In Memoriam

Older horses offer us many gifts, and in return, we offer them a safe and loving home for their final years. Saying good-bye is never easy, but it is a responsibility we take very seriously when we decide to bring a senior citizen into our family. They deserve no less after a lifetime of service.

PJ in Ring
Statesman’s Pride and Joy
(5/19/80-11/21/12), otherwise known as P.J., was a beautiful older Morgan mare who came to us at age 25 to spend her later years. She was as sweet as they come, with a great big trot and a smooth-as-silk canter. Trustworthy and calm, she was a rider’s best friend. After a season as a therapy horse at Camp Holiday Trails, she was retired and became our camp mascot, hanging out with campers as horses were being groomed and following us down to the ring to watch over the fun.
 

Prince
Prince
(b. 6/24/08...d. 11/11/10) was an unexpected loss in early November 2010 due to colic. His half-brother Sailor and half-sister Sadie miss him, as do the rest of us. He was a beauty with a wonderful personality, and we were all eager to begin his formal training. It is always hard to lose a beloved friend, but harder still when it is one was so young who had been raised here from the day he was born.   
 

Jasper
Jasper
came to live with us in his golden years after retiring from life as a trail horse at Mountainview Ranch in Elkton, VA.  He was always a gentleman and loved the attention he received at camp. He was a favorite of several campers and in particular, of my youngest daughter, Sydney. He will be sorely missed!

  

Sister Mary Helen
Sister Mary Helen
was a cute older Welsh pony mare that we loved during our first few camp seasons. Although her time with us was short, it was memorable. Lucy misses her best friend, and we miss her distinctive, high-pitched whinny that greeted us each day.


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