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JJ Ė From The Amish to Amazing
In July 2012, once again Kelly went to the New Holland auction on her mission to save some lucky horses. She happened across a confused, but calm standardbred. An amish family brought him there because they didnít want him anymore. His life had already been an adventure, from the racetrack (Pacer) to pulling an amish buggy through Lancaster County, PA. If JJ only knew what was in store for him as he stood there in that kill pen.
His kind eye and gentle heart grabbed the attention of Kelly. She immediately took action to get him out of the kill pen. I saw the postings and pictures and JJ grabbed my heart right away. I phoned Kelly that evening and told her I wanted to save him. On July 28, 2012, I drove to Omega Horse Rescue and brought him home. His feet were sore from ill-fitting shoes and thrush, but he recovered quickly.
Late in August 2012, I rode him for the first time. He just stood there quietly as I tacked him up and climbed on him, no fuss, no issues, just quiet as can be. You really canít beat the mind of a Standy ! He is great on trails, roads, anywhere, bareback, dogs, nothing rattles him.
In November 2012, my good friend, Theone Andrew, showed me how to harness and drive him for our first time. It was very emotional for me, I stood there and cried as I watched. To see him trot with such grace, knowing his job, doing what he had done all his life, thinking how quickly his life could have ended had Kelly not stepped in.
JJ is truly a lucky horse, he and his story has touched many. We are so fortunate to have such a noble animal.
---Lisa and Bob DeLauder
The girl that has been riding Griffin
was eventing him this season and did great! They qualified for the American Eventing Championships down in Georgia and came back victorious. He is now the #5 Beginner Novice Competitor in the
country and the highest pointed pony from the entire event!! I attached a picture with his Mark Phillip's High Point Pony award (yes I did buy the picture but I haven't gotten it in the mail, I can try and send you one without the copyright on it when I receive it). Karen O'Connor's groom said that they needed him since he
performed so well. Several people were astonished that he was a rescue pony! He is doing spectacular, hope to send you more updates soon!
Posie is amazing. I have taken other ponies and horses in the past, and Posie was the most relaxed and well behaved one ever.
She was champion in confirmation, champion in hunt seat equitation, and champion in hunter (against all the large ponies and
horses). I had alot of people come over to ask about
the Resuce. People were amazed that a little more than a year ago, Posie was in a slaughter pen. I think Cierra got 8 first place ribbons (lost track), and won a really nice padded leather halter and
lead and a brand new english bridle. Posie never got upset about anything and was quite comfortable with everything. The judge told Cierra she was one of the fanciest ponies she had ever seen. Again, thank you so much for allowing us to borrow the banner. I hope it helps the rescue to gain more donations and get more people to adopt from you.
Have a great weekend-
Meredith, Cierra and Posie
Champion Green Pony Hunter of Harford Horse Shows Association for the year ending 2010 and Recipient of The Foxfire Perpetual Trophy
Champion Green Pony Hunter at the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club Show 2010 and recipient of the Green Pony Hunter Perpetual Trophy
High Point Pony at the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club Show 2010 and recipient of the Helen W. Roberts Memorial Trophy
Champion Green Pony Hunter at the York Country Day School and recipient of commemorative pewter platter
MD State Fair 2010-Champion Confirmation (Mare) for Junior/Intermediate 4H
MD State Fair 2010-Champion Large Pony/Horse Hunter for Junior/Intermediate 4H (1st place in all her over fences classes)
MD State Fair 2010-Champion Hunt Seat Equitation with Cierra Hovermill for Junior/Intermediate 4H (1st place in all her classes)
Toby's (My Lucky Legend) accomplishments for this year
At the regional 4-H show they placed 3rd in the Hunter Hack Horses and 2nd in Equitation on the Flat Senior which qualified them for the State 4-H
Horse Show in Harrisburg.
Bucks County 4-H:
2nd- Grooming and Showmanship
1st- Hunter Hack Horses
1st- Equitation on the Flat Senior
3rd- Hunter Undersaddle- Horses
1st- Dressage Training Level Test 2 (70%)
Hunterdon County II "A" rated show
1st- Pre-Children's Equitation Flat-Horse
3rd- Pre-Children's Equitation Over fences-Horse
3rd- Pre-Children's Equitation Over fences-Horse
Brie is an amazing horse and I am so happy with her. She has put on a little weight and looks amazing. I have her working with a trainer twice a week and she is so good under the saddle. We did take her out on a trail ride and she did great until she saw a herd of mules. She was so scared of them. All was well we got her back to her barn and she was fine. I remember you had a mule at the rescue , so I donít know why she thinks they are so scary. I just love her!!!!!! She has her best friend Magic and the two of them are quite the herd bound mares. I may still have to consider a third but am very happy with the two of them. She has seen the farrier twice and her hooves look good. She also has seen the vet twice (just checkups) and she is again doing great.
Again, I hope you are well and thank you so much for this lovely
|No words can describe how thankful I am for letting me adopt
Griffin! He is absolutely wonderful. He hasn't put a foot wrong in his life. I couldn't ask for a better first pony! You name it, he'll do it. Every year we have competed he has won the TMF Jumper Series, which was exciting! He's great in the jumpers, but the hunters are his thing! Almost every time he would win the class in the hunter trials, always at the 3'! This past fall we won the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club Master's Class! We jumped a hunt cup fence and a fence line, and never even thought about peeking at a fence. I still can't believe how far he has come. He's taught me so much throughout the years - whether riding bareback without a bridle or jumping around a jumper course. Wherever I go, people are stunned when I tell him he is from the rescue. I am so blessed to have him in my
life and he'll always have a forever home.
Here are pictures of Hannah and Fits. She's a totally different horse! She's doing great, filled out, and jumping around 2'6" in the ring and out on the xc course! These are from a lesson.
Posie (Pocket Full of Posies) is currently number one in the point standings for green pony hunter in Harford Horse
Shows and has won numerous championships. She is also currently 4th and moving up in the standings for large pony hunter. I have included some recent pictures of her. Again, we thank you so much for such a wonderful, once in a lifetime pony.
Also, she was also pictured in this past months Equiery Magazine.
Just wanted to let you know Posie (Pocket Full of Posies) is doing wonderful. My daughter, Cierra, has taken her fox hunting this past winter and she was wonderful. She also took her to the opening show of the Mill Series, and won all her jumping classes. Furthermore, Posie and Cierra were reserve Green Pony Champion at this past weekends Harford Horse Show. Everyone loves Posie and Posie loves everyone as well. She is such a special
pony and I just wanted to thank you again for making our daughters dream come true.
The Hovermill Family and Posie
some great photos of Doc. He
is now being leased by a young student
of the woman who adopted him, Erin.
They were champion in beginner
hunter at their first show together
a few weeks ago. They love
him. Erin is a nice young woman with
a huge heart for rescue.
can't thank you enough for letting me
He is an amazing horse with so much
talent and an even bigger heart.
He is one of the sweetest most
gentle horses I have ever been
around. He has gone from
winning in the jumper ring to being
ridden by a 6 year old in lead line
at the same show. He's just
that smart and level headed.
He is a joy to be around and ride.
are always surprised when I tell
them Conrad is from rescue. He
is a great example of the type of
horse you can get through a Rescue. With time, patience and
love they are all capable of great
has taught me so much about horses
and life. He has truly been a
blessing in my life.
Hope all is well. Just a quick note
to update you on Ferris's progress.
Keeley and Ferris are together all
the time. They have learned so much
together and their hard work as a
team is really starting to shine
through. At the NJ State qualifying
show a few weeks ago they received a
blue and a Danish score of excellent
in the Pleasure Pony class, and
yesterday at another state
qualifying show they received a blue
and a Danish score of excellent in
Pony Hunter Hack. It seems Ferris is
always ready for a ride with Keeley,
but it seems as though he loves the
shows and wants to step it up and
show off in front of the other
horses. We will keep you posted on
their progress and always keep lfhr.
in our thoughts. Thanks for all you
The Titus Family
so happy. He calls now and is the
first one up to greet you in the
pasture. He loves apples and
pears. While on vacation, my
friend Kate rode him. Attached is
a picture of them. Also, I have a
picture of him snoozing in the pasture.
keep in touch!
“(Frosty) Mudpie and I are doing great together. She is just right and fits in perfect around here. We have fun and I’m glad I got her.”
Kelly, here are a couple of pics of
Keegan. He is doing great!!
that fall is here, it seems he
likes to be out on the trails with a
few of his friends riding together.
It was good to see you at the horse
“Hi Kelly, here’s a photo of Boomer (Champ)….He and Nikki have become joined at the hip! The cutest thing is that Boomer loves her so much he actually puts his head and neck around her for a hugs. Thank you again for such a wonderful horse! I’m sure he’ll be a part of our family for the rest of his life.”
Barbara and Nichole Baker
…(Darling Delilah) is doing great! The girls joined U.S.P.C. and Stephanie, my youngest, took her to the games rally where they placed second in Horse Management with a third place win overall. Delilah seems to love games and did great. Katie, the oldest, is taking her to the jumping rally I’m sure she will do great again. DeeDee (as we’ve come to call her, for Darling Delilah) loves to jump, especially cross country. She is a very well-rounded pony and we still could not be happier with her. Thank you for bringing such a beloved member of our family to us. We can’t imagine being without her!”
Adopting Delilah was the best
decision we could have made. We
adopted her to give my oldest
daughter Katie an immediate mount,
knowing she would have to work
with her, and one that my youngest
Stephanie could "grow" in to. To
our delight the amount of "work"
she needed was more of the love
and attention type with consistant
work and they were both able to
start showing her almost
immediately. In 2002 we started
out with low key shows where she
finished the year as the
2002 Mini-Short Stirrup Champion
with my youngest and 2002 Reserve
Champion Hunter with my oldest. In
2003 we joined United States Pony
Club and Steph and Delilah proved
to be a great games team winning
3rd place games and 2nd place
horse management. The following
year Steph and Delilah earned
their Short Stirrup Blue Merit and
won the 2004 H.H.S.A. Short
Stirrup Perpetual Trophy. So far
this year Stephanie and Delilah
have been Long Stirrup Champion,
have earned their Blue Merit, and
qualified for the 2005 Long
Stirrup Medal. Katie and Delilah
have been Modified Hunter Reserve
Champion and are competing on the
John Carroll Equestrian Team and
have earned their Varsity Letter.
I can't say enough how much
Delilah means to us and how
thankful we are to have her.
Just thought I'd share the good
news. Stephanie and Delilah won the
HHSA Short Stirrup Perpetual Trophy
for 2004. What an awesome job they
did!! Thanks again.
Delilah and the girls are
having another great year. Stephanie and
Delilah were Short Stirrup Reserve
Champions at the most recent H.H.S.A.
horse show. Katie has done a fantastic
job working with the two of them. Now
that Steph has Blue Merited, it will be
Katie's turn to be able to show more. I
look forward to the day when we have the
space of our own or the resources to be
able to adopt another.
“I hope all is well at
the Rescue. Abe and I are doing great! He has come a LONG way this year. He has just blossomed in his training and is a completely different horse under saddle now. My trainers love him…He has done wonderfully showing this year… We’ve worked very hard to where we are today. Abe (a.k.a., Mr. Lincoln) is one of the best things to ever happen to me!”
I just wanted to send these digital
pics of Abe jumping Prelim fences!
We went schooling at Frying Pan Park
two weeks ago, and he was jumping
all of the Prelim stuff.
We've been doing recognized events
all summer. He did Novice at
the beginning of the summer, and now
he's doing Training level.
He's done two so far. He's
schooling Prelim stuff on the side.
The goal is to have him competing at
Prelim by the middle of next season.
We'll see how it goes.
He loves to jump, and he has scope
to spare. He looks great.
Hope all is well!
“…As you can hopefully see from the attached photos, (Orchid) continues to be a knockout. She has a ‘catch-your-breath head and face with a gorgeous neck…Her trail skills last year earned her a blue ribbon, something I thought I’d never see with her…I very much believe in what you are doing and would like to help.”
Lee Smith Osina
|"Just an update on the beautiful Gabby! We just had medal finals today and she was awesome! She toted my butt around and we (mainly her) got a fourth. This is her second year of horse showing and we have been doing the Jr. and Green hunters, which she has been amazing at. She is such a wonderful horse! She jumps everything and has a great lead change. She can just go around the hunter hack classes on the buckle!"
"My name is Amy Wheeler,
and I adopted "Calvin" (a.k.a. Black &
Gold) a while ago, and would like to
give you an update. Cal's doing sooo
well! He's my buddy! When I'm sad, all I
have to do is go out to the barn and
ride, and he cheers me up with his silly
games and hilarious personality. He's
very happy at his new home, WestWynd
Farms, and I'm pretty sure he's happy
with his owner! :-)
Thank you so much."
From: "Elisabeth Mering"
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2004
Hi Ms. Kelly,
Player (Double Jeff) horse
showed last weekend and I got pictures
back so I thought I would send you one.
:) He was very good!! :) but anyway :)
hope you like the picture!! :)
Hi Kelly, Thank you SO
MUCH for letting me adopt Admiral! He is
such a treasure. Already we know he is
sweet, kind, mellow and gentle. He was a
dream to trailer. When we got to Linda's
farm (which, by the way, she has named
"Leap of Faith Farm"), he walked off the
trailer with no problem. And this was in
the dark, in an unfamiliar place and
with big gusts of wind. And a crowd of
new friends waiting to meet him!
He calmly walked back to
the barn and pasture area. We let him
out in the pasture with another horse of
Linda's named Dexter. Dexter gets along
with everyone, and apparently, so does
Admiral. We thought Dexter could help
Admiral settle in and feel at home. They
sniffed noses, then Admiral walked
around the pasture and checked things
out. He looked at the barn and stalls,
the run-in shelter, the trees, the water
troughs, and then came to say hello to
everyone. He is so adorable and
friendly! He then at some grain and
looked happy as a lark.
I cannot tell you how
much he is mending my heart from the
loss of my beloved mare, Barbie. I think
Barbie would approve of Admiral and of
my adopting him. I have many people who
want to see Admiral in person or by
photo. My 20-month-old baby will love
him, and I believe the feeling will be
returned by Admiral.
We met your husband,
who was kind enough to help us out. And
one of your sons, who was so cute, said
to me, "I don't think Admiral likes it
when you say he's adorable. He'd rather
you say he's big and strong. And I think
you should call him Big John or
something like that." Kids are so
perceptive, aren't they?
Anyway, though Big
John is a good suggestion, we're going
to keep the name Admiral, as he really
acts like one. Calm and confident. And
wise. What a life he's led!
So, thank you again,
Kelly. Sorry we missed meeting you
today. Perhaps another time. In fact,
both Linda, the girls and I loved all
the horses, especially Onyx. Linda took
one look at her and said, "This horse
needs me." So when after Onyx delivers
her baby and becomes ready for adoption,
you may have a new mom again in Linda.
We will send you
photos of Admiral in his new home and
with his new mom and family and friends.
And of course we'll keep you updated.
Thank you, Kelly. And god bless you and
I thought you would like
an update on Penn. He is doing great. We
ride him and love him! He is the
sweetest horse. New Bolton saved him,
and Bobbi Mendenhall nursed him back to
this beautiful state of health. Thanks.
This is Becky. My mom and I just
wanted to let you know that CJ is
doing GREAT!!! He and Dandy are still the best
best of friends.
CJ and I entered our first show 2
weeks ago and we did awesome.
Considering that it was my and i am
thinking his first show as well. We
got 2nd and 3rd in two of our jumping
classes out of 15 other horses in both
classes. We then stayed to watch
Dandy's last class and CJ fell fast
asleep under the tree next to the
ring. He was sooooo tired. We got
back to the barn and he had dinner and
then went right to sleep in the corner
of his stall where he always sleeps.
Megan's mom got some pictures of CJ
and me warming up for the jumping
classes. We will get doubles and send
some to you. He is becoming a very
nice jumper. In the lessons we were
testing to see just how high I could
show him over fences. We found he can
jump 3ft easily. We might show him in
a 3 ft fence class as soon as we find
one. He is a great jumper.
Thanks soooo much for letting me
take him home to love him forever. ~Becky~
So far we love
Sara Lee ("Angel Wings"). She came
three days before my birthday, so if
things continue to go well, she will
wind up being my birthday gift to
myself! "Belle" is also happy, loved
and doing well in our "happy little
program." Could you possibly send me
a picture of Justice. I have never
seen him. And all the kids (and me
also) always wonder about him when I
tell them "Belle's" story. A huge
thank you if you could and a bigger
than you for a ll the wonderful work
you and Tracy do!
P.S. The pains on
Sara Lee are water washable and
please note we only use a blue
saddle pad on "Belle" to match her
Confetti - Slaughter rescue
First Place - Novice D
Dorie - Slaughter rescue
he goes, LJ is a superstar and a
sweetheart. After he found a home with
me at Tranquillity Manor Farm in
Maryland, we campaigned the local shows,
where we won plenty of blue in both the
hunter and equitation divisions. We
also made it to Pony Club Nationals for
Show Jumping, where our team took the
championship. LJ has come
with me to Duke, and has given many
riders in our home Intercollegiate Horse
Show Association show a ride to first
place. He also makes an annual trip to
the Duke quad, for which he was featured
with a full page spread in the yearbook.
He's famous campus-wide!
Beyond his many adventures, the best
thing about LJ is his big heart, which
has stolen mine. He loves to nuzzle
puppies and little girls, and is always
looking for ways to be playful. He'll
jump the moon andback while barely
breaking a sweat, or wander down to the
river to splash around on a long rein,
bareback. I couldn't have asked for a
better horse or friend.
the Full Story - click here
Squall Watch &
- August 8, 2004
Equestrian Center, Coopersburg, PA,
riding Training Level Test 3.
Kelly -- Here are two photos of
Squiggy from the LVDA Spring Fields
Schooling Show on Sunday that the
There is always some a
good horse can do regardless of any
handicap. I ran into so many people when
I first brought Ms JJ home that told me
she wasn't going to be good for
anything. I even had a Vet tell me to
put her down because she could be
dangerous. Ms JJ has become a good
friend and a blessing, and even when she
being a stinker I still love her dearly
and have a lot of fun. We both have
learned a lot from one another-- I
wouldn't trade her for anything. (Ms. JJ
is totally blind and was rescued from
and Ms JJ
Dear Kelly and Tracy,
Just to let you know, Bear (Chay Robear)
continues to do well at Newcastle Farm.
He is proving to be a sane, reasonable
horse who is a pleasure to deal with and
to ride, and he is a brave little trail
horse who deals exceptionally well with
crossing water, killer deer popping out
of the bushes suddenly, and all those
kinds of things. So, so far things are
going well and I will send a really nice
picture of him with some more details in
a little bit.
Thank you, again, for letting me adopt
Summer Special - Summer, 2005
I thought I'd share
some pictures of Wheatie's first
fox hunt. Thanks to you for
picking him out and Barb's great
training. He was a star. He
galloped quietly along with the
hounds ( I am a Whip) and jumped
the coops without a lead. In fact
the other members of the staff
went around the jumps! As I hope
you can see, he is happy and
enjoying his life. Two members of
the hunt asked where I found such
a wonderful horse. Hopefully, they
will contact you and be as lucky
as I am. Hildy is also doing great
things. My daughter. Carol, is
away at college, but rides when
she can. This summer, Hildy and
Carol will be out and about at the
horse shows with Barb.
I hope you like the