The Master Teachers
Receiving numerous year end awards, including Pinto Horse Association Open Champion, Super Horse of the year with the New Jersey Pinto Horse Club. Their finest achievements were traveling to Tulsa, OK. and winning the Pinto Congress (Now the All Breed Color Congress). First as World Champion in Disciplined Rail Western Pleasure, and then becoming Reserve Champion in the same class two years later. He also received the prestigious National Snaffle Bit Trophy (NSBA), in English Pleasure. After his show career, Viton would often perform bridleless riding exhibitions for area stables, often ending with sitting on a bean bag chair!. For the last several years, Viton has been at the forefront of assisting all who attend our Horse Circles. His intuition and sensitivity is unmatched. His presence and calm demeanor has helped to move people to places of satiation, contentment and greater freedom. He is a true gentleman. He is also the only horse in the world to be featured in two TEDX Talks! He can be seen at a Horse Circle one day, and the next leading a parade for a community at White Horse Village, a retirement center! This is why we say he wears a lot of hats!! His greatest achievement, however, is being the four footed love of Mindy’s life. His attention to her, and the love he displays, is unmatched.
A magnificent black and white registered Appaloosa gelding. He came from Oregon, and Mindy thought she was bringing him in for herself. What she did not know at the time was one of her student’s grandmother’s fell in love with him, almost from the very first time she laid eyes on him! So, to the grandmother he went, and we still get to see him, as she boards with us. His personality is unmatched, and he is such an asset and a joy to have in the barn. A real character, for sure!! While his curiosity and inquisitiveness are endearing qualities, it makes it difficult for him to participate in Horse Circles at this time. However, we feel this will change as he ages and matures.
A registered Quarter Horse gelding, Jem is owned by a long time boarder. Jem previously had a long show career, eventually winning New Jersey 4-H State Showmanship Award. Her owner was 11 when she came to us, and she is now a nurse, married with her first child. He was the first horse she looked at, and quickly became one of her greatest loves. This, after Mindy had told her that “You never buy the first horse you go see.” Boy, was she proved wrong! Jem loves being a teacher for all those learning how to ride. He is extremely broke, quiet, and has unlimited patience with those who ride him. He is a barn favorite, for sure, and is greatly loved.
A retired thoroughbred, Hugo won a few races in his lifetime. He had a long career owned by a foxhunter, and has now come to us in his senior years. Interesting note about him, he had his front teeth removed, leaving only his molars. So, he is often seen with his tongue hanging out, which is more than adorable!!! We do our best to keep it warm in winter, and moist in the summer!! He is a kind gentle giant.
Indy comes to us by way of a therapeutic center. He is a pretty red roan quarter horse gelding, and he LOVES trail rides. he is also good in the ring, especially with our more advanced students. He loves cuddles and attention, which he gets a lot of!
Boots and Socks recently came to us, and they are a pivotal part of the farm. Super friendly, they entertain us with their whimsical activities, and the “presents” they often bring to us.
Days gone by, Snickers was one of our favorites! A stunning registered quarter horse gelding, grulla in color. Mindy’s Dad purchased him for her as a 4-year-old. Mindy kept him, sold him to a boarder, who leased him and eventually gave him to one of Sharon’s best friends who was a lovely rider. She went off to college, and many years later, as an aged horse, he came back to Mindy once again. Sadly Janelle, who owned him for many years, passed away from cancer a few years ago. She and Snickers are reunited, as he went over the “rainbow bridge” a couple of years ago. He was an amazing healer while he was with us and a pivotal part of our Horse Circles. He was even featured in Mindy’s first TEDX Talk! How Horses Heal, Transform and Empower
Ki was a registered Appaloosa gelding, who Mindy rode and showed to many awards, the most prestigious was the Chicago International. It is where, many years ago, she found her love of bridleless riding. That never left her!!
Jack had been with us for over 2 years, he was greatly loved and cherished by everyone who came to the farm. As the farm ambassador, he felt that he was the main attraction, not the horses! And, we did not tell him any different!! So incredibly popular, he even had his own page on the Next Door App…”Jack the Phoenixville turkey!”
Rocky was Mindy’s second pony, a Welsh “dappled roan liver chestnut,” as she would say. Here they are getting ready to enter a Halloween horse show, the costume class. (Which she won!) He was one of her early teachers. And helped her, at an early age, to wire her brain for satiation and contentment when around horses.