Emily's school horses are selected and trained carefully so that students can learn not only how to safely ride a horse, but how to communicate effectively. Her horses are selected for patience, calmness, intelligence and skill, and while they are all working solidly in dressage, many of them are cross-trained in several disciplines including jumping, trail and driving. This allows students to learn to improve themselves through the discipline of their choice, on the horse that best suits their personality. Emily's horses are part of a closely knit family, and each is treated with respect and given plenty of time to just be a horse. They are all provided with the greatest care, including regular assessment for soundness and gastric ulcers, high quality supplements and even regular vacation time! "A happy school horse is a safe school horse!"

Current school horses:  
aoife

aoife

Aoife (pronounced Ee-Fah, AHA Charming Cheyenne) is a 2001 14.2hh registered Arabian mare who has plenty of pep in her step, but she knows that her job is to safely carry her riders. She has always loved to jump, but now that she is in her late teens she is loving life as a dressage schoolie as well. She is currently schooling first and second level, showing training level.

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Teagan (AHA Princess Bahara 2001 AHA) has returned to our happy herds! She was loved dearly by her own little girl, but due to life-complications she has come back to us. She is a 14.3hh registered arabian mare who has gone back into light training for a tune-up so that she can continue her lovely life as a school horse in semi-retirement.
lyra


lyra

Lyra (AHA BA My Stars) is a farm favorite. She is the go-to horse for beginners and special needs students, and yet is a steady second level school-master. She is a 15 hand purebred Arabian mare, born in 1999, who is retired from showing second level and is increasingly content to teach riders the basics of collection. Her favorite things to work on are the travers and half-pass!

thistle

Thistle (AHA PFrost, Polish Arabian) is an amazing athlete, at over a quarter of a century old (born in 1993)! She is schooling second level dressage, showing training level and first level, and can still pop over jumps and hack out on the trails. There's nothing she can't do, and she is a testiment to her breed's versatility and longevity.

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Hero (AHA Blackberry Wine) is a 2004 16.1hh double registered National Show Horse. She is profficient in dressage, though she has plenty of training in other disciplines. She loves to venture out on the trails, but is happy to work in the arena as well. She is schooling second and third level, showing at training and first, and has a lovely easy-to-ride lengthened trot.

declan

Declan (AHA JR Popstarr) is everyone's favorite little mischeif maker, here at the farm. He is a 14.1 hand, grey 2010 Arabian gelding with flashy movement and a steady-eddie attitude now that he's grown up. We are excited to have him in our program and can't wait to see him develop further into a spectacular little sporthorse schoolie. He is currently showing training and first levels, and schooling second level at home.

veery

Veery is an 2007 15.2hh Warmblood/Cob cross mare who was used as a broodmare prior to her time here at Meadowlark. Now she is being trained as a dressage horse, and is being used in lessons at all levels. Her snappy movement and lofty stride may look impressive, but her gait is smooth and easy to ride. We have great hopes for her as she begins to develop balance and poise in training! She has shown training and first level with success at local schooling shows, and is developing her lateral movements to ultimately compete at second level.

niamh

niamh

This beautiful babe is a 2013 baby, and growing rapidly! She is half Lusitano, and sheds out to a lovely sooty buckskin color.
Unfortunately, Niamh has PSSM, which is a muscular mypothy that means she is prone to soreness and dysfunction in her muscles. It is fairly well managed with dietary supplements and regular work, thank goodness, and she has blossomed into a confident school horse, but she requires a rider with a sensitive, empathetic and caring personality as a result.

brigid

 

brigid

Brigid is a 2012 year old 14.3 hand FriesianXLipizzaner mare who was incredibly shy when we brought her home, but as she has settled into her new life she has blossomed to become an intensely friendly and joyful mare. She is currently training in both training and first level, and loves lateral movements. Her curious nature and her focus on her rider makes her a very sensitive and intuitive ride!

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One of our most recent additions to the lesson string is Wallis (IALHA Roxana HPF), a 16 hand, 2006 purebred Andalusian mare trained through second level. Unfortunately she came to us with some fibrotic myopathy in both hind limbs which means her gait can be choppy if she is tense, but she has a heart of gold, and is sweet, kind and patient.
She has returned to work after having a 2019 foal, and is slowly but surely regaining her condition to be a full time school horse.

 

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Caoilfhionn, or Keelin, is a 14.3hh, unregistered MorganXArabian mare has returned from her retirement and is back in training. This mare had a very rough start before we got her, and has unfortunately bounced around a bit but she has always bounced back home to Emily, who loves her dearly. Her history of anxiety means that she is only ridden by select individuals, but she is loved by all. She is currently showing intro level (due to her anxiety) and working at training and first level at home.

alcyone

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Alcyone is the most recent addition to the lesson program, and is a 2012 PRE Andalusian mare. She is sweet, curious and brave, but more than that she is intelligent! She is currently in training with Emily, and will be a school horse for very select students, as she is incredibly sensitive and emotionally advanced.

