The Horses that are part of our program have been hand-selected based on their training, disposition and their willingness to teach riders of all ages. These horses are the foundation to our success and are perhaps our most valuable asset.
Rio was adopted by Wildwood Farm in the spring of 2017 from his life-long owner who had owned him since 1998. He is a registered Paint gelding that was born in Ellensburg in 1997 and when he moved to Renton with his new owner he enjoyed a family life of trail riding and camping excursions. Due to health issues his owner had to find a home for him and Wildwood Farm stepped in. Rio stands 15 hands and is a very good Western and Trail riding horse, and loves his long naps in the mornings. He is a favorite of the intermediate students and is game for obstacle courses or the relaxed recreational trail ride.
Dartanian was purchased when he was 5 yrs old by Wildwood Farm in 2003 from a local auction where he was sold as a “Stag” horse for $100.00. Dartanian excelled at reining and dressage and was ridden by foreign exchange students as well as one of the owners of Wildwood Farm at many local competitions and clinics. Dartanian stands 15 hands and is registered as an American Warmblood and also a Spanish Barn which is the original “mustang” breed that was brought here by the Spaniards centuries ago. Dartanian was brought into our riding program in 2010 and has proven to be the perfect school horse and countless children and adults have learned to ride on him. Dartanian is enjoying his semi-retirement by teaching students in both English and Western as well as recreational trail riders.
Britches was adopted from a private barn in Blaine in 2015. His previous owner had clocked a lot of miles with him all over the country as an avid trail rider, but when she started slowing down Britches was put out to pasture. Our resident trainer at the time told us about him for our program and it was love at first sight. Britches was born in 1995 and stands 14.1 hands high, he is a purebred Arabian gelding. Though most comfortable on the trail, he has proven to his students he can step it up in the arena when needed – though he really prefers Western over English.
Pepper was purchased by Wildwood Farm in September of 2017 from a private farm in Snohomish who used her as a husband’s trail horse as well as breeding mare. Pepper is a registered Paint mare that was born in 1999 in Elk, Washington. Pepper was bred to a Friesian stallion and had a stunning daughter that is competing in the dressage ring quite successfully. Pepper stands 15.3 hands tall and is our most elegant teacher who is as wise as she is beautiful. She teaches intermediate riders on their dressage and flat work and loves taking guests out on recreational trail rides.
Aurora was rescued from a senior citizen who could no longer take care of her in June of 2016. Quite thin with respiratory issues we never though Aurora would make it more than a few days. She pulled through beautifully and to everyone’s surprise has turned into a safe and thoughtful school horse. Aurora is an Arabian mare that was born in 1999 and was used for recreational riding and trail until her owner became ill in 2013. It has taken time for Aurora to learn to trust her human care takers again, but our patience was well rewarded as she is now a solid teacher for both beginners and intermediate riders in both English and Western disciplines, as well as the recreational trail rider.
Charley was adopted with Rio by Wildwood Farm in the spring of 2017 from his owner in Renton. Charley is an American Bashir Curly and stands 14.2 hands and was born in Montana in 2000; he was purchased by a father and daughter who lived in Kent and trained Charley to be an excellent children’s horse. He was purchased by Rio’s owners in 2009 for their son who was just learning to ride, and Charley proved he is an amazing and patient teacher. Charley is a favorite for riders of all levels because he knows how to read the rider and help them learn what they need to know. He is quite versatile and is used for English, Western and jumping lessons as well as recreational trail rides.
Vizon was adopted by Wildwood Farm in 2009 from a show barn in Sultan and has been a corner stone of our lesson program for the past 10 years. Vizon is a purebred Arabian gelding that was born in 1994 and has prestigious bloodlines that go back to Bask. He enjoyed a very successful show career as an English Pleasure horse and won many regional championships. Due to an injury in 2006 Vizon’s show career was cut short and he found a new calling in teaching students to ride. Vizon stands 14 hands tall and is an excellent beginner or intermediate horse who has a huge heart and loves his students. He teaches English and enjoys taking guests on recreational trail rides as well as the occasional birthday party.
Dickens joined our school horse team in June of 2018 and has proven himself a wonderful teacher and is our resident gentle giant standing at over 17 hands. Dickens is a Selle Francais gelding that was born in France in 1992 and imported to the United States when he was two years old and was kept by the same owner in Idaho until he was gifted to our program. Dickens enjoyed a very solid career in the Jumping arena as well as cross country and fox hunting events. Dickens enjoys his semi-retirement by teaching intermediate riders dressage and flat work, with the occasional jumping lesson to keep him in good form.
Although these little fellas are too small for riding, they up the cuteness-factor at the farm with their antics and happy demeanor. The love to be groomed and are used for children’s birthday parties for comical relief! We adopted Giant & Dancer in 2003 from a rescue home in Redmond. Giant is the boss, stands 33 inches high, is chestnut and was born in 1986. Dancer is 2nd in command, stands 40 inches high, is cream colored and was born in 1988.
We adopted Max & Sterling in 2015. Max is the only registered American Miniature Horse of the bunch and his real name is FGM Elljah Blue. He is chocolate colored with blonde mane and tail, stands 33 inches high, has a hap-hazard blaze and was born in 2000. Sterling is also chocolate colored but does not have any face markings, stands 32 inches high and was born in 2004.
Two Nigerian Pygmy Goats we acquired a few years ago are sure to make the kids laugh