Horses - National Ability Center

AJ

WELSH PONY - 1999 GELDING

AJ

Program Start: 2014

Height: 13

Color: Bay

Brownland’s Almond Joy “AJ” comes to the National Ability Center from California where he was enjoying retirement from his extensive show career as a Hunter Jumper pony. AJ has a show record a mile long he started showing in Tennessee then to Florida and finally ending up in California. AJ came out of retirement when the Dupzyk family in California who was donating a Gypsy Vanner to the program to become a future therapy horse; they asked if we might have use for a former show pony and boy did we. Since arriving at the ranch AJ has become a consistent member of the equine staff, he does all types of lessons from lead line beginner to independent riders.

The National Ability Center would like to thank the Dupzyk family for their generous lease of AJ to the program, we are sure that he will have a very successful career as a therapy horse.

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Bjorn

Fjord

Bjorn

Program Start: November 2013

Height: 15.1 hands

Color: Brown Dun

Bjorn comes to the National Ability Center by way of Cedar City, Utah. Bjorn was donated to the program from Laura Kranzusch who in the past donated another one of her fjords to us (Lukas). Before coming to Utah; Bjorn was a lesson horse up in Wisconsin where he had extensive training and a variety of riders which helped him in becoming a therapy horse. Bjorn is not your typical fjord, he stands a stout 15.1 hands, has withers and like all the fjords on the ranch loves attention and his food. Bjorn has made a great addition to our herd here at the ranch.

Sponsored by:

John C Kish Foundation (2013 – 2017 Diamond Sponsor)

In Memory of Frank “Jack” Plevo

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Bootie

Quarter Horse – Foaled 2001

Bootie

Program Start: 2015

Bootie comes to the National Ability Center after having a very successful career has a 4H horse; she competed on the regional level and showed well. After being diagnosed with navicular disease that ended her 4H career her owners thought that being a therapy horse would be a good fit for her as a second career. Bootie easily breezed through her trial period and is now part of the equine team. She continues to amaze the staff with her rock solid disposition and work ethic.

Special thanks to Brad, Andrea and Renee Sweet for donating Bootie to our program.

Sponsored by:

Pat Moran Family Foundation (2017 Diamond Sponsor)

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Brego

DRAFT CROSS - FOALED 2009

Brego

Program Start: 2015

Brego was purchased from Rocky Mountain Outfitters as an addition to the herd to serve our larger riders and as a member of the trail riding herd that offers rides to our military families as well as all the populations that we serve. Yes Brego is a gentle giant with a very loving personality, his past job for Rocky Mountain Outfitters was to be the headless horseman’s horse for their Sleepy Hollow wagon rides, you see Brego not only worked in the pitch black of night carrying his headless rider out of the forest to chase a wagon full of guests but all the while doing it with red lights attached to his headstall for his glowing eyes. With a resume like this for a such a young horse we are sure that Brego will be a member of our herd for quite some time.

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Brisby

Quarter Horse - Foaled 2001

Brisby

Program Start: 2015

Brisby started out as one of our trail riding horses the summer of 2015 on lease from Boulder Mountain Ranch he was such a level headed horse that fit right into our program that we decided and was able to purchase him. Brisby has now progressed into our lesson herd and is providing lessons for some or our taller riders and all the way down to some of our smallest of young riders. His easy going personality and tall thin build is making him a popular horse among our riders. The only thing about Brisby that is a problem for some of our volunteers is the fact that he looks very similar to Tod, there have been several occasions when the two of them are confused and the wrong horse comes in.

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Captain Brownie

2000 Haflinger Gelding

Captain

Program Start: November 2006

Height: 14 hands

Color: Light Chestnut

Captain is a Haflinger who was purchased with money donated to the National Ability Center by an anonymous donor. The Haflinger is a short draft breed that originated in the tall mountains of Austria and northern Italy. With an emphasis in versatility for riding and driving, Captain is blessed with a strong constitution, solid conformation and a pleasant personality; all perfect characteristics for our program. With his ability to carry a lot of weight, short stature and calm, loving personality, Captain makes the perfect therapy horse for our program

Captain comes to us from an Amish community in northwest Missouri where he was trained to pull carts. He has proved to be a very versatile horse, excelling in his work in all of our equine assisted activities and therapies. Captain was voted by staff and participants as the Equine of the Year of the National Ability Center for 2012.

