Bear is a 2007 Appendix Quarter Horse gelding. Although he began his working career as a ranch horse, Bear seems to like the transition to being a therapeutic riding horse. He loves taking students on trail rides. Right now he works with several of our more advanced students, and will be working in more lessons as his arena experience grows.
Bria is a 1999 Norwegian Fjord mare. Fjords are the oldest recorded purebred horse breed in the world. Bria came to us with a background in dressage. Because of her gentleness, patience and very smooth gaits, she is a favorite for learning to trot and canter. Although she is shy with other horses, she will gladly look for carrots in your pocket.
Buck is a 2006 Kentucky/Rocky Mountain Horse gelding. He was named Buck by his owner and NNNTRC founder John McCain, because of his beautiful buckskin coloring. Buck is a gaited horse, which means he has an extra smooth gait that differs from the gaits of most horses.
Eve is a 2005 Registered Quarter Horse mare. Eve's primary focus is dressage, but she will happily jump a course or go on a trail ride. With her smooth gaits, Eve likes to teach students who are just learning to post the trot. Her owner is Lin Podolinsky, Vice President of The Stoneybrook Foundation Board of Directors.
Gin is a 2002 Quarter Horse mare. Before coming to live at NNNTRC, she was a Western riding horse. Now she exhibits her patience and versatility by working in lessons ranging from walking on a lead line with some of our youngest, most inexperienced students to cantering with some of our more advanced students.
Kalypso, nicknamed Kali, is the 2014 quarter horse filly of our former therapy horse, Secret. She was born on the Nickers 'N Neighs farm. She will need to keep growing and learning before she is a riding horse. Now Kali is working in horsemanship lessons with some of our more advanced students.
Luka is a 2009 Appendix Quarter Horse mare. She is owned by NNNTRC student, Sophie Papurello, but Sophie is kind enough to share her with our program! Luka has a background in Western pleasure, but now teaches students to post the trot in an English saddle. She loves attention, and will come over to visit as soon as she spots you.
Luna is a 2007 Morgan Haflinger cross mare. When she isn't working as a therapeutic riding horse, she competes in dressage with her owner, NNNTRC Operations Manager, Kim Reynolds. Luna is popular with our students because of her silly personality when she sticks her tongue out at visitors.
Pixie is a 2003 North American Sport Pony mare. She loves to jump and was the show partner of a young girl before coming to Nickers ‘N Neighs. Pixie is gentle with beginner students, and challenges her more advanced riders. With her loud whinny and bubbly personality, she is one of our most popular ponies.
Simon is a 2000 Tennessee Walking Horse gelding. He is a gaited horse, which means he has a unique four-beat running-walk and flashy movement. Simon loves to be outside, whether grazing in the field or taking students on trail rides. His favorite treat is bananas!
Speckles is a 1994 Miniature Horse mare who has several important jobs. You may see Speckles in the community as a therapy animal ambassador. She teaches our smallest students to lead and groom a horse safely. She can even pull a cart for exercise! Speckles is owned by John McCain and although she may be small she has a big personality!
Avery is a 2005 Morgan cross pony gelding. He is owned by NNNTRC volunteer, Alayna Gildroy, who has generously agreed to share him with our facility. Avery's current niche is teaching our beginner students who ride in lead line lessons. He is also a very affectionate pony!
Cadence is a 2001 Percheron mare. Although she is the biggest horse at NNNTRC, she is also one of the most gentle. Because of this gentle nature, her job here is to help build riders' confidence. She also loves attention! Prior to coming to our Center, Cadence gave people buggy rides in Virginia Beach and then locally did fox hunting.