Bailey is a 1999 unraced Thoroughbred gelding who has tons of Pony Club and fox hunting experience. He was on the winning Pony Club show jumping team at both Eastern and National Rallies, and also was a member of several winning Elkridge-Harford Hunt Teams at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
At 16 hands, he's a great size, and his sweet disposition has quickly made him a barn favorite. He also has a perfect lead change, which is an extra-special treat!
Bailey and Blythe at Trails End
Crumpet (Tea for Two)
Crumpet is a 2002 Appaloosa pony. He's a good jumper and also has some dressage talent. He has competed in hunter paces, some local hunter shows and has evented successfully at the Beginner Novice level. A favorite among our students, he is good with beginners and steps up his games for those who know a thing or two. An all-around fun pony.
Crumpet and Maddy at the HVS Spring CT
Crumpet and Meghan
Delight (Special Dark)
A 1999 Thoroughbred gelding, Delight is Cindy's special horse. She bought him from a horse meat dealer as an unbroke four-year-old when he sold to slaughter for a board bill. Since that time, they have had lots of adventures together, from dressage and hunter shows, to pace events, to fox hunting. She has evented him successfully at the Novice level. Although he's not a lesson horse, Delight has been helping out from time to time and seems to enjoy the extra attention, especially from the tiniest riders.
Photo credit: Megan Hoffer
Cindy and Delight at Plantation Field
Cindy and Delight at Twin Brooks Dressage Show
Delight in Aiken
Fynn (Sure Thing)
Fynn is a 2000 14.1 hand Welsh cross who is experienced in the show hunter arena, and he's been used for beginner lessons. He quickly learned to enjoy the fun stuff at HVS, and has been jumping in the field and competed at various shows and horse trials.
Sweet and kind, he is a favorite at the barn.
Fynn and Karley
Fynn and Wende
Fynn and Anna
Sarah and Fynn at Beaufort Hunter Trials
Abby and Fynn at Beaufort Hunter Trials
Brownie (Dark Roast)
Brownie is a 2005ish Welsh cross who is our smallest pony, but probably the best jumper in the barn. He is 13.3 hands and consistently wins our Chase Me Charlie competitions during our fun shows. He prefers jumpers to hunters, but is quiet enough for beginner riders. He's a barn favorite among both children and adults.
Brownie and Abby
Anna and Brownie at Windurra
Brownie and Jadea
Cheer is a 1997 Morgan gelding on loan to us from one of our friends in Maryland. Cheer is an experienced event pony, having competed up to Novice with a number of riders. He is one of our most beloved ponies, and is happy to show beginners the ropes while being fun enough for riders who have more experience.
No pony is sweeter or more kind than Cheer, and we are grateful to have him in our program.
Cheer and Maddy
Cheer and Gloria
Cheer and Lucy
Cheer and Sarah
A 1998 WBX, Patrick is Cindy's foxhunter/event horse. He has competed successfully in hunter shows and pace events, and Cindy has evented him at the Novice level and schooled Training level. In his early years, he was a show jumper, then trained as an event horse before he became a fox hunter with the Elkridge-Harford Hunt. Cindy purchased him as a nine-year-old in 2007. Although he's not a lesson horse, Patrick helps out in the lesson program from time to time.
Patrick at Hunt Cap Horse Show
Patrick and Henley
Patrick at MCTA Horse Trials Photo credit: Mary Powell
Patrick and Gadget in Aiken. Photo credit: Julia Beamish
Pete (Castle Creek)
Pete is a 2007 unraced Thoroughbred gelding who is on loan to us from a friend who has owned him since he was a yearling. Pete has evented through Training Level, and he has also shown successfully in hunters and jumpers.
Pete, who is around 16.2 hands, is super-sweet and helps out with lessons a few times a week. He also enjoys paper chases and hacks around the farm.
Pete and Anna
Pete and Valerie
Pete ad Valerie
Pete and Kristen
Shorty (Whiskey River)
Shorty and Julie
Shorty is a 1999 Clydesdale Cross who came to us from our friends from the Beaufort Hunt. Shorty has been a fox hunter for most of his life, and he's also competed at our hunter trials and at some paper chases and hunter paces.
