Our school horses are carefully selected and trained to meet the needs of our students from very beginner to competing over fences at 2’6”. Some are very specialized while others can do a wide variety of levels of work. All are carefully monitored so that they do not get overworked and do get proper nutrition and the veterinary, farrier and loving attention that they need.
CHARM, I am a very lucky horse because, although I have had several owners, I have lived at Stonehouse since 2000. I can’t help that I am so good looking because of my pretty coat, lovely markings, and delicate features. I love to jump and my lead changes are automatic – making it easy for you!
CHIP, I used to be a race horse, but was pulled from the track in 2009 and now I am learning how to be a Hunter. I am learning very quickly and am willing to try just about anything. I am also very curious about things going on around me, and sometimes need to be reminded to pay attention. I love walking the trails and one day hope to teach beginner riders in the grass ring and be a show horse. My color is dapple grey. As I get older my color will get lighter until I am nearly all white, but my beautiful mane and tail will stay black.
ELVIS, You may wonder about my name but I assure you it suits me well since I truly Rock n Roll around the ring – the show ring that is! I like going to shows both at home and away, and have competed successfully at “AA” rated shows as a Large Children’s Pony Hunter, winning Champion two years in a row at Culpeper. You will need to be a little more experienced to ride me in a lesson, so if you are a beginner, you will know you are moving up if you get to ride me in a lesson. I have a very bouncy trot but a very smooth, flowing canter and jump.
HEARTY, I started off my career as a western trail pony. When I moved to Stonehouse in 2011, I began to learn about the hunter ring. I am owned by Abigail Best and because she is now too tall to ride me, she lets me be a lesson pony so I can teach other riders in the short stirrup ring, like I did for her. When riding me, please be soft with your hands because I don’t like to be pulled on a lot. Using your weight and voice to communicate to me works much better!
JANE, I came to Stonehouse Stables in 2013. I have been showing for most of my life with different riders and I love it. But most of all I enjoy my spa time! I will stand like a princess to get groomed and pampered. I am also really good at taking my riders around short stirrup or 2’ courses. On the other hoof, please help me with my right lead canter because it’s tricky for me (I think I’m left hoofed). I also have a very well-known reputation among the local IEA teams as being a “great draw”. If you have not heard about IEA, ask your trainer today and we can tell you all about it!
LIL, Have you ever played with “My Little Ponies”? Well here I am – the REAL deal! I have learned a lot, having been raised and trained here on this farm. I am known to be hard to make go sometimes, but once I’m started I will cruise around the ring. At 13.1 hands I am a medium pony. You may think of me as white, but I am actually grey because of the color of my skin. I love to horse show, jump any jump, and still take care of the little ones.
MISTY, I started life as a western reining horse. Reining is a western discipline designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse. I then moved into the hunter ring and I love my job. I am particularly great with beginner riders because of my nice smooth slow trot. My slow trot comes from my early training as a western horse and it is called a jog. However, if you use your leg and crop I will move forward like a hunter princess and I love to jump. I am currently not in use in the lesson program due to injury, but I am going to make a full recovery!
MOBY, Have you ever watched show jumping? Well, it is no secret that I used to be very good at it! I used to jump very high jumps and fast too – but now that I am a bit older I stay to 3 foot and under and have learned to slow down to a Hunter pace.
MOLLY, Don’t tell me that I’m an old pony. I feel so good that I am known as the “go go pony” sometimes. I really enjoy teaching riders how to trot around the grass ring. Please be soft and kind with your hands, and I listen very well to your legs.
SPOT, Did you know that Pintos are the most handsome horses in the world? Well, at least that is what I think! I am very versatile and work with riders of all ages, from walk/trot only to jumping 2’6” fences. When I’m not in the ring working, I enjoy going on trails and can even lead the group. I came to live at Stonehouse Stables when I was just three and was trained by Tara to be the good boy you know today. If you ride me, be sure to use MY saddle, which is made to fit me.
WALDO, originally came from a farm in New York and have been “around the block”. I have done western trails, hunter shows, and now a lesson horse. I have loved all my jobs! I do have an old hip injury that causes me to walk a bit stiff and I have a hard time picking up my back hoof, but I will always try.