Apple is a bay American Saddlebred mare and the first horse to be boarded at AEC. Her favorite pastime is eating, followed closely by acting more intimidating than she actually is. She has been featured in Saddle & Bridle Magazine and had her own blog on the S&B website for a number of years. Between her past owners and trainers to the many vets who treated her, everyone knows Apple; with her huge personality (some good, some not quite so good…) she is difficult to forget, and is enjoying her retirement at AEC.
A 25-year-old American Saddlebred gelding, Gambler is a new addition to the AEC program, but his sweet personality and smooth gaits have already won him a lot of fans. Gambler’s head set helps riders learn to stay in correct position, and his sensitivity to cues teaches riders the art of subtlety.
Gonzo is a quirky American Saddlebred gelding on lease from William Woods University’s equestrian science program. With his light mouth and easy gaits, he shines at teaching riders to canter as well as perform equitation patterns. When not teaching his riders, Gonzo is a real ladies man, who loves spending time with the barn mares.
A fifteen-hand Paint gelding, Herman is the perfect beginner horse. He is sweet on the ground, unflappable under saddle, but always willing to go forward at a consistent, steady pace. He makes an ideal lunge lesson or walk/trot horse. Because of his willing personality and love of peppermints, around the barn, he has been given the title of “honorary Saddlebred.”
Jenny is a four-year-old American Saddlebred mare who is in training at AEC. By Don’t Tell ‘Em Jack and out of a South African mare, she is good thinking, game and ready to make her debut in the junior five-gaited division.
Thor is a mixed breed pony that probably has a lot of Shetland in him. He riding lessons to the tiny tots and driving lessons to those of all ages. Though he enjoys his life as a lesson pony, he also has a side job, participating in “pony parties.” Thor loves apple flavored horse treats, and is learning a number of new skills, like how to bow and give hugs.
Winnie is a 25-year-old American Saddlebred who was adopted from a local horse rescue. A past World’s Champion Five-Gaited Pony, Winnie has more heart and gameness at 25 than most horses have in their prime. She is not ready to retire and be a pasture ornament, so she serves as an advanced horse in our lesson program — because Winnie wouldn’t have it any other way!