Snip aka Dr Evil
Snip aka Dr Evil is a stable star & gentle giant. Standing at 16.2hh, he is a big gelding, school master showjumper who competed to Grand Prix. Snip is a talented and generous horse, and is very much loved by his owner Carolyn.
He has had a vast competing career in both dressage and jumping. He is Carolyn’s dream horse, and she is loving learning how to jump with him! He is the boss of the paddock but very gentle with people, considering his size.
He loves carrots, apples and scratches!
Jack is a lovely grey gelding, and a favourite amongst our riders, especially those progressing with their jumping! Jack is well known in the New Zealand show jumping circuit as Racketeer and he has had a very successful career. Not only is Jack a professional jumper - he also has some very flash moves on the flat. He is on loan to the riding school from his owner Kelly.
Jack is a kind and gentle horse, and his speckled grey coat makes him stand out from the crowd.
Lucky 16.1HH TB Gelding.. We are the the lucky ones. He is a true gentleman schoolmaster, experienced eventer, lovely on the flat and a confidence-booster showjumper.
Lucky is still full of energy and loves going for a good canter
Snooty is our calm, kind all round mount. She is a thoroughbred and stands at approx 15.2hh. Snooty made the journey down from Event Stars in Cambridge and is very happy with her home at the riding school.
Snooty has done a bit of everything - dressage, jumping, eventing and trekking. When she came to the riding school she went in an indoor arena for the first time and never batted an eyelid. She is very accepting of everything we ask of her.
Snooty is much loved by her owner Tania, lease rider Kirsten and is also used in our lesson program.
Likes: Snooty loves trekking and definitely enjoys own space!
Chuckieis a gorgeous big bay thoroughbred, with the best ears on the yard. He came down from Whakatane and has done a great job acclimatising to the Wellington Weather, but loves his warm rugs. Contrary to his breed's reputation, he's a very a relaxed dude, which is one of the reasons we love having him around! He's a great horse to ride for the experienced rider, as he makes them work a bit.
He is also a gentle giant who will happily plod around teaching a beginner how to do rising trot or take out on a trek.
Just be gentle when you tack him up or do up his girth, as he is a bit sensitive. He absolutely LOVES cuddles!!!
Sprite is a beautiful and kind 15.2HH chestnut mare, who is very well loved by her owner Lachie and his mum Jill. Sprite is a thoroughbred cross. Her mother was a very good showjumping mare, and her father is Rocky Arrow a lovely station bred stallion. She has an amazing jump and is a safe and solid trek horse.
Sprite loves being fussed over and getting her tail washed and plaited. We are lucky