favorite among the riders and instructors. Ruby is truly a jack of all trades, she’s done dressage, XC, hunters, equitation, you name it. Before life, at SNF she was at Dickinson College being used in their IHSA program. Ruby is as easy going as they come and will do anything her rider asks of her. She can do a beginner lesson one day and then jump 3’ the next. When she’s not being ridden you will find her out in the field staring at her favorite pony Moon!
Kabi is a 2007, PRE, Gelding imported from Spain. He has the best personality and takes great care of his owner Katie. They are having great success at shows working on the Training level. Kabi is also working towards showing Third level with Melanie and learning his changes like a pro. He is a joy to ride and quite the Spanish dancer!
Full Court Pressure
Court is a 2007, gelding, and the most wonderful little thoroughbred you'll ever meet. He goes with the flow, is very kind, and is happy to take the more advanced riders or the newbies for a ride. He has become a favorite lesson horse at SNF because of his disposition and his willingness to work.
Moon is a 1998, Welsh, gelding, and a sassy little pony, but an absolute gem! He happens to look like an old pony SNF had named Soldier. That meant Moon had to join the crew! He was been a wonderful addition and a star in the hunter ring. Moon loves to jump around a course and is great at teaching the little ones how to ride. He may be small, but he has a large personality.
EZ came to Danielle as a resale project in 2018 but he quickly stole her heart. This guy truly fits his name, EASY, he has an incredibly sweet deposition and has all the qualities of a super star lesson horse. Although he is only 6 years old you would never guess it by his easy going ride. EZ is still young but is catching on quickly and learning fast how to be a lesson horse. When he’s not being ridden you’ll be sure to catch him playing with his buddies out in the field!
Bird is a beautiful 17.1 hand Hanoverian/Percheron cross. She is a dark bay with a touch of brown on her nose and a small white star. Bird loves treats! She is always looking for them! Her owner Shanna, only purchased her about a year ago and they have already formed on unbreakable bond. Bird came to her as a dressage horse but has recently started doing hunter shows, cross country and her favorite trail riding at Fair Hill. The future holds lots of new adventures for them.
Scotti is a 2009, Dutch Harness, gelding who is as cute as can be and ready for anything. He was recently blessed into the life of Joan and is ready to take care of her in her 7thdecade! Anecia knew he was the perfect addition both in attitude and work ethic to make them a wonderful pair. He has already proven himself at third level and is here to help Joan learn some new tricks and work on her medals! Scotti's stall is right next to his new brother Chavi, please stop by and welcome him!
Lacey is a lovely lady who is sweet and willing to do anything you ask. She is loving her life as a lesson pony teaching kids to trot, canter, and go over poles. Lacey is wonderful to be around in the barn and on her back.
Duet is a 2010 Thoroughbred/Clydesdale cross. He came to SNF in 2021 to be Heather’s competition prospect, and her mother Michele’s pleasure horse. Duet is sweet, patient, intelligent, and has a ton of potential! He has already shown a lot of promise at Second Level, and he and Heather will be working to get their scores for their Bronze Medal this year. When he’s in the arena, Duet is focused and always gives 110%. When he’s not working, he can be found eating, smiling for a cookie, or snoring loudly while he sleeps. Duet is a handsome guy with a ton of personality, and well-loved by those who are lucky enough to ride him.
MareGold is our 2016, 14h, resident Paint/Halflinger cross mare. This little lady is full of personality. She always wants to be picked for the next adventure. She jumps, trail rides, and enjoys the dressage arena. She is the one who is always getting into mischief so keep a close eye on her when you are handing out treats. If you are wondering out by the mare's field make sure you stop and say hello to her.
Roxy is our beautiful hunter show pony. (2005 model) She is known for her adorable face that loves to greet us in the morning for her tiny bits of grain. This lady has done it all, showing and jumping all over. Loads of experience with this one. She has perfect manners and loves to be pampered. She is happy standing on the cross-ties being groomed and fed treats or trotting on the trail or arena.
Sophia this large beautiful 2005 Percheron Cross is a favorite at the farm. She is a bit bossy in the field but lovely to ride. She loves to work and tries very hard to be her best. Sophia has endless energy for lessons and trail rides. She can usually be found in her field hanging out with her best buddy MareGold. I am sure they have some stories to tell.
Jose is currently the youngster at the farm, born in 2021. He is a beautiful bay boy who is spending his time just growing up. He is full of personality and learning to behave with groundwork and for or farrier. We are hoping the future is bright for this cutie pie.
Cinnamon Bun & Pop Tart
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.
Chevy & Titan
Chevy and Titan are the resident dogs at SNF. They are extremely friendly and love to bark at each other all the time. Chevy is a Pembrooke Corgi with a big personality and lots of tricks. Titan is a German Shepard who runs all day long and has the ability to fold in half. Both dogs love their farm life and love to get attention!
Desi & Daphne
Desi & Daphne are the beloved barn cats here at SNF! They can be found in the tack room, hayloft, on hay bales, hunting in the shedrow, sitting in trees, and running through the fields. Desi showed up one day and decided he loved it here with all the attention and treats. Daphne came as a kitten and has embraced her life in the barn with minimal efforts trying to keep her fluffy white fur clean. Both cats love to be petted and will scream and come running when they see you!