"Where special kids and horses shine."

Meet Our Equine Staff

Sammy

Sammy

Sammy is a 14 hand Welsh pony who is 13 years old. Sammy has been doing therapy the longest of any of our horses and he is the best at it. He loves to give the kids hugs after they dismount.

Oreo

Oreo

Oreo is a 13 year old 14.2 hand Arabian/Paint cross. Because of his coloring, he is sometimes called the cow by some of the kids. He was recently generously donated by Pam Carter. 

Gordon

Gordon

Gordon is a 19 year old big Quarter Horse, standing 15.3 hands. His favorite things to do are eat, sleep, and stop. He loves doing therapy because he is a very lazy horse.

Captain

Cappi

Aka Captain Hook was purchased for the farm by Delane Clark. He stands 13.1 hh and moves like an English Country Pleasure pony. He is great for our smaller passengers and is 13 years old.

Hamilton

Hamilton

Hamilton (also known as Hami) was rescued and donated generously by police officer Gina Cook. He is about 14.2 hands high and is a POA (Pony of the Americas). Hami, age 11, was a rescue pony and is loving his life here at Shining Hope Farms. 

Grady

Grady

Grady is Oreo's half brother, and is close to the same height. He is a very willing pony and will do anything you ask of him. He is 16 years old. We would like to thank our Occupational Therapist Stephanie Piatt for generously donating him. 

Dunkin

Dunkin

Dunkin is a Quarter Horse who was originally born in Colorado. He is 12 years old and 15.2 hands high.

Odie

Odie

Odie is a 21 year old black welsh cross pony standing 13 hands high. He has a lot of experience around children, is good at walk/trot/canter lessons, and jumps 2 feet without hesitation. His name was chosen by Caleb Moore, one of our 9 year old riders.

Purchased with funds from the Glenn Foundation.

Fritz

Fritz

Fritz is a 16 year old blonde Halflinger pony standing 14.1 hands high. He has been trained in dressage, polo cross, mounted games, and eventing. Fritz has a funny personality and loves to swim in the pond. He was recently generously donated by Anne Spicer in South Carolina.

Alex

Alex is a 14 year old Holsteiner Thoroughbred standing 17.3 hands high. He has been shown AA Hunter previously and enjoys being ridden and groomed. After having an impressive show career Alex has come to Shining Hope Farms through Lauren Harroff. We would like to thank the Harroff family for generously allowing Alex to be a part of our programs. 

Marshall

Marshall is a 14 year old Appendix Quarter Horse who was kindly donated to Shining Hope Farms by Erica Kramer. He stands 16.1 hands high and is quite the Mr. Piggie in his stall!

Reese

Reese is 10 years old and was purchased by an incredibly generous couple that wishes to remain anonymous. He is a bay quarter horse standing 15.2 hands. He is very calm and has a pleasant personality.

Willy

Willy is a 18 year old black 12 hand Welsh pony. He is the littlest of all the SHF ponies. He is the world’s greatest babysitter! He has done event jumping up to 2’9” high. He is a favorite of the therapists for his good disposition and small size.

Gideon

Gideon

Gideon is our newest addition and is a 13 year old Percheron/Quarter Horse that stands 16.1 hands high and is a grulla dunn. Gideon stays at the Mt. Holly farm and will be used for recreational riding, Special Olympics, and Hippotherapy since he is such a gentle giant. A special thank you to Wendy Crocovia for helping Shining Hope Farms with the purchase of Gideon. Thank you for looking after all the children and adults that will benefit from this wonderful horse.