There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~ Sir Winston Churchill
Henry is a World Champion Morgan horse. His show name is Arboria Invictus and he is 23 years old. Every horse has a specialty and Henry’s is being our perfect, patient beginner horse. Nearly every rider that starts here starts on Henry and he gives them the confidence and skills to move up to the next horse. Henry is a mellow guy but he loves to kick up his heels when turned out and he can’t get enough apples as treats! Henry can often be found in the mornings eating his breakfast hay while laying down and enjoying the sun. Henry is a great guy!
Belle is known around here as Belle the wonder horse! She is everything a Morgan horse should be! She is game, kind, likes to work, has her way she likes things and has plenty of quirks to keep everyone on their toes! Belle has gotten many of our riders into the show ring for the first time and she is a complete professional at it. She knows her job and helps riders get comfortable and have fun! Belle’s registered name is PFF Francesca and age is owned by her breeder, Christine Clapp. Belle is absolutely treasured at GRS. Belle’s favorite treat is, without question, peppermints. She can hear a wrapper from far, far away and knows that it must be a treat for her!!! Belle is 17 years old now and has been with us her whole life...how lucky are we?!?!
HP Yippie Ki-A is a beautiful 16 year old Morgan mare. Rayatta has been graciously loaned to us by owners Hal and Stacey Parker and she has quickly fit into our program and become a favorite of many riders. Rayatta is the smoothest horse you’ll ever ride and is wonderfully trained which makes teaching on her a treat! Rayatta seems to like apples more than the average treat but, she’s happy to take any reward given to her after she is ridden.
Harley is an adorable 16 year old gelding that screams Morgan with his beautiful face and tons of personality! Harley’s registered name is Harlingtons Farquar and Harley is another World Champion in our lesson program! We are incredibly fortunate that Lisa Reif has allowed us to use Harley and he is a great lesson horse! He’s so well trained and is the BEST horse ever to teach riders to canter properly. Harley likes the grain treats that we generally give him after he works but he’s not opposed to other tasty treats like apples and carrots!
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Leo is our resident Saddlebred lesson horse and he represents his breed well! Leo is big and big strided...some would even say a bit bouncy;) Leo is one of our more advanced lesson horses as his rider needs to have their body pretty set in the correct spot for him not to bounce them right out of place! Leo is fabulously trained and is perfect for our advanced riders. Leo is our youngest lesson horse at only 9 years old and he seems to have settled into lesson horse life quite well. Leo loves peppermints and says that they are certainly his treat of preference! Leo also drives and is pretty fancy at that as well and he enjoys driving around the farm in days that he doesn’t teach lessons.
We at Rushton Stables have a fabulous riding community and we appreciate you all. We have been blessed with some lesson riders that realize the current situation and they've asked how they can help support the lesson horses. For the cost of 1 lesson a week or 1 lesson a month, you can help care for your favorite lesson horse until you can come back and ride. No amount is too small to show your love for the horses that mean something to you and you can sponsor as many lesson horses as you'd like. If you are a lesson regular, have been, or are a training client that has benefited from riding one of these wonderful horses to hone your skills for your show horse, this is a great way to send a little that helps a lot.
If you have already ridden with Rushton Stables, then you already know how much we love and care for our lesson horses. They work hard everyday, providing our riders with a fun and safe riding experience. The funds generated from their lessons goes towards their feed, bedding, hoof care, regular veterinary care, and important medications and supplements.
Having to make the decision to close our lesson program was a very difficult one, and one we thought long and hard about. We respect the guidelines of the CDC, as well as those of the state of California and are doing our part to "flatten the curve" and keep our staff and our beloved riders safe and healthy. While we do this, our lesson horses are missing their lesson partners and we are missing you all as well. However, that leaves our lesson horses out of jobs and without income to support themselves. As you can imagine, they continue to need all of the same care during this time of no lessons. We are extremely proud of the group of lesson horses we have and we believe they are the very best to learn on, at every level, and we want to keep them and keep them in top shape so they are here when you can return, ready for you!
We strive to be able to provide the same excellent care of our horses during this time, so that we come out of the current health situation with the same amazing and happy string of lesson horses. Some clients have asked how they can help during this difficult time, so we have put together a temporary Lesson Horse Sponsorship Program. You can help support your favorite furry friend (although, when you see them next, they will have less hair!!) or you can donate to the general fund for the lesson horses. Any amount is appreciated as we take the best care we can of these kind souls who are wondering where everybody went!Sponsorship Program Opportunity
Sponsorships can be made via Venmo, check, or CC.
Victory Pass Sponsorship
Be a Victory Pass Sponsor by donating $100 toward the care of your favorite lesson horse. This can be a one-time donation or monthly, you specify. This sponsorship will keep your favorite horsey friend in plenty of shavings to rest on while they are waiting for your return. Winners will be thanked on Facebook (unless they wish to not be) and receive a picture of the horse they sponsored as well as a T-shirt.
World Champion Sponsor
Our World Champion Sponsors donate $300 toward the care of your favorite lesson horse! This will help feed and bed your favorite equine for the month! This can be a one-time donation or monthly, you specify. Winners will be thanked on Facebook (unless they wish to not be) and receive a picture of the horse they sponsored as well as a T-shirt, a free lesson on the horse they sponsor when lessons resume and a photoshoot with the horse they sponsored.
Be a Champion Sponsor with a $200 donation toward the Care of your favorite lesson horse. This can be done once or monthly, you specify. This sponsorship will keep your friend’s feet cared for and shod while we wait to get back to lessons! Winners will be thanked on Facebook (unless they wish to not be) and receive a picture of the horse they sponsored as well as a T-shirt and will receive a free lesson on the horse they sponsor when lessons resume.
Call (951) 310-1295 for additional details and ways you can help your favorite Rushton Stables lesson horse through these tough times. They're going to be missing you just as much as you'll be missing them over the next month!
Be a ribbon winner by sponsoring your favorite horse with a $50 donation. This can be done once or monthly, you specify. This sponsorship will help feed your favorite lesson horse this month. Ribbon Winners will be thanked on Facebook (unless they wish to not be) and receive a picture of the horse they sponsored.