Ace(Seven Bridges): Ace joined the Square Peg herd as a 5 year old in 2015 having made about $50k on the track. A tall, lanky bay, Ace is a complete ham, always on the move and forever telling us that he needs more treats. He will play with anyone–human or horse–and loves to show off his soft side. He is in training now and has started teaching some lessons.
Bruce(Bruce’s Dream): 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 we have high hopes that he will become a schoolmaster for the program in the near future. Cecil enjoys calm, attentive riders, and building relationships with his students. Thank you Geri Forrester for the continued support of Cecil.
Classica: 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.
Finn(Autism Awakeness): A 2007 TB gelding, Finn is a huge teddy bear and has a growing fan club of teenage girls and doting volunteers. Finn was involved in a trailer accident before he came to the ranch in 2015 , but he seems to have finally become comfortable in his body. Thank you to the Kunze Family sponsoring Finn since 2015.
Henry(Momotombo): Born in 2003, Henry made over whooping $110,000 on the track. He is slowly coming along as a lunge-line and in-hand lesson horse. We have high hopes for Henry in the future! 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. Thank you Geri Forrester for the continued support of Henry.
Hermes(Mythical Storm): 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 has enabled him already be used in the program with huge success. The team is thrilled to have this gem for years to come.
Kyle(Cayambe): 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. Thank you Geri Forrester for the continued support of Kyle.
Mowgli(Escribano): 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(ULuckydevil): 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 surrounding before he proceeds into a situation; yet he barely blinks his one eye at anything we throw at him. Staff are incredible excited about his prospects as a lesson horse because of his chill, easygoing personality.
Phillip(Bojangles): Phillip is an adorable 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.
Panzur: 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.
Stan(Irresponsible King): 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.
Tota: 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
Bert: 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.
Curtis(Extra Fifty): 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 and Tina. Due to changes stemming from his racing injuries Curtis is on layup for a while.
Tina: 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.