Our horses are co-laborers in fulfilling our mission. Each of our horses has a unique personality, just like our participants.
In honor of the many who have served up to this point and are no longer with us, either because they have moved to a different career, retired, or joined the great herd on the green pastures of heaven, we want to recognize their contributions. We remember them well and smile at these precious memories of our colleagues making this mission possible. Without them, Renew would not be what it is today.
Silk joined the Renew herd in March, 2016. She is owned by Melissa Conner, and has worked as a therapy horse for over 10 years and been in two other therapeutic riding programs. As a Morgan–Friesian Cross, her big movement in spite of her small size make her an ideal mount for many students. Silk is in her early twenties, although you would never know it as she has more forward energy than many younger horses. She is registered with the US Dressage Federation as “Silk N’ Sapphires.”
Charlie is a Quarter Horse who is owned by the Pepper family in Zeeland and is on loan to Renew. He is in his mid-twenties, and loves all people. His past career consisted of working with children in 4H, and doing a lot of trail riding (which he still really loves!) We are so grateful to have Charlie as part of the Renew herd, and he thrives in his work. He is often the go-to guy for new or timid riders, and he takes care of them all.
** Charlie is now enjoying his retirement. He served at Renew from 2015-2018.
Pizzazz came to Renew with her equine “sister,” Honey, in 2016. Also owned by Kim Juergen, Pizzazz had previously lived at Rusty Spurs before being adopted by Kim. Pizzazz was once abandoned when her family moved out of state, and Kim took her in to be a family pet. Pizzazz’s size and temperament make her a good fit for many students at Renew, and we are so thankful that Kim agreed to share her with us. Her splash of color makes her stand out among our dark-colored herd, and her students love her for her spunky personality.
** Pizzazz is now enjoying her retirement. She served at Renew from 2016-2019.
Dailee joined Renew in December, 2016, and came to us from Lundington, MI. She is owned by Kelly Leikert, and we are so grateful to have her. Dailee is a Morgan in her late teens, and her best friend is her pasture mate, Silk. After spending her career showing through the high school equestrian program, she has taken to her role as a therapy horse with a great deal of enthusiasm. Dailee loves children, and has a heart of gold. If she is not in a lesson, she will often stand by the gate or fence and watch intently (she does not like to be left out of the fun).
** Dailee is now enjoying her retirement. She served at Renew from 2016-2019.
Nobie moved to Michigan from Virginia with mom, Melissa Conner, in 2013, and has been a therapy horse for his entire lifetime. Amish-bred to pull carts, he adapted to the job of helping riders with disabilities as a young four year old and has never looked back. He has now worked in two therapeutic riding programs, and is our especially fond of working with riders in our day camps. He is easily recognized by his Fabio-like flaxen mane. Like Lizzy, he is obsessed with grass (it’s like chocolate to him).