MEET OUR HORSES
Ambury Park's horses are an essential part of our riding therapy programmes. Every child who attends the Centre, either as a part-time rider or as a full-time student in our school, is assigned a horse. The horse/child interaction is both physical and psychological. The way the child bonds with his or her horse is the cornerstone of our successful programmes.
Some of the horses have been with us a long time, others are relatively new. We have both mares and geldings, and a variety of different breeds. Each horse has a distinct personality and, depending on a number of factors, is used for therapy rides, or by our full-time students, or both of these.
OUR HORSE OF THE MONTH
Height: 15.2hh Bay crossbred mare. Amara has been at the Centre since 2009. She is in training for both the full time students and part time therapy riders. She loves having her neck rubbed and enjoys cantering.
Amara is looking for sponsorship
Teka (Brightwater Chiqilton)
This recent arrival has an abundance of presence. A 14.1 hh (144cm) Gypsy Cob has arrived at Ambury, and got on with the job. There's many an argument over who is going to groom and ride her.
What a gem. This very cute piebald pony stands at 14.2 hh (147cm) and his can do attitude allows him to do his job as well as it did when he was competing in his earlier years.
Magpie is kindly sponsored by the Kelliher Charitable Trust
A real gentleman with a lovely rhythmical movement. At 15.3 hh (160cm), and a Ngati bred Chestnut gelding, he is unwavering in his support of beginners.
At only 12.2 hh (127cm), his big personailitymakes him the perfect candidate for dressing up. He has many fans, big and small, but works mainly with the smallest of our riders.
Frosty is kindly sponsored by
The Timber Barron
We are lucky to have this 16 hh (162cm), pretty bay Clydesdale mare who has as much to teach as she has to learn. She has settled into her work more each day. Her calm personality draws people to her, and she enjoys the fuss.
Tommy (Thomson Rhapsody)
One of the kindest horses you could wish to meet. A big boy at 16.3 hh (170cm), he can adapt for a walk over the farm, to a dressage arena in the blink of an eye, as he changes his tempo to suit his rider.
Tommy was purchased by UPS Power Solutions
As his name suggest, he's a very sweet and curious little guy. He is a Chestnu Welsh pony who stands at 13.1 hh (134cm), who was bred for the purpose of equine therapies, and knows his job well.
Lollypop is kindly sponsored by Sam Hugli
An extremely cute Palomino Icelandic pony with personality plus, who likes to interact with everyone who comes his way.
Fable (Oaklane Mulan)
This very pretty mare has been in the Ambury stable since 2020. She has great breeding for the purpose of therapy riding being half Haflinger, known for their gentle nature and Quarter Horse for athleticism. She is every little girl’s dream being the living picture of Barbie doll’s best friend. Fable is a shade under 14:2 hands high.
With everything from School Master to Hunting on his resume, this 15.2 hh (154cm) Appaloosa gelding seems to have found his niche with his go anywhere, do anything attitude.
This little guy was a real find and seemingly born to do the job here at Ambury. He is a diminutive 12:1 hh but always ready to foot (or hoof) it with the big boys. It would be difficult to come across a more kiddy-friendly pony. He is the perfect confidence builder as who could possibly be intimidated by this sweet wee marshmallow? He is one of the special few who stepped straight into his role on heralding his arrival in early 2021.
Spy is kindly sponsored by the Kelliher Charitable Trust
A striking looking fellow with a good chunk of Clydesdale in his bloodlines. Dusty has a very wise philosophy on life and takes most things in his stride. He very quickly showed how versatile he can be adapting seamlessly between being a safe therapy mount to a fun ride with many ‘programmed buttons’ to challenge the more capable rider. We have owned Dusty since his arrival in 2020. Dusty measures in at 15:2 hands.
Dusty is kindly sponsored by the Kelliher Charitable Trust
This gentle gelding is a real ‘people person’. He is largely thoroughbred and adores human fuss and attention. Being kind and obliging, he is also a very honest, steady jumper for those ready to try something more daring. Quest is a fraction under 16 hands and joined our team in 2020.
Quest is kindly sponsored by
We are very fortunate to have this personality-packed pony on long-term lease. He came to us in 2018 to help fill a gap and has happily been with us ever since. Smudge is a full sized pony at 14:2 hh and had a successful jumping career in his former life. He can be best described as a true school master with plenty to teach his young riders.