Stanford University owns (or borrows) more than thirty horses. All of Stanford’s horses are donated, coming from diverse backgrounds. Their experience runs the gamut from top-rated show champions to trusted beginner mounts. Our horses are the heart of our program and are beloved by the team. We would like to thank all the horse owners who have donated horses to our program, as well as those who let us use their horses in our shows and lessons.
Donated by Stanford alumna, Laurie Thomas, Armani is a spectacular 1998 Holsteiner gelding with numerous wins in the 1.20m and 1.30m while competing with Laurie and the trainers at Willow Tree. One of the Team’s favorite Open Fences mounts, Armani loves attention and is the first horse to put his nose over the door for a scratch in the morning.
This gentle giant is on loan from Stanford Red Barn instructor Corie Thompson. A Clydesdale with a heart of gold and just about the smoothest trot there is, Beau has worked as a therapy horse, a lesson horse and even attends various community events and parades by request.
Bailey (Playin Bailey) is a 2008 AQHA gelding donated by Team alum, Katherine Bechtel. A former Open Fences rider for the Cardinal, Kat found Bailey as a 6 year old and trained him to go Hunt Seat and Western before giving him to the team. Currently Bailey is used in practices for both squads.
Benito is a 2000 Half-Arabian gelding belonging to Haley Harrington. He started his show career in the jumpers but most recently showed on the Arabian circuit. With his show days behind him, Benito is enjoying western and community lessons. He is always looking for a scratch and a peppermint (but especially a peppermint).
Donated by the Zaydel family in 2014, this wonderful 1998 warmblood mare has many miles on the show circuit in all three rings. A wonderful equitation horse, and favorite of our IHSA and IEA times, Candi is one of the sweetest horses in the barn and earns her many treats.
This spectacular 1998 Holsteiner gelding, donated by the Roberson family, has competed in nearly a dozen Grand Prix to much success, but you’d never know what a fierce competitor he is given how absolutely kind and loving he is on the ground and under saddle. One of the Open rider riders very favorites, he is also loving time with the dressage team.
WGR Passanova, or “Chili,” is a 1996 Quarter Horse gelding donated by the Neukom Family. Chili has twice won the Team’s “MVH” (Most Valuable Horse) year-end honors thanks to his ability in Western, Hunt Seat and Dressage, and extremely loving personality.
On loan from the Matson family, and previously from the Hoffman family, Comet is one of the kindest souls in the barn. A former pole bending, rodeo and trail horse, he is used by both the English and Western teams, as well as for physical education classes and is active with the Red Barn Leadership programs.
Cooper (Kountry Boy)
Donated by Sheila Hart, “Cooper” is a 2000 Argentine Warmblood with a great deal of experience in the equitation ring from his time at Far West. This handsome boy is one of our Open riders favorites, but also dabbles a little in the Dressage ring.
Donated by Tara Couch this 2003 Swedish Warmblood Grand Prix mount amassed numerous top placings throughout North America, including at Menlo, Thermal and Thunderbird. Cozmoz still has huge scope and a big heart, but he is also enjoying learning the ways of being a ‘Big Eq’ horse at Stanford!
Donated by the Strong family after a wonderful career as a therapy horse with BOK Ranch, this 1998 Quarter Horse gelding is a wonderful teaching partner. Happiest western where he is not just allowed, but encourage, to go slow, Dunrite will also happily go English as long as there is a treat waiting for him back in the barn.
This 2003 Hanoverian gelding was donated by Natasha Johnston who, along with trainer Matt Sereni, had many wins as a hunter. With a huge, round jump, Findlay has quickly become one of the Team’s favorites for jumping lessons, as well as for the upper level riders on the Dressage team.
Donated by the Tyrell family, this 2002 Hanoverian gelding is a seasoned equitation horse and favorite of Open riders on the team. Hailing from Beacon Hill where he competed in the Maclay finals, Freddy is not only talented over fences an on the flat, but also in Dressage.
A 1998 Belgium Warmblood is perfectly named with his winning looks and handsome way of going. Donated by the Morehead family, Handsome competed in the 3’6″ equitation classes, as well as in the 1.20m jumpers, with numerous wins and championships from Woodside to Thermal.
Jackson (Leroy Brown)
Jackson is a 1996 American Show Horse gelding donated by Emma Gray, who after years of eventing and Pony Club entrusted him to the team as she left for college. He is a wonderful dressage horse but is equally as happy jumping around with the barn’s IEA teams.
This spectacular 2002 Oldenburg gelding was generously donated by Raquelle de la Rocha Bussel. This “small” hunter has a huge personality and is as stunning under saddle as he is in the performance classes. In addition he won the 2012 Zone 10 Championship in the Green Hunters, a Silver Stirrup win for the Sm. Jr. Hunters and Circuit Champion in the same division at Thermal.
