This big guy joined us in August of 2016. Bruce had eleven starts and won $315,024. He has settled well into the barn and has an easy time becoming best bros with whomever he is with in turned out. Old racing injuries may prevent him from being ridden a lot; but for now he is a funny, sweet, and talkative dude to have in the barn.
Cecil(Cee’s for Clever)
Our grey dressage pony, Cecil, was born in 2004 and made a little over $110,000 while racing. This sweet dude can smile, bow, and count, but his real skills lie in the dressage court. He is a fantastic mover and has found his niche helping peopledevelope their posting trot on the lunge line. Cecil enjoys calm, attentive riders, and building relationships with his students. Thank you Geri Forrester for the continued support of Cecil.
Although Classica’s race history is somewhat of a mystery, we are very sure of one thing-–we love this horse! Owned by Dave Lawson, Classica has been used for polo, jumping, trail rides, and teaching lessons. We are so grateful to Dave for continuing to let us work with his sweet mare. Classy keeps all of her students safe, and is the perfect horse for that slow, quiet trot so many of our kids want and need. Thank you Dave Lawson for the use of your wonderful horse.
We are smitten with this monocled gelding! Curtis was involved in a pasture accident during his layup time and had his left eye fully removed. He is quirky, energetic, and loves to cuddle. His lack of an eye has yet to slow him down – in contrast he leads the craziness in turnout and has found a friend in Stanley. We enjoy seeing how this smart guy continues to learn.
Born in March of 2014 this sweet guy came to us in spring of 2017–too gangly and uncoordinated to be any success at racing. We turned him out with his buddy Triton for about 8 months, and when we brought him back in he had grown 4 inches taller and filled out into a handsome and handy little horse! Still learning and growing we are so thrilled how smart and athletic this little nugget is becoming. He has been started under saddle and his peaceful nature and can-do attitude tells us he will make a fantastic program horse someday.
Born in 2003, Henry made over whooping $110,000 on the track. He is coming along as a lunge-line and in-hand lesson horse. He has a huge heart and tries his best in every activity we throw his way. This big guy give kisses, makes farting noises with his lips and will answer your question with a nod. He is becoming a barn favorite with many of the teenagers because of his swinging walk, lifted trot and thunderous canter. Henry now resides at Cadence Farm in Sonoma with Phil and Kyle. Thank you Geri Forrester for the continued support of Henry.
Hermes, raced in Southern California before heading north and ending up at Square Peg in late 2015. He has a great brain, wonderful build, and a curiosity to learn. Staff are in love with his dignity, attitude, and work ethic. His easygoing nature and intelligence have enabled him to be used in the program with huge success. The team is thrilled to have this gem for years to come.
Kyle came the same day as Bruce in August of 2016. This massive iridescent horse was born in 2004, has 67 starts to his name and won over half of a million dollars. Unquestionably sweet, Kyle and his half-brother, Henry have some similar quirks. We are looking forward to working with this huge copper fellow and seeing how he develops into a riding horse. Kyle resides at our Sonoma location, Cadence Farm, with Henry and Phil. Thank you Geri Forrester for the continued support of Cayambe.
Mowgli came to Square Peg in summer of 2016 from Florida. Originally from Spain, this gentle giant Andalusian decided that being a competition dressage horse was not in the cards. Mowgli’s inquisitiveness, smooth gaits and long back make him the perfect back-riding horse. A huge fan of snacks, trail rides, and rolling around in piles of hay, we are incredibly lucky to have this sweet horse in our tribe. We are honored by the Miner Foundation for the 2017 sponsorship of Escribano.
Neil is the cutest creature ever. Constantly wanting snuggles this silly 2013 sweetheart will put the whole weight of his head in your arms if you let him. Having lost his eye as a foal due to infection, Neil sometimes needs to check his surroundings before he proceeds into a situation; and yet he barely blinks his eye when learning new skills. Staff are incredibly excited about his prospects as a lesson horse because of his chill, easygoing personality.
Phillip, or Phil, is an adorable 2002 retired hunter show pony. He is loving the change of pace as a member of the Square Peg herd. His small size and unflappable attitude ensure that he will be a successful pony for everything from longe-line lessons to trail rides for years to come. Phil now lives in Sonoma at Cadence Farm with his friends Henry and Kyle.
Oh Panz-man! Panzur is a 1993 Holsteiner gelding. He was imported from Germany to be a grand prix jumper, and has competed in the junior jumpers and equitation circuits as well. Panzur was purchased by his current owner, Laura Hansen, in 2006. She showed him in the equitation and medals, and together they qualified for and competed in most of the major California and national medal finals. He was retired in 2011 and going feral in the herd of Stanford polo ponies until he found his new job as a lesson horse at Square Peg. His favorite treat is peppermints, and his favorite activity is licking people.
Moso, aka Potato, aka Miso Soup(Ermoso)
Moso has many names since he arrived in California from Texas in May 2018. This pony-like Lusitano is motivated to jump! While well schooled in dressage, this dun baroque horse perks up and thrives off cantering straight towards a big vertical jump, and sending his short strong body flying over to the other side. Staff are excited to teach and continue to learn more from this cute and quirky horse.
This handsome son of Kingmambo loves to wow the crowd. Stanly, a 2002 gelding, made $20,400 on the track but is much better suited as Joell’s partner in dressage, trail rides, and jumping. He’s our best “trick” horse and would love to show you how he can count, bow to the ground and stand on a pedestal. Stanley is the barn’s goofball and has a heart for everything—especially sneaking out of his stall. When he arrived at the ranch 6 years ago, he was suffering from a cracked shin and a chronic throat problem; there was a time that we weren’t sure he would make it through the winter. We sure are glad he did. He has now become one of our best dressage horses; schooling Piaffe and flying changes, and working on developing his passage and canter pirouettes.
Tado, aka Toad(Libertado)
This lovely lady taught polo professionally before she came to join Team Quirky. Tota is now an invaluable addition to the lesson program. Teaching to steer, solo canters, polo, and back-riding are her specialties: her shuffling trot and gentle rolling canter are easy to ride and confidence boosting. We are honored by the Miner Foundation for the 2017 sponsorship of Tota.
Retired at Square Peg
Once a Grand Prix show-jumper and dressage champ, Bert was a huge asset to the program before retirement. He was our best guy for introducing vaulting and longe-line work. Still frisky in the pasture he still happily enjoys his time with his best friend Panzur and favorite human Carolyn. Thank you to Ms. Carolyn Bielagus who has been generously sponsoring, caring and snuggling Bert since 2013.
A true polo pony at heart, Tina is the toughest mare we have had the pleasure of riding in our program. Tina has a spicy personality and refused retirement time and time again- the polo arena was calling her name! Once Stitch came along though, Tina was more than happy to spend the days eating and roaming the hills of our retirement pasture with her new best friend.