She’s a 15.3 hand Appendix Bay, who also happens to be the mare in charge! Her show name was “Sunshine Glow” and boy does she! Born in 1989 she’s been on the team for over 10 years. Now-a-days she works with our smallest riders a few days a week. She’s semi-retired, but still wants to be part of the action. She’s absolutely amazing, enjoying all aspects of life at Shepard Meadows.
Moses is the man! A 16.2 hand Clydesdale /Appaloosa cross gelding, whose red roan coat, 4 white socks and stripe make him unmistakable. He’s been sharing his love at Shepard Meadows since 2015, when he arrived from Long Island after being rescued there. If you have the opportunity to work with him, be sure to scratch that special spot just below the withers and watch his expression!
Say “hello” to the most famous member of the herd, “Indy” short for Indiana Jones. He’s a former trotter, and at 16.1 hands, is one we all look up to! A Standardbred, all black, with no markings, except a whorl on his forehead, he’s playful and youthful. He arrived in 2016, and although he’s semi-retired, he primarily works with our adult riders. He likes to think he runs the farm, and perhaps he does, but don’t tell Lola!
Georgie Porgie Pudding an Pie, he’s an American Quarter Horse/Draft Cross who joined our team in the fall of 2018, on loan from Oakendale Farm, LLC. He’s a gorgeous dun color with a dorsal stripe and dazzling blaze. It seems everyone within 50 miles knows George. He has taught so many riders as a lesson horse, through pony club rallies, and even show jumping and dressage shows. There isn’t a person anywhere who doesn’t love our big and steady George!
Tonka is in fact built like a truck! He’s a Haflinger pony gelding, with palamino coloring and a whorl, star, strip, and snip. Born in 2011, he’s the youngest member of our herd, and we don’t forget it. Tonka is owned by Oakendale Farm, LLC and leased to us. He spent a year at The Ethel Walker Equestrian Program before coming to us in the spring of 2019. He’s a rock-star pony with equally dazzling personality. He’s a favorite of all the young riders (and Kentucky’s BFF too)!
His name is Kentucky, but he hails from upstate NY. Also known as “Tucker,” he’s a registered American Quarter Horse who joined the herd in the spring of 2019. He’s incredibly handsome (oh those eyes!) and loves to bring our riders off lead and towards independence. He has competed in many western horse shows before coming to Shepard Meadows, and was even quite the barrel racer.
Elmer is our therapy mule. He was a rescue that came to us in late spring, 2019. He was timid and shy, and still sometimes thinks twice about trusting all of the two-legged friends at the farm, but boy does he love the attention! He greets our volunteers and participants with his tender “whimper” and keeps tabs on all the comings and goings in the barn. The horses joke that he’s their therapy!
His real name is Don Juan, but the herd thought that was a bit much, so they insisted he go by D.J. He’s a American Quarter Horse/Paint cross with 2 socks and 2 stockings. Unlike Kentucky, D.J. is actually from Kentucky, trained as a ranch horse, with some cutting and reining too. He’s 15.1 hands tall and Parelli trained. His favorite past time is to enjoy a long trail ride and believe it or not, he loves belly rubs!
Bart arrived at Shepard Meadows in the fall of 2019. He’s a Shire/Appaloosa cross who has spent most of his life fox hunting in the Hudson Valley, NY. He’s our gentle giant who is dedicated to serving in our Veteran’s Program – a great teacher to those new to riding as well as being responsive to those more experienced. Look for Bart rambling our fields with a joyous rider!
Molly and Mabel have their own private home and yard. They are a favorite with our young guests. M & M are well-known for the large appetites (trying to keep up with their larger equine friends)? Many volunteers put on their leashes and take them for a walk about the farm.
Our two barn cats, Shep and Meadow, were rescued from a local shelter. You probably won’t spot them while you’re at the farm, but they do a phenomenal job with pest control. They are working cats, who are occasionally spotted in the evening when they come around for their dinner.