   
Youngsters (school-horses-in-waiting):  
atticus

atticus

As a 2016 baby, Atticus has spent most of his life being doted on by his admirers. He has recently grown into a stunning young man and is currently standing at 15.1 hands.
He is an Hispano Arabe, meaning he is AndaulsianXArabian, and his mother, Willow, still lives on the farm! We take the development of young horses very seriously, so Atti will not be a lesson horse for a while yet, but he is learning to wear tack and do dressage work in hand! He has an incredible attention span, and is eager to please.

mira

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(Meadowlark's Mirabelle, 2019 IALHA pending) Mira is our newest addition to the family! Out of Lissi (Roxana HPF) and by Matador BPF, she is a purebred andalusian filly born in April of 2019. It will take her several years to mature into a riding horse, but it is a joy to watch her learn and grow. She measured 13.2 hands at only 9 months, so we expect this little one to mature into a very tall lady!

   
Emily's Horse:  
bertie

bertie

Bertram aka Bertie is perhaps the biggest personality in the barn at the moment. He is a 15.1 hand, 2011 Missouri Fox Trotter X Argentine Criollo! His Criollo blood was determinedvia Texas A&M genetic testing. You would never know he has gaited blood, as his trot is as pure as it is ginormous. He is currently Emily's primary riding and show horse, and has been taken out of the lesson string.

   
Past school horses:  
missy

missy

We are SO pleased to give Missy (2001 purebred Arabian mare) a fairytale ending to her time here as a school horse. She has been purchased by one of Emily's adult students and has retired from lessons to a life of light dressage work and low-level endurance and trail riding. She is one of those once-in-a-lifetime horses, and she has been the heart of riding for many, many students. We are thankful that she is able to live out the rest of her years with a single owner who loves her enough for the rest of us.

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Willow (AHA Startruck Motivation, 2008) has been sold to the lovely Allison, who had been leasing her for six months prior to her sale. They are an incredible team, and have an inspiring bond. It will be so exciting to see these two continue to progress in dressage, and possibly even as endurance racers, in the future!

hazel

hazel
Our beloved Hazel (16 year old, 16.1 hand 3/4 Hanoverian mare) has been sold to one of her favorite student riders, Nicole! She couldn't have sold to a better home, as she gets to stay here at Meadowlark with her established friends in the herd, and she gets to have a single rider to continue her rehab work with her and eventually show her.

 

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Congratulations Fitz and Acacia! Fitz has been sold to a competition home where he can strut his stuff in the sandbox! He will be missed by the riding program, but his flashy gaits certainly won't be missed by the judges in the show ring this summer! We can't wait to see what Caci does with him!

freyja

freyja

Freyja has retired from lessons and has gone to her new home in Reed City where she is very busy looking gorgeous and holding down the ground, between trail rides and light drives. Thank you so much, Sarah, for helping her find the perfect retirement from lessons as a new trail horse for your dad!

ffiona

Ffiona has left the program to continue her show career with her new mom, Erika!
We could not have asked for a better home for her, and we can't wait to see you both in the show ring this year! Watch for them at training and first levels in 2018!

casp

casp

Caspian has left the program to continue his show career with his new mom! Congratulations Jennifer! We are all so excited to see you and Casper in the show ring. Watch for them at first level in 2018!


Moth of Peace is loving life with her new owner, Kari, in Indiana. We miss you, big girl!

   
In Memory:  
branson

branson

Branson has left this world to graze greener pastures. He came to us as a project horse and after a year of chiropractic, EORTH surgery and slow rehabilitation he showed his true colors as a thoroughly trained third level schoolmaster. Over the years leading up to his death he taught countless students to ride from the inside leg to the outside rein, and his canter was the fabled rocking-horse canter that riders dream about. His donkey-like bellow could be heard for miles, and we will forever miss his echoing cries and his begging for soft forehead scratches. He passed eventually due to central nervous system complications (a possible brain tumor) and is survived by his beloved schoolmistress, Thistle.

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Rest easy, Rowan.

This beautiful Holsteiner mare had so, so much to give to the program. She came as a rescue/rehab horse with some severe lameness issues. Over the course of the following year she regained health, comfort and ultimately trust in the people who handled her. She was an easy ride and a beloved friend. Unfortunately she lost her battle with EPM in the autumn of 2018, but she left her mark on many of us and the lessons she has taught us will last forever.

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Rest in Peace, big guy!

Our beloved Kingsley Shacklebolt died suddenly in late winter of 2017, from a severe colic. He was rushed to MSU for evaluation, but was not a good candidate for surgery. He touched so many lives, and the lessons he has given us will continue to guide us for years to come. Very few horses leave such big impressions as he did, and he will be sorely missed.