Sponsored by:

Paul & Pamela Yelinek (2014-2017 Diamond Sponsor)

Frances Burton Foundation (2012-2017 Diamond Sponsor)

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Chewy

Quarter Horse – Foaled 2006

Chewy

Program Start: 2015

Chewy is a been there done that type of horse who found his niche as a therapy horse, he was a ranch horse, mountain horse and rope horse who was just starting to learn some basic dressage when he was diagnosed with navicular disease which was the end to his hard riding. His owner contacted the center through a recommendation from the South Valley Large Animal Clinic (who takes care of our herd and knows what we look for in a horse). After looking at Chewy and seeing the extensive training we decide to give him a try. After about half way through his trial period he was already participating in some of our camp activities as well as trail rides, the decision was made to keep him and with some corrective shoeing Chewy has become a valuable member to our herd and looking forward to a long career as a therapy horse.

Sponsored by:

Pat Moran Family Foundation (2017 Diamond Sponsor)

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Dolly

That’s A Classy Doll “Dolly”

1996 American Quarter Horse
Dolly

Program Start: October 2007

Height: 15.2 hands

Color: Red Dun

Dolly is a Quarter Horse that was donated by Lani Vernon in October of 2007. She came to us and after a short trial she went right into lessons. Before Dolly came to the National Ability Center she had quite the training background. She has shown in western pleasure, has done ranch work pushing and sorting cows, and has also been a 4H and Level 2 Parelli horse. Along with having a great personality that really takes care of her students, Dolly also has a great western jog, which enables some of our students who couldn’t normally ride a bouncy trot comfortably sit her smooth and slow gait.

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Joey

2005 Miniature Horse

Joey

Program Start: June 2013

Height: 7.1 hands

Color: Paint

Joey, Patches’ younger brother, is a curious sort and can be a bit spoiled. Joey has a hard time understanding why he’s not always the center of attention. With his unique whinny, he will call out to us if he’s left in the pasture while his pasture mates are out working. So, as you can imagine, when it’s time for Joey to go to work he tries to put his game face on and tries ever so hard to be a good therapy horse, just like his sister Patches. In time Joey is going to make a great therapy horse.

Joey and his miniature horse buddies are working on their social skills so they and venture out into the community and show everyone the healing power of a horse no matter it’s size.

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Mack

Lake Ridge Prince William “Mack”

Gypsy Vanner - 2012 Gelding
Mack

Program Start: Therapy Horse in Training

Hi my name is Mack I am a five year old Gypsy Vanner I came to the National Ability Center in May of 2013 from California with my little buddy AJ. I am very excited to be here and start my career on becoming a therapy horse; I hear there is another Gypsy in the program that looks just like me I hope to someday be as good of a therapy horse as him. In the meantime please remember that I am a young horse and I have a lot to learn and one of those things in respect of both my space and yours, so please try to resist the temptation to love on my face and I will stay out of yours.

Please if you have any questions about me go see my human friend Jan and she can tell you all about me.

The National Ability Center would like to thank the Dupzyk family for donating me to the program, especially Stephanie and Zoe.

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Steve Schmidt and Family (2014-2017 Diamond Sponsor)

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Max

McKoy’s Desert Flash “Max”

1998 American Quarter Horse
Max

Program Start: August 2010

Height: 16.2 hands

Color: Buttermilk Buckskin

Max comes to the National Ability Center after a long and successful career as a show horse both in Texas and Utah and has settled into his new career as a therapy horse quite well. Max not only has the ability and training to provide lessons for the upper level riders but for the smallest of riders as well. He seems to take whatever job is asked of him and does it well and seems to enjoy his new life here at the National Ability Center.

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Patches

2003 Miniature Horse

Patches

Program Start: June 2013

Height: 7.1 hands

Color: Red Roan Paint

Patches, along with her brother Joey, come to the National Ability Center from Colorado where they worked together in a Therapy Program. Patches has an extensive driving background and is very comfortable working in many different situations. She has settled very well into her new life at the National Ability Center, which includes Equine Facilitated Learning sessions and Discovery Camps.

Being Joey’s older sister she tends to keep him in line and is always the first of the two to want to come in and work with the participants. Both Patches and Joey are working very hard in their training for cart driving and looking forward to when is have the program in full swing.

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Dill

Anvil’s Rebekka “Dill”

1991 Norwegian Fjord
Rebekka

Program Start: August 2007

Height: 14.2 hands

Color: Brown Dun

We also have a movie star on the ranch. Our beautiful Rebbeka Dill is one of the Fjords in the movie, ‘The Thirteenth Warrior’. Being on the movie set provided a solid foundation for Dill to become a star as a therapy horse. Having to patiently wait on the set for periods of time to perform her scenes has been very beneficial for her role in our programs. Dill basically stepped off the trailer and right into lessons.

