At Riverwood, we treasure our horses, they give us their friendship, love and dedication every day, and for that we are always thankful. Due to the costs associated with equine care, we hope to have a minimum of two – three sponsors per horse. If you, your family, business, or any group or organization would like to sponsor one of our amazing therapy horses, please contact us for details.
Angel ~ Sponsors: Alan & Susan Kirby
Angel is a 14.3 hand arabian cross mare. Her soft chestnut coat and huge brown eyes make her seem like a large teddy bear. She is sensitive but brave and is always ready to go when asked. She has had a lot of trail experience in her past but is also able to offer a smooth ride to our students in the arena. Her sweet attitude and willingness to learn new things have endeared her to all of us!
Blaze ~ Sponsors: Kyle & Marie Petty
Blaze is a dark roan, 15.3 hand mare who has lived at the farm since she was 4 years old. She has been an all around horse with a special talent for jumping. She has become a reliable mount for our advanced riders who are learning how to ride with a purpose. Her curiosity and courageous attitude make her a great confidence builder for our students.
Boomer ~ Sponsor: Courtney Czarnecki
Boomer is a black, 16.2 hand appendix quarter horse gelding who has lived on the farm since he was 4 years old. He started his career as a Pony Club levels horse and now helps our advanced riders learn the principles of dressage, basic jumping and general riding skills. His favorite place to be is on the trails carrying children and adults with ease. Bathed, clipped and shined he has a beautiful presence in the arena!
Cody ~ Sponsor: Nancy Fowler
Cody is a quarter horse and a gentle giant; he measures in at 16.3. He loves people and is always looking for a chance to be scratched or loved on by a willing person. His history includes being a trail horse, a lower level dressage horse and a family pet. He has proven himself to be a steady and reliable horse for our most timid beginners as well as a fun horse for our intermediate riders. His sweet personality makes him a perfect fit at the farm.
Fits ~ Sponsor: Collins Commercial Properties
Fits is a 14.1 hand Connemara/Welsh pony cross. He was previously a successful hunter show pony and then a lesson pony in a local able bodied riding program. His owner graciously donated him to us when Fits decided he was ready for change. His height and broad back make for a secure place for the rider with challenged balance. Fits is known for his gentle nature and emotional connection with our students. He is also known for kisses!
Flash ~ Sponsors: George & Eleanor Wilson, Kerri Crater and Madeline McGuire
Flash, a quarter horse with a sweet disposition, has spent most of his life as a top notch cutting horse and trail partner. His easy going gait and patience makes him a wonderful part of our program. Flash was donated by his owner who wanted him to continue giving his talents to children and beginner riders.
Gator ~ Sponsor: Mariam Wright in honor of Dr. Vickie Newell, Greystone Veterinary Clinic
Gator is a 15.1 hand chestnut paint gelding with a sweet disposition and big, lovable brown eyes. He has had an extensive show career as a western pleasure horse and is now moving on to his next job as a much loved therapy horse. He is a great size for children and adults. His versatility and friendly attitude make him a perfect match for our program.
Ibby ~ Sponsors: Family & Friends in memory of Joan Trottier
Ibby is a 15 hand palomino quarter horse gelding. He has done it all from western pleasure to hunter over fences. His size and smooth gait are perfect for so many of our challenged riders. He is teaching several students to canter and jump. He loves to ride the trails!
Kahlua ~ Sponsors: Cindy Martin and Cathy Goff
Kahlua is a dark bay 15.1 hand mare. She is very sweet and has a quiet disposition. She is very curious and in tune to the people around her. She was used as a trail horse and as lesson horse for beginner riders before coming to the farm. Because of her size and willingness to work, Kahlua has become a steady mount for our adult and teenage riders.
King ~ Sponsors: Jennifer & David Barksdale
King is a jet black quarter horse who, according to some of the children, looks like The Black Stallion. King traveled most of the mountain trails in North Carolina and Virginia in his younger years. Although his trail days are over, he is a partner to our students who are not able to tackle the more difficult trails on the farm. He is willing to carry those who have the most physical challenges.
Lucky ~ Sponsors: William and Donna Cowden
Lucky is a small Welsh pony who is on loan to Riverwood by his owners. He has the personality of a MUCH bigger horse and he loves being the boss of anyone who will let him. His sweet disposition and small size make him an invaluable therapy pony and he also really shines when working in our psychotherapy program. He loves to eat anything, at anytime and will search your pockets for any goodies you might have brought just for him!
Pet ~ Sponsors: Greg & Anne Epting and Piedmont Natural Gas
Pet is an Amish bred pony with a big personality in a small body. She is the boss mare and is willing to let anyone know that in case they forget! However, her heart is as big as her personality and she'll win you over with her sweet brown eyes and steady gait. She carries some of our most involved riders with care.
Sassy ~ Sponsors: Cate & Lam Hardman, Lilly & Ward Clapp
Sassy is a small, bay shetland/hackney pony cross who lives up to his name. His talents far outweigh his small size! He is willing to carry our smallest riders carefully, but he really loves to help our beginners learn how to trot. He is the quintessential “plucky” pony with a sweet face and a mighty big heart. He’ll find food faster than any other horse in the barn and always gets a big reaction from everyone he meets!
Skip ~ Sponsors: Al and Patricia Baker
Skip is an American Quarter Horse who was generously donated by his long-time owners. He is a very sweet guy with huge, curious eyes and an even bigger heart. He loves to be groomed and petted, and he is very thoughtful and considerate around groups of people. He is nice and slow for our beginners but also has a great trot and canter gait that will give our experienced riders lots of practice. He is gentle and kind, and wants to please his riders very much.
Thomas ~ Sponsors: The Hubbard Family and Mariam Wright
Thomas the Train (aka Thomas) is a
black and white Welsh Cob who has worked his way into
the program and our hearts. Thomas was generously donated by his previous owner who had taught him how to be a lesson horse as well as a jumper and eventer. His large frame and unflappable attitude make him a perfect match for Riverwood's riders who need steady support.