Horses are the heart of our program
Our horses are selected by our professionally trained staff for their gentle nature, good temperament, and ability to work with a variety of riders and volunteers. We lease 9-10 therapy horses from the months of March-November and they return home for their much needed break during the winter months. If you’re interested in donating to help our wonderful team of horses, please visit our Donate Page or click on the Donate Button at the top right of any page.
Breed: Clydesdale/Welsh Cross
Owner: Jinx Fox
Maggie was originally bred as a cart pulling horse but as she grew she found her way to her owner Jinx who rode her on the trails. After attending several desensitizing clinics with Maggie, Jinx found that Maggie was very confident and brave. She was willing and ready for anything life brought her. Maggie now enjoys bringing that confidence to her riders and showing them that they too can beat anything life brings them!
Owner: Dr. Melyni Worth
Imported to America when he was just 5 years old, Xavoy has lived most of his life at Cedar Creek Stables where Ride With Pride is held. He worked for many years as a dressage horse and soon became an upper level schoolmaster. As he got older he was ready to retire and find his new passion, therapeutic horsemanship. Xavoy loves the attention of all of his riders and often challenges them with his bold but sweet personality.
Owner: Kelsey Lasher
As one of Ride With Pride’s biggest horses, this gentle giant loves her new life! She joined the RWP team in December of 2017 as a rescue horse. Before she came to the program she had a hard working life on an Amish farm. Our very own Program Director bought Miss Molly to help give her a fresh start. She was worn out and refused to eat treats! After tones of love and affection Molly now enjoys trying new treat flavors, loving up with her students, and teaching riders to become strong and independent.
Owner: Sally Mann
Little Eddy ran 41 races in his youth before moving off the track and onto the road. Eddy then began his career as an endurance horse. After many miles covered it was time for Eddy to retire (or so they thought). Eddy wasn’t ready to retire. During his retired years he became difficult to catch but once joining RWP and having the saddle back on this little guy he’s always the first one at the gate. But don’t ignore him! He will welcome the barnworkers each morning with nickers so they will pick him first.
Breed: Quarter Horse
Owner: Brandon White
Gracie was foaled and owned by the same owner her whole life. She is a Quarter horse, and this breed of horses excel at springing long distances. The name Quarter Horse comes from its ability to outrun other horse breeds in races that are a quarter mile or less. In her younger years, she was a roping horse and she even traveled all the way to Wyoming. Gracie has traveled all across the country. Now as she enters her later years she is excited to help the students at RWP learn all about riding!
Owner: Jamie Hemp
Jenny worked with her owner in the dressage ring, jumped, and took riders on the trail. Her thoroughbred breeding is often seen as a hot type breed and is used for racing. Although Jenny never raced her long legs are sure to cover ground! Her temperament is sweet and caring but she loves to move! Don’t spend to much time standing around, Miss Jenny wants to go!
Owner: Joelle Painter
Cash is a rescue from the Bowie Texas auction and was bought by his owner in March of 2020. Cash’s owner is also an instructor with the program and they are the perfect team! Cash loves seeing his mama teach lessons and loves even more to spend time with her in them! Cash is believed to have been a previous western pleasure mount but his past is unknown. He tries to tell us as much as he can with his sweet personality and one thing is certain, he loves his new life in Virginia!
Breed: Quarter Horse
Owner: Annie Mathot
Dewey was adopted by his owner in 2011. Before that, he worked as a lesson horse for kids. He did lessons for several years at Breezy River Stables teaching Western, Hunters, and taking riders on Hunter Paces. Dewey is a big love bug who wants nothing more than rubs from his riders and food in his stall! His kind and gentle eyes warms your heart from the moment you meet him.
Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse
Owner: Tina and Alan Grove
Montana was purchased as a green 3-year-old. He was trained by Susan Hartman for Competitive Trail rides. Montana’s unique breed as a TWH (Tennessee Walking Horse) makes him a smooth ride. TWH are a type of gaited horse known for their unique four-beat running-walk and flashy movement. This breed of horses was originally used as an all-purpose horse on plantations and farms. Montana is now excited to provide this comfortable movement for his riders here at Ride With Pride and his flashy blue roan color always gains attention!
Owner: Dr. Melyni Worth
Pajana was imported from Europe and came to live at Cedar Creek Stables for a while. She was sold but she eventually made her way back to Cedar Creek to retire. She had a baby named Teddy, but as Teddy grew up she became available for use at Ride With Pride. Between everyone falling in love with her spots, to teaching lessons under saddle, to teaching lessons on the ground, Pajana can do it all and she loves every second of it!
Breed: Grade Quarter Horse
Owner: Meagan Ryan
Scotty’s original owner purchased him from an online auction, listed as a trail horse. After several years he was gifted to his current owner who uses him as a fox hunting horse in the winter. Scotty is excited to share his knowledge with his students and teach them about confidence and rider during the spring, summer, and fall months but he will be sure to be covering some ground in the winter when the hounds start calling!
Owner: Alex Mankowich
Rafiqi was bought by his owner in 2017 from a guy in the Roanoke area who had bought Rafiqi and another horse a few days prior. Rafiqi loves giving his owner’s daughters rides in lessons and on the trail. Now that Rafiqi has helped them advance to higher levels he is ready to teach some other riders! He is joining Ride with Pride to help encourage others to be strong and confident.
Breed: Morgan/Quarter Horse
Owner: Kelsey Lasher
This friendly little girl loves attention from anyone. She is always up for a new adventure and would take photos with a camera if she could. She joined her new family with Kelsey as an unbroke 6 year old. Kelsey took her time training Arwen but soon found that Arwen loves to learn new things! Arwen and Kelsey have worked heavily together on Dressage, Jumping, and Fox Hunting. Now as a 13 year old, Arwen enjoys her time teaching the riders at RWP new skills while also working with Kelsey to progress her skills as an eventing horse. Arwen likes to come give lessons of her own from time to time.