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 or 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.
Sir is a quarter horse measuring in at 16 hands and was donated to Riverwood in 2014. Sir captures the hearts of everyone he meets with his gentle eyes and curious personality. He serves as a therapy horse to our timid beginners as well as our intermediate and independent students-he carries all with incredible care. He allows students to fully understand how horses can be fully accepting as he is friends with everyone he meets.
Sir~Sponsors: David & Sandra
Angel ~ Sponsors: Alan Kirby
Angel is an 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. Her sweet attitude and willingness to learn new things have taught our riders and horsemanship students so many wonderful lessons. Her sweet nicker when seeing someone in the barn allows many students to approach a horse for the very first time!
Blaze ~ Sponsors: Kyle & Marie
Blaze is an appaloosa cross 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. Blaze has lots of energy and wisdom that makes her a fabulous partner.
Boomer ~ Sponsors: Kate Snow;
Boomer is a 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 and general riding skills. His favorite place to be is on the trails carrying children and adults with ease. Boomer chooses his people carefully and teaches us the importance of trust and quiet understanding.
Candy is a miniature horse and special Riverwood ambassador. He and his partner, Midnight, travel with our Mobile Education Outreach trailer (MEO), which allows us to serve those who cannot come to the farm. His small size and gentle personality make him a perfect fit for this job! His opinion of humans is always good and he fully realizes his potential to teach others about forming a strong bond.
Candy Man ~ Sponsors: Nicole Gallimore; Old Richmond Elementary School
Cody ~ Sponsor: Perch & Nest – A Tiny & Cottage Home Co.
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. 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. He wants to know your motives before he’ll give you his heart!
Dante ~ Sponsors: Sue & Mark
Royster; BLBB Charitable in honor of Bonnie Bell's giving
Dante is a beautiful Quarter Horse with the kindest of souls. He was kindly donated by his previous owner who taught him to be a hunter/jumper and a gentleman for all types of riders. He has three lovely gaits, very gentle eyes and a personality that makes him friends with everyone. He has been ridden by some of our most beginner riders and has proven himself to be a great therapeutic riding partner.
Faith ~ Hughes Equine Energy; Bonnie, Emeline & Lydia Bell
Faith is an Appendix Quarter Horse mare. Before coming to Riverwood, she was trained as an event horse, being ridden in various combined tests and events. Her owner is a Riverwood employee who values the dedicated environment that Riverwood offers to their horses. Her sweet and gentle personality has quickly made her a favorite among volunteers! For our students, she is rock solid and offers a strength that is easily felt by those who need a friend.
Flash is a quarter horse with a sweet disposition who spent most of his life as a top notch cutting horse and trail partner. His easy going gait and patience made 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. After many years of service to our students, Flash is enjoying the retired life complete with a group of dedicated volunteers who treat him to a “spa” day several times a week. He continues to greet our most timid students with a calm and wise presence.
Flash ~ Sponsors: George & Eleanor Wilson; Madeline McGuire; Kerri Crater
Gator ~ Sponsor: Mariam Wright
in honor of Dr. Vickie Newell, Greystone Veterinary Clinic; In honor of Alex Wilkinson
Gator is a paint gelding with a sweet personality and big, lovable brown eyes. Before coming to Riverwood, he had an extensive show career as a western pleasure horse. He now teaches our riders to be balanced, correct and patient in their horsemanship. He is a great size for children and adults. His versatility and friendly attitude make him a perfect match for many different students. He even has his own bug armor outfit that he gets to wear because he has made it clear that he REALLY despises those flies!
Kahlua ~ Sponsors: Cindy Martin;
The Welborn Family – Tim, Michelle, Logan and Lilly
Kahlua is a 15.1 hand quarter horse mare. 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 a few years ago. Because of her size and willingness to work, Kahlua has become a steady mount for our school children and some of our more fragile riders. She is a confidence builder and expects full honesty from her people.
Lucky ~ Sponsors: William & Donna Cowden
Lucky is a small Welsh pony. He has the personality of a MUCH bigger horse and he loves being the boss of anyone who will let him! His small size make him an invaluable therapy pony and he also really shines when working in our horsemanship program. He loves to eat anything, at anytime and will search your pockets for any goodies you might have brought just for him! He demands excellence of the people around him and he’ll give you his heart in exchange.
Midnight is a black appaloosa miniature horse and special Riverwood ambassador! He and his partner, Candy Man, travel with our Mobile Education Outreach trailer (MEO), which allows us to serve those who cannot come to the farm. His small size and gentle personality make him a perfect fit for this job! His big personality makes him a great teaching partner for our community based learning students and he loves to teach the values of communication and team work.
Midnight ~ Sponsor: Diane Behar
Mistletoe ~ Sponsor: Carrie Childress; Al & Pat Baker
Mistletoe is a striking Quarter Horse pony mare who found her way to Riverwood after being ridden on trail rides, in schooling shows, for birthday parties, and in summer camps. Her sensitive and gentle spirit makes her a beloved part of the Riverwood herd! She is fully honest and requires trust and safety to be at the forefront of any relationship.
Pet ~ Sponsors: Greg & Anne
Epting; Piedmont Natural Gas
Pet is an Amish bred pony with a big personality in a small body. She came to Riverwood as a 3 year old and has known nothing but therapeutic work. She is an exceptional teacher for leadership and when you sync with her, she will do just about anything you ask! 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 and offers great companionship for our advanced riders who are increasing their knowledge.
Sweetie ~ Sponsors: Katherine &
Tripp Bennett; Collins Commercial Properties; Kelly & McNeil Cronin;
In memory of Sweetie - September 2019
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. For many years, his steady gait and personality helped many riders grow in their skills. Now, he is fully retired and enjoys lots of grooming, grazing, greeting people at the farm and has a group of volunteers who pamper him several times a week.
Skip ~ Sponsors: Diane Behar
Thomas ~ Sponsors: Terri and Joe Busek
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. Thomas has served Riverwood in many ways and is always honest. He has had a huge impact on many of our mental health programs as well as our therapeutic riding students. Famous for his moustache, he tickles many a student’s hands searching for scratches and hugs. His big presence helps all of us remember that a lot of generosity is provided!