Meet Our Horses

 

 

 

Maggie

Breed: Anglo-Arabian

Sex: Mare

Owner: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center 

Year Foaled: 1995

Maggie was donated to NTRC by Kim Minarich, NTRC’s former Executive Director. Maggie was Kim’s endurance and competitive trail horse, both of which she received awards for. Now at 22 years old, although not ready to retire, Maggie was in need of an easier life style. We are happy to say our program at NTRC was the perfect fit for her. 

 

 

Banjo

Breed:  Warmblood

Sex: Gelding

Owner:  Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Year Foaled:  1995

Banjo was donated by Margaret Dwyer of Fort Myers.  Banjo has experience in Dressage, hunter/jumper and Western pleasure as well as teaching young riders as a lesson horse.  Banjo is a big, handsome gelding and seems to enjoy his new job at NTRC. He is very friendly, loves people and attention.

Therapy Horse Service:  Since 2012

 

 

Pooh Bear

Breed:  Quarter Horse

Sex:  Gelding

Owner:  Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Year Foaled: 2000

Bear was donated to NTRC by Heather Cleckler.  Formerly a ranch horse, Bear has a laid back personality that is just perfect for our program.  He has a big heart and loves the attention he gets here at NTRC.  Bear is definitely becoming a favorite with our participants and volunteers.  All of us at NTRC are confident he will be a great addition to our herd, and we look forward to many years of service.

Therapy Horse Service:  Since 2016

Bella

Breed:  Belgian

Sex:  Mare

Owner:  Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Year Foaled: 1998

 Bella joined the NTRC herd in 2012 and instantly became a favorite in the barn.  She is a gentle mare that loves to work and be involved.  She has competed in driving competitions in the past as well as lesson horse for beginner riders.  Bella has a very “feminine” mustache appearance that she wants everyone to notice.  Bella enjoys her special job as a therapy horse at NTRC.  She has the ideal build to provide a safe mount for our riders and is an excellent therapy partner for equine-facilitated activities.

Therapy Horse Service:  Since 2012

Dexter

Breed:  Arabian/Welch

Sex: Gelding

Owner: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Year Foaled:  2002

Dexter was donated to NTRC by Jackie Watskin.  Jackie showed Dexter extensively as a hunter throughout Florida under the show name “Space Ghost.”  Dexter has an inquisitive personality and loves all the activities and attention he gets here at NTRC.  Dexter is fast becoming a favorite with both the volunteers and riders.

Therapy Horse Service:  Since 2017

 

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Majesty

Breed:  Morgan Cross

Sex: Gelding

Owner: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Year Foaled:  1996

NTRC purchased Majesty from Melissa Wyant in January 2014.  He was previously ridden by Melissa’s daughter as a 4-H pony.  Majesty has competed in 4-H shows and was used for trail riding.  He is small in size but has a very big heart. Majesty loves people and always wants to be in the thick of things.

Therapy Horse Service:  Since 2014

 

Peppermint Patty

Breed: Pony of the Americas (POA)

Sex: Mare

Owner: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Year Foaled:  1998

Patty was donated to NTRC by Jessica Reuthe.  Jessica owned Patty for 10 years and used her as a lesson pony in her hunter program in Kentucky.  As a lesson pony, Patty did extensive showing in the pony hunter division.  Patty was instrumental in Jessica’s lesson program teaching children of all ages to ride.  We are very fortunate to have this wonderful mare in our program.

Therapy Horse Service:  Since 2015

 

Red

Breed:  Appendix

Sex: Gelding

Owner: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Year Foaled:  2005

Red was donated to NTRC by Lawrence and Susan Isaacs.  Their daughter, Aiden, competed in both Western pleasure and hunter o/r successfully with Red.  Red loves attention and has captured the hearts of everyone here at NTRC.  His friendly, calm demeanor also has made him a hit with our riders.  We are confident Red will be a great addition to our herd and we look forward to many years of service.

Therapy Horse Service:  Since 2015

 

Snickers

Breed:  Quarter Horse

Sex: Mare

Owner: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Year Foaled:  1995

Snickers was donated to NTRC by Mrs. Jill Slack.  Snickers has a background in Dressage and trail riding.  Her kind and gentle personality has made her a favorite with our volunteers and riders.  Snickers seems to enjoy all the TLC she receives here and has settled into the program with ease.

Therapy Horse Service:  Since July 2013

Clyde

Breed: Pony

Sex: Gelding

Owner: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Year Foaled: 2003

Clyde was previously owned by Lindsay Pankow.  He is a well-rounded pony with experience from barrel racing to children’s parties.  Clyde’s good looks and accepting demeanor has made him a favorite at NTRC with our volunteers and riders.  Clyde enjoys his job here at NTRC and is happy to call it home.

Therapy Horse Service: 2018

Ace

Breed: Appendix

Sex: Mare

Owner: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Year Foaled: 2002

Ace was donated to NTRC by Mona Raux. She has a background in Dressage and obstacles. Ace’s kind and gentle personality has made her a favorite at NTRC with our volunteers and riders. Ace seems to enjoy all the stimulation she receives here and has settled into the program with ease.

Therapy Horse Service: 2018

Retired Horses

After our magical therapy horses have worked hard and long hours to provide the best therapy service for NTRC’s participants, NTRC is dedicated to providing each of them a comfortable retirement situation when the time is right. Some of our horses are retired to a large horse retirement ranch in Texas, while others are carefully located and provided for at a private home/barn.

 

Ted

Ted has become known as the “Gentle Giant” around the barn.  The children love his sweet and calm nature.  He has background in dressage, but preferred the slower life of a therapeutic riding program.

Breed: Draft Cross

Sex: Gelding

Owner: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Year Foaled:  1993

Ted was donated to the NTRC program by Ms. Marilee Tyrell.  Ted has a background in Dressage, but he seems to prefer the easy going nature of the NTRC program and its riders.  Please don’t let his size intimidate you – he is a gentle giant and as sweet as they come.

Therapy Horse Service:  From 2010 to 2016

Sundance 

Breed: Appaloosa

Sex: Gelding

Owner: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Year Foaled: 1992

Sundance was donated to the NTRC program by Ms. Donna Coleman. Sundance has a background in eventing as well as Dressage. He even spent a year away at college to be on an equestrian team. Sundance’s ladi back nature makes him a great addition to the NTRC herd and he loves his job as a therapy horse. Sundance also entertains us as the “talking” horse. If you scratch his withers just right, he will “talk” to you. 

Horse Theraphy Service:  From 2010 to 2016

 

 

Kokomo Joe 

Joe is a big softie and is a huge cuddle bug. He is a very loving boy who strives to do his best as a therapy horse. Joe used to be a Hunter/Jumber, but is now extremely happy keeping all 4 feet on the ground!

 

 

 

 

 

We also want to thank the wonderful horses who are no longer with NTRC, but who have served our riders with patience, kindness, and loyalty over the years.

 

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