One of Dill’s first experiences at the National Ability Center was with a participant who had thought he couldn’t experience riding because he was in a wheelchair. With Dill’s draft pony build and the determination, riding became a reality for him.

Rebekka Dill has become an integral member of our program. She enjoys the students and especially the treats she gets at the end of her lessons.

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Rjuka

2007 Norwegian Fjord

Rjuka

Program Start: June 2013

Height: 13.1 hands

Color: Brown Dun

While Rjuka is one of the youngest working horses in the Equestrian Program, she takes care of her riders like a seasoned therapy horse. Raised on the ranch since she was a yearling, she is the only horse in the program to have had all of her training by the Equestrian staff. During her training, the staff realized there is not much that bothers Rjuka, she always seems to maintain a rock steady attitude. We are certain Rjuka will be a member of the National Ability Center’s equine staff for a very long time.

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Tod

2001 Canadian Mountain – Quarter Cross

Tod

Program Start: July 2007

Height: 15.3 hands

Color: Chestnut

Since the time he got here, Tod has been laid back and tolerant of everything we could possibly ask of him. Before he came to us, he had been purchased for kid’s speed events. Not necessarily cut out for speed, Tod found his true calling at the National Ability Center.

Tod’s thin build makes it possible for participants with limited leg motion to ride comfortably. Nicknamed the “Nuzzler”, Tod loves to be involved in everything you are doing and is the first one to come over and greet you in the pasture. He is the perfect combination of young and steady, yet has the maturity and temperament of a much older experienced horse.

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Token

2007 Gypsy Cob

Token

Program Start: July 2010

Height: 14.2 hands

Color: Odd Color

Token is a unique horse. He was awarded to the National Ability Center by the American Gypsy Angel Horse Foundation through a grant. His breed is very rare in the United States and is highly valued for their calm temperament and strong stature. The Gypsy Cob is a perfect fit for our program, due to their strong work ethic and willingness to please.

Token will practically do anything you ask, if his reward is pineapple. Token has been seen leaving his hay pile to go to the fence to get treats from the many folks who use the trails around the ranch.

Token has now started regular session lessons; he is providing adaptive lessons as well as Hippotherapy sessions and has had some training for pulling a cart. We love seeing the impact Token is having on the lives of our participants and their families.

The entire National Ability Center staff would like to thank the American Gypsy Horse Angel Foundation for allowing Token to be a part of our family.

Sponsored by:

Les Lenny (2010-2017 Diamond Sponsor)

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Tulip

Dibble Ridge Tulip “Tulip”

1997 Welsh – Arabian Pony
Tulip

Program Start: 2001

Height: 13 hands

Color: Chestnut

Tulip is an 20-yr old Welsh Arabian pony. She is the most experienced working horse in the program. She has been with us since she was six years old and is still going strong. Prior to coming to the National Ability Center she worked as a show pony in the hunter-jumper world.

Among the young girls, Tulip is one of the most requested mounts. With her sassy attitude, ‘surfer girl’ looks, and the feisty spirit of a true red head, she is one of the favorites. Tulip loves to work in any type of lesson from dressage to barrel racing and Hippotherapy. She has a special way of keeping her students in the correct riding position.

Tulip received the 2011 PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) regional horse of the year award.

Recently during our annual horse show Tulip and AJ were married in a wonderful ceremony with Mack as the grooms best horse and Rjuka as Tulip’s mare-of-honor. One never knows what kind of fun can go on around the ranch, so be sure to stop in and see what the staff and horses are up to.

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Vegas

American Quarter Horse - 2001 Mare

Vegas

Program Start: May 2014

Height: 15.2

Color: Chestnut

Vegas comes to the National Ability Center from a varied background from her start as a reining horse to doing western pleasure, 4H, trails and some dressage. Her quite disposition and extensive training gives her the foundation to be a good therapy horse. Since arriving here at the ranch she has settled in to her new career quite well. Her willingness to provide lessons to all types of riders is going to make her a very nice addition to our herd.

The National Ability Center would like the Abu Haidar family for donating her to the National Ability Center.

Sponsored by:

Paul & Pamela Yelinek (2014-2017 Diamond Sponsor, in Memory of Pamela Lynch)

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