Dapper Dan certainly lives up to his name! This 1999 Hanoverian gelding, on loan from the Bryan family, was a very successful show horse and part of the Round Meadow Family. Not ready for retirement, Dan is enjoying a second career as a dressage and occasional jumping horse at Stanford!
This stout Paint mare is full of personality, spending time as a camp horse at Camp Kennolyn, as well as serving as a team mount for UC Davis. With a zeal for jumping, Katie is also earnestly learning Dressage including competing in her first shows for the team this year.
Lando is a 1996 Belgian Warmblood gelding donated to the Team by the Kubarych family. This sweet guy is a love in the barn and easily jumps around the 3′, though he’s prefer to nap in the sun in his favorite turnout paddock.
Luke (Nio Lux)
Nio Lux is a 1996 KWPN gelding gifted to the team from the Coulter Family. Full of personality, Luke has earned the “prime” stall right by the Team’s tack room where he expertly begs for treats and attention. A beautiful mover, Luke has more show miles and championships than we can count!
Magic (Black Magic)
Donated by the Vardell family, this lovely little mare has a huge heart! An amazing eventing pony who has competed throughout the west coast, she is loved by all the teams, but a particular favorite of the dressage team and the many IEA riders lucky enough to ride her!
Monty (Dash on By)
This 1994 Canadian Warmblood is as loveable as they come with knee-high white socks, an ample belly and sweet face. A donation from the Friedman family, he is a favorite draw of Novice riders across the Regions with more wins in Novice Fences than any other horse in Northern California.
Holly is a 2006 TB mare donated by the Hoffman Family. A ‘show pro’ and all-around fun jumping horse, Holly has done it all. She absolutely loves to jump and is a favorite in the IHSA horse shows!
MCAT (Master Catalyst)
A star of the Western
Team, Master show as a Reined Cowhorse before being donated to Stanford by Keith Simon. MCAT is small in stature but has a huge heart and some fancy moves. While he gamely jogs around Physical Education classes, he still has a great spin and stop.
Donated by the Lobel Family, this big 2000 Warmblood gelding graced the cover of Practical Horseman in 2013 in its Collegiate Issue. A talented 3’6″ equitation horse for Saer Coulter and Caroline Lobel, Ronnie has vast experience in Meday and Maclay classes from Del Mar to Wellington. At Stanford he is a favored mount of the Open riders on the team and loves long afternoons in turnout.
Donated by Bay Rose Farm, this 2003 warmblood gelding is a spectacular mover was quickly a favorite of both the team’s upper level jumping riders, as well as the Dressage team.
Sterling came to Stanford with the Henderson family from the chilly winters of Ohio. This pony is about as perfect as they come. From Eventing to Dressage, she does it all, making her one of the favorite horses of the Hunt Seat, Dressage and IEA Teams.
Sunday Parker is owned by Stanford Red Barn Advisory Board President, George Parker. Though this adorable Quarter Horse is used as a field hunter with the Los Altos Hounds as well as to round up cattle by the Dish, Sunday easily adapts to his stays at the Red Barn. He is used for many horse shows in the Novice division and can even pinch hit Western when needed.
A 2000 warmblood gelding, Sirocco was donated by Erich Elsen after a decorated showing career in the jumpers. A quick-study in equitation and dressage, Sirocco is now a favorite show horse of both squads.
Toby is a 1998 Canadian Warmblood donated to the Team by Beers Family. Toby is one of the Team favorites over fences, always in the top ribbons in Novice and a favorite draw on the flat. Toby was voted to be the 2013 IHSA Zone 8 Region 1 Horse of the Year.
Donated by the Margolis Family, this 1998 Belgian Warmblood is one of the Team’s favorites thanks to his loving disposition, wonderful jump, and talent in the dressage court. Before coming to Stanford Van had a decorated career as an equitation mount, including winning the Nor Cal Finals with Team rider Claire Margolis. Van won the 2014 Zone 8 Horse of the Show at the Zone Finals.
Oscar, a 2000 Hanoverian gelding donated by Meera Clark, is an absolute dream to ride! Imported from Spain, he quickly took to the hunter ring, bringing home many tricolors throughout his show career before coming to college with Meera where she showed him successfully with Northern Run. Prior to graduation Meera entrusted Oscar to the Team where he has found a spot as a favorite Open draw, as well as a very flashy upper level dressage horse
Julius has to be one of the most popular horses in the barn! From dressage to jumping, x-rails to Open, he does it all! This 1998 warmblood gelding was kindly donated by the Curcio family and is now a beloved member of the Stanford family!
Ace (Ace of Spades)
Owned by Stanford Equestrian Team rider, Ellen Kettler, Ace is a 1999 Quarter Horse cross who has excelled at everything from polocross to gymkana to jumpers and was voted IHSA Zone 8, Region 1 Horse of the Year.