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Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt 
(Windborne Thunderbolt—5/6/98) is a bay Morgan gelding born at Sweetgrass Ranch in the Pacific Northwest.  He loves the trails and introducing riders to the trot. He is also gaited! We rode in our first endurance ride in April, 2007 at the Old Dominion No Frills. In the upcoming year, we hope to enter many more rides and complete our first 50 mile ride.

  

Tinkerbelle
Tinkerbelle 
(Windborne Tinkerbelle—6/1/99) is a beautiful Morgan mare who is the half-sister of Thunderbolt.  Ridden for the first time during 2004 camp sessions, she is now a seasoned trail horse and does well playing broom polo.  She delivered her first foal, a filly we named Sweet Sadie, in the summer of 2008. Her first endurance ride was the Virginia Highlands Ride in August, 2011, and she completed her first 50 mile ride at the Carolina ride in November, 2014.

  

Tonka
Tonka
 (Ensign’s Dynasty—6/28/01) is a bay Morgan mare. She has foaled two colts: Sailor and Prince.  She is outgoing and friendly, and is now getting back into shape after her months of mothering. She is a wonderful and confident trail horse.
 

  

Sailor
Sailor 
(Wicklow Sailor’s Delight—6/17/05) is a purebred chestnut Morgan.  His mother is Tonka. Gentle, kind, and friendly, he was ridden for the first time during camp in 2007. After only two weeks under saddle, he was able to join us on the demanding trails at Graves Mt. Lodge during Adventure Week. His first endurance ride was the Virginia Highlands Ride in August, 2011.

  

Peppy
Peppy
 (Peppys Two Step—5/26/03) is a registered buckskin Quarter Horse whose name makes us laugh (he is not peppy at all!).  Although he is the biggest horse we have here, he is another sweet and kind addition to the herd.

 
 

Just Lucy
Just Lucy
 (1987) does it all. She is the perfect pony: sweet, calm , and unflappable.  Since she is gray, she is hard to keep clean, but she is fun to paint!  She is now semi-retired and living off the farm with a former camper.
 

 

Mosby
Mosby
 (2002) is a medium chestnut pony with a fabulous trot.  He is a natural athlete and a wonderful trail pony.  He also loves to jump!
 

 

May
May
 (2003) is a sweet pinto pony, perfect for leading children around and fun to ride for our more advanced riders.  She loves to be dressed up and has been a bridesmaid in many an equine camp "wedding." May now lives with a former camper where she will learn all about being a show pony.  

 
 

Little Bit
Little Bit
 (2005) joined us midway through camp in 2007.  She is a sweet large POA cross pony, and though young when we got her, she knew a lot. She has a wonderful, calm outlook and an eagerness to please. After spending two years on an off-farm lease with a former camper, she has returned home and is back on the trails. She completed her first Limited Distance endurance ride at the October 2014 Fort Valley ride.
 

 

Skye
Marmalade Skye
 (1999) was our project pony when he first came. He is a cute POA, but he was very shy and was probably mistreated at some point in his life. With lots of love and TLC, he has learned that it is okay to trust people. Although still sometimes hesitant and unsure, he loves coming to the fence for a face rub and is a perennial camper favorite. And when asked, he will trot all day!

 

Sadie
Sweet Sadie
(6/26/08) is Tinkerbelle’s first foal, a Morgan/Welsh cross who is also a half-sister to Lily (same sire). She and Lily are close to being carbon copies of each other—both are beautiful buckskins, though Sadie is a bit smaller and darker! Sadie is now under saddle and progressing well.

 

Lily with Rider
Easter Lily
 is absolutely lovely—both to look at and to ride. Lily loves to jump and is totally reliable when it comes to cantering. Although she doesn't like to be the lead horse on a trail ride, she is happy to follow along and trot as needed to catch up to those long-legged Morgans.

  

Pistol and Pusher
Pistol 
and Pusher are our two matching miniature horses. They actually look like little Morgans! Both know how to pull carts and are a lot of fun to drive. They don’t know they are as little as they are; they hold their own out in the field with the big horses. Personality definitely comes in small packages!

  

Treasure
Treasure 
came to us after our first season at Camp Holiday Trails in 2009. She was simply wonderful as a therapy horse, and I grew to recognize that she had been well named; she is indeed a treasure! Although I didn’t need another horse, I couldn’t resist adding her to the family when the opportunity arose to do so. And though we’ll never know for sure, we think she might be a Morgan.

 

 And a big “Thank you” to the many families who have entrusted their horses (Stanley, Solo, Rosie, Magic, Marmalade, and Gumdrop) to our care for a summer or more of TLC by our campers.

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