Shorty is around 15.2 hands, so he's a great size for nearly all riders. He's laid back, but can be zippy and fun for both beginners and those who have riding experience.
Shorty and Sierra
Shorty and Angel
Shorty and Rachael
Buck died unexpectedly on Thursday evening, April 5, 2007. It was very sudden, and he didn't suffer. Only minutes earlier he'd been happily giving a lesson, looking beautiful and acting completely fine. After the lesson, I kissed his nose, told him I loved him, and sent the kids for a cool down walk around the property. He collapsed at the bottom of the hill. Fortunately, no one was badly hurt, and he was gone quickly. He was 24 years old.
It wouldn't have been Buck's style to grow old and feeble, so now we'll always remember him as the bright, happy, beautiful boy that he was, with the shiny, dappled coat and feisty attitude. He had a great season hunting with Beaufort and helped us train our newly-entered crop of hound puppies. He made a beautiful showing at Hunt Night at Harrisburg where he was the only horse to represent our hunt in 2006, and in the last six months we had some of our very best rides together. Our last outing was simply a short, bareback ride through the woods here at home after it had snowed.
Buck always acted as though he'd live forever. He was the heart of the barn and my best friend and patient teacher. Things just won't be the same without him. He was truly the light of my life--a life that's so much richer for having had him as my partner.
My First Kiss
Winter of 2014 was a challenging one and a heartbreaker in many ways. Sadly, we lost Petie to a sudden, violent bout of colic the evening of January 29th. We were lucky to have had such a sweet and talented horse in our lesson program, and he had quickly become a favorite among many of our riders. Gone too soon, he will live on in our good memories. Rest In Peace, Petie.
Who would have thought that the little, lame Saddlebred who looked like he'd been put together by committee, would turn out to be one of my life's great characters? With a heart as big as all outdoors, he made the transition from tired Amish cart horse to beloved lesson mount, and won over a generation of riders at Harvest View Stables.
We will miss him terribly, but we are grateful to have been blessed with his company for the second half of his long life. Rest In Peace, Little Kish. Echoes of "Go, Kish! Goooooo!" will resound through the barn forever.
Calvin (Smoke Screen)
In December, 2012, we bid a sad farewell to our beloved Calvin. He came to us in the summer of 2004 and in that time has touched countless lives and taught many, many people how to love and appreciate horses. He went from life as a fancy show hunter, to reliable lesson horse, eventer, paper chaser, fox hunter, gaming horse and general reliable good citizen. His life has never been dull!
He would have been 25 in 2013...he lived a long and happy life. May he graze in greener pastures with the knowledge that he's been so special to so many. Rest in peace, Good Friend.
When I first saw Lux at the horse rescue, I nearly dropped to my knees. I don't think I'd ever seen such a stunning horse. He had a personality to match his good looks, and Dave and I were thrilled to have him join us at HVS. He had been imported from Europe to be a show hunter, but had not been sound enough for that career. Here with us, he went out for long hacks and later fox hunted and competed at local shows.
Sadly, he contracted EPM and never quite made a full recovery. He spent several years in retirement, but in spring of 2011, a month after losing Kish, we made the sad decision to end his pain.
He was a great, expressive character, and we were happy to have had his company.
William died from complications brought on by colic on Memorial Day weekend, 2013. He was a 1989 English Thoroughbred/Irish Draught cross who was imported from England in 1998 and began a long career as one of the Kinsley's fox hunters with the Elkridge-Harford Hunt. Along with the Kinsley's other stunning Irish greys, Mexican Wave and Stanhope's Gassoon, William became quite well known on the now defunct Hunt Night Circuit, as a member of the winning hunt team. He also competed successfully at Middleburg and Warrenton before retiring to us at HVS in 2008. H was a truly wonderful teacher, and riders of all ages, sizes and abilities came to love him.
We were fortunate to have had such a special horse in our barn.