Emily's school horses are selected and trained carefully so that students can learn not only how to safely ride a horse, but how to communicate effectively. Horses are selected for patience, calmness, intelligence and skill, and are trained in several disciplines, including dressage, jumping, western, gymkhana and even driving. This allows students to learn to improve themselves through the discipline of their choice, on the horse that best suits their personality. Emily's horses are part of a closely knit family, and each is treated with respect and given plenty of time to just be a horse. "A happy school horse is a safe school horse!"

Aoife (pronounced Ee-Fah, AHA Charming Cheyenne) is a 14.2hh registered Arabian mare who has plenty of pep in her step, but she knows that her job is to safely carry her riders. In her heyday she did quite well at jumping and gymkhana, and she continues to do so but at fifteen she is just beginning to slow down a bit. This slowness, however, is allowing her to finally live up to her physical potential in the dressage ring and she is currently showing in training level and schooling first level.

 


Lyra (AHA BA My Stars) is another farm favorite. She is the go-to horse for beginners and special needs students, and yet is showing at first level dressage, preparing to come out at second in 2016. She is a sixteen-year-old, 15 hand purebred Arabian mare and is also profficient in western pleasure, trail and hunter under saddle.

 

 

Missy is a 2001 purebred, unregistered Egyptian Arabian mare who does it all. She may only be 14.3hh but she is a fantastic dressage horse, has stellar jumping form, is happy to collect up for western pleasure and is even happier to fly around barrels in gymkhana. She is one of those once-in-a-lifetime horses, and she has been the heart of riding for many, many students.

 

 



Teagan (AHA Princess Bahara) is a master of all disciplines, albeit in her own expressive way. She is a 14.3hh Arabian mare who excells in dressage, jumping, gymkhana and western pleasure. She is a very seat-attentive horse and is an amazing teacher when it comes to coordinating the aides. She is showing an affinity for kid's lessons, and we are starting to lower the height of her jumping as she is fifteen and we would like to preserve her joints. Her dressage work is more steady and expressive than ever, and she loves her trot lengthens!

 

Thistle (AHA PFrost) is an amazing athlete at 22 years old. She is schooling second level dressage, showing training level and first level, and can still pop over 2'6" jumps. She is also slow and steady for western pleasure, and is a great barrels horse. There's nothing she can't do, and she is a testiment to her breed's versatility.

 



 

Hero (AHA Blackberry Wine) is an eleven year old, 16.1hh double registered National Show Horse. She is profficient in dressage and jumping. Her barn nickname is "Momma Long-Legs" since she has some pretty gangly legs, but she certainly knows how to snap them up for jumps! She is currently strengthening her collection for second level.





Branson is a 16.3 hand 22 year old Holsteiner gelding trained to third level in dressage with a mysterious past. He came to Emily with intermittent lameness, which improved drastically with chiropractic work. He was then diagnosed with EORTH in September 2014 and in October he went to the local clinic to have all of his top incisors removed (and then promptly tore out all of his sutures!)
He has joined the lesson string and is now our most beloved schoolmaster, schooling second level and working on building up his topline to ultimately return to third.

 

Declan (AHA JR Popstarr) is everyone's favorite little five-year-old here at the farm. He is a 14.2 hand, five year old dapple grey Arabian gelding with flashy movement and a steady-eddie attitude. We are excited to have him in our program and can't wait to see him mature into a spectacular little sporthorse schoolie. He is currently giving lessons to petite intermediate riders in walk, trot and canter and over cross rails, and is showing intro level dressage, preparing to show in training level in 2016.

 

Keelin is back! She is a 14.3hh, unregistered MorganXArabian mare with more energy than she knows what to do with. She came to me originally with some deep-rooted anxieties and has been slowly but surely working through them. She is currently ridden by advanced students only, and is schooling first level in dressage and jumping 3' with potential to go higher. It takes a very special and empathetic rider to click with Keelin, but when they do she is a loyal, trusting companion.

 

Veery is a nine year old, 15.2hh Warmblood/Cob cross mare who was used as a broodmare for a few years before a year off. Now she is being trained as a dressage horse, and is being used in intermediate lessons. Her snappy movement and lofty stride may look impressive, but her gait is smooth and easy to ride. We have great hopes for her as she begins to develop balance and poise in training! Watch for her in the show ring in 2016!

 

Willow (AHA Startruck Motivation, 2008) is not yet finished under saddle, but is getting there quickly! This 15.1 hand flashy mare is one of the most curious, eager-to-learn horses I've ever worked with. She is a broodmare, bred by Starstruck Arabians, and is currently in foal to Matador BPF to produce a 2016 foal! She is greenbroke and was worked lightly through the first half of her pregnancy, but has now got herself the time off that she deserves as a beloved broodmare.




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Kingsley is what Emily would call a major "rehab project". He is a massive 13 year old Trakehner gelding standing at 17,3 hh and with training through third level, but he unfortunately has "EPSM" or "Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy" as well as terrible ulcers ulcers. When Emily first brought him home, his hind end was atrophied and he was incredibly lame, but don't let that fool you!
With nutritional therapy as well as chiropractic and massage, he has made a full recovery and will be competing at 1st and 2nd levels in 2016!

 

Fitz a 16.1 hand RPSI gelding and is the latest schoolie to join the string. Despite his being a bit on the "high maintenance" side, Fitz is worth his weight in gold. We aren't sure of his dressage background, but we suspect he has training through at least third level. He is still building topline after some extended time off with his previous owner, but we expect him to be showing 1st level this summer, with potential for 2nd by the end of the season. He is currently giving dressage and intermediate/advanced hunter lessons, and loves an occasional hack out on the trail with friends.

 

Bertie is perhaps the biggest personality in the barn at the moment, owing to his considerable boredom from being on stall rest following a hoof resection due to white line disease. He is a 15.1 hand, five year old "Oops Baby" meaning we don't know who his father was, but his mum is a QH/TWH cross! You would never know he has gaited blood, however, as his trot is as pure as it is ginormous. Once his resected hooves grow out, Emily has very high hopes for this little guy as he has some of the most uphill and natural self carriage she has ever worked with. Three cheers for grade horses!

 

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Freyja has retired from lessons and has gone to her new home in Reed City where she is very busy looking gorgeous and holding down the ground, between trail rides and light drives. Thank you so much, Sarah, for helping her find the perfect retirement from lessons as a new trail horse for your dad!

 

 

Ffiona has left the program to continue her show career with her new mom, Erika!
We could not have asked for a better home for her, and we can't wait to see you both in the show ring this year!

 



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Caspian has left the program to continue his show career with his new mom! Congratulations Jennifer! We are all so excited to see you and Casper in the show ring.








Moth of Peace is loving life with her new owner, Kari, in Indiana. We miss you, big girl!