My heart is heavy as I share the news of the passing of our beloved
"Wilbur, The Really Special Horse". He stayed true to himself to the
very end, trying to convince us that everything was going to be fine. We will miss
him so, but are grateful for the privilege of knowing him and loving him.
Special thanks to the Eaton family for sharing him with us for the past six
years. Fly free, my friend.
There was a book published about Wilbur in October of 2009. It may be purchased
for $10.00 at the following link:
High Command (better known as "Wilbur") was a Registered Morgan
horse. He had been a champion show horse before coming to us. He was a blood
brother to Ryan (Eaton's Orion, pictured below).In horse terms, this means he
had the same father; his mother was a full sister to Ryan's mother.
He came to us as a free lease from the Eaton family in Bellevue in 2004.
We taught him another totally different way to enjoy life. He was always
quite the character... a really special horse! He is shown at left with
Jessica Crist in 2007.
LOPIN’ ON EASY
“Tye” is a 10-year-old Registered Quarter horse
that is visiting us from our wonderful neighbors, the Lillie family. He came
to us in April of 2010.
He was previously shown English and Western pleasure.The first thing we taught him was to ride
bareback without a bridle. He will be learning dressage in the future.Right now he is learning to pull a cart,
and to jump.He’s
loving every minute of it!In
2012 he is officially being “promoted” to being our “beginner” horse.He has several children lining up for their
first show on him this year!
He is shown at left with a special friend (Sylvia) in the summer of 2010.
SPIRIT OF DAKOTA
Dakota came into our lives in 2003, in a very
roundabout way! He is not registered, but is about 14 years old. He's a bay Tobiano paint horse, and I'd bet he has quite a bit of
Mustang in him. We've spent some time teaching Dakota to be "people
savvy" and he is a very smart horse. He's taught everyone around him
quite a bit. In 2012 we are committed to teaching
Dakota to be a true “lesson horse” that can be ridden
EATON'S FIRE AND ICE
"Tommy Boy" is visiting courtesy of The Eaton family from
Bellevue also. He is an 11-year-old Registered Morgan and has been with us
since October 2006. He has learned how to be ridden, and also how to pull a
cart. He's very personable! In 2009 he made his debut at a few horse shows,
and won the hunter hack class at the SPOOH Fall Classic October 3rd. He is
pictured (left) with Alex Berger at the 2009 Horse-Nic.
His mother is Eaton's Star Dancer (pictured below).
APOLLO'S WINTER SUN
"Sonny" is an 11-year-old Arabian that has been with us since
June of 2008, thanks to the generosity of Elaine Schmitt. Sonny has excelled
at teaching his riders how to canter. He rides english
very well and loves to pull a cart. He is shown here (right) at the 2008
Horse-Nic being ridden by Macy Michel.
Gina was our beginner horse. She was a Registered Appaloosa mare that had
lost her spots (she never had any!) She taught many people how to be
retired in 2008 and spent her last four years enjoying her new home with the
Houser family.Gina passed away on
March 13, 2011 at the age of 28.
Pictured to the left are Jessica Lagucki on
Gina, (back row) Andrea Giovine and Molly Corbin,
(front row) Annie Inscho and Sydney Hull- Picture taken in 2002 with our
original group of students.Not
pictured is Emily Basham.
DBM PRO FIREBALL
Fireball was our intermediate horse. He is a 25-year-old Registered
Arabian. He has the nickname of Mudball because his
favorite hobby is getting dirty as soon as he's groomed up nice and clean!
Riding Fireball to the right is Annie Inscho, picture taken in 2004.
Fireball was retired with Gina in 2008 and is enjoying life at the
"Ryan" is our advanced horse. He is a 19-year-old Registered
Morgan. His favorite job is pulling a cart and teaching people how to drive.
He won the Liberty class at the 2004 KYOVA All-Morgan horse show at Eden Park
May 29, 2004 (pictured at left with Tammy Corbin).
Ryan was so fancy we sent him to college June 1, 2008. Under the
instruction of Karen Stephens at KKM Stables in Bellville, Ohio and
sponsorship of Connie Carr and Joe Clark he won two of the three classes his
first dressage show with Connie riding him.He returned to us in 2011 (thanks and appreciation go out to Connie
and Joe) and is taking an active role here teaching dressage also.
An extra special thanks to Karen Stephens for services rendered in 2011
"Annie" is a 20 year old Registered Saddlebred
mare that came to us in October 2005 as a free lease from Joan Hammond in
Yellow Springs, OH. She had an accident when she was a yearling that caused
the loss of her right eye, but she has gone without it for so long she
doesn't even realize she has a handicap! She rides and drives and is smooth
as silk in her gaits. She is now proudly owned by Dene' Marcello, and
moved to Connecticut in September 2010. She is shown at right with Megan
Meier at an ICPHA Horse Show in 2008.
"Betcha" has an interesting story. It
took over a year for him to find his path here, and much gratitude is given
to the Marcello family and Betty Weibel. Thanks
especially to Laura Marcello for sharing him with us. He is a 13-year-old
Appendix Quarter Horse, and his father (BettOhio) was a very well known
sire. He was with us since December of 2006 through September of 2010 and
is shown at left with Emily Basham at the ICPHA show in Croton, Ohio in
2007. Betcha moved in September of 2010
and is enjoying life with the Marcello family in Connecticut.
EATON'S STAR DANCER
Star spent some time with us from October, 2006 to July, 2008. She is the
mother of Tommy, and came to us from Firelands Farm
(The Eaton Family) in Clyde, Ohio. Star learned how to ride and got a good
start in learning how to pull a cart. She is now known as "GRACE"
and does ministry work with In His Image New Life Christian Stables, in
Croton, Ohio. You can learn more about this ministry if you go to this link: