“W” – “Z” Horses
FORMAL AFFAIR (“WILLY”) is a chestnut Dutch Warmblood. He stands 16.3 hands. Born in 1987, he held a very active career in upper level dressage, competing in First Level through Prix St. George, becoming Region Two Regional Champion. He helped his owner win bronze and silver medals in the junior young rider division. As a five-year-old, Willy won at Dressage at Devon in the young horse classes. In 1998 he and his partner were team captain for Region 2 of the North American Junior Young Riders Silver Medal Team. Willy retired to Ryerss in January 2005 and spends his days in the pasture with his friend Toby and other Ryerss residents.
MAXIMUS, known informally as “WINSTON,” arrived at Ryerss on August 30, 2010. He is a 16.1 hand bay Thoroughbred. Due to pinched nerves in his back he could no longer be ridden. His former owner rescued him when he was ten. Winston was shown as a Junior Hunter and Jumper and was very successful in the show ring. Since coming to Ryerss, he has formed a close bond with herd mate Butkus.
WOLVERINE is a 16-hand bay Thoroughbred. Born in 1983, Wolverine was a racehorse, winning 25 races during his six-year career. When he was around four years old, Wolverine fractured his sesamoids (ankle injury), which usually ends a racing career. But nearly two years later, he returned to the racing world with a vengeance. Wolverine won 11 of his last 12 starts as a six and seven year old. After retiring from racing, Wolverine was a stable pony and babysitter to young Thoroughbreds until he retired to Ryerss in June 2005. He can still be found racing through the fields at Ryerss or just grazing in the pasture
WOODY, a gelding dark bay Welsh Pony cross, arrived at Ryerss Farm in February, 2014, at the age of twenty. He had a successful career as a show horse. Many people commented that he “danced” when he showed because his step was precise and he held himself so well. He was ridden by his former owner’s young daughter who loved riding him because he always took care of her in the ring. Woody is very friendly and has a wonderful disposition. He now lives with the upper barn herd and has made friends there with the other Ryerss residents.
ZACK is a Chestnut Quarter Horse who stands 16 hh. He arrived to begin his life as part of the retired herd at Ryerss Farm on Monday, June 29, 2015. Zack is in his late 20’s and spent much of his earlier life as a fox hunter and trail riding horse. He also competed in local shows. Zack is a beautiful horse who also has a very sweet and friendly disposition and loves to be groomed. Once he gets settled in, he is sure to become a popular member of the herd with both visitors and volunteers at the farm.
ZAIRE is an elegant 16 h bay thoroughbred who retired to Ryerss on March 16, 2016. His former owner bought him in 2004 at age 11 from a gentleman who was interested in basic dressage. She worked with him in basic dressage for a year or so, entering him in OVCTA shows, where he earned several ribbons. After having heart surgery in 2006, she decided to return to trail riding, which they both loved and had many trails to follow in Chester Springs from their farm and also various trips to other areas. They always rode with Moses, a Tennessee Walker who was a good friend. In the words of his former owner, “Zaire was and always will be a special horse and I look forward to visiting as long as we live. I have given up riding now but they were the best years of my life. (I hope to have Moses join him in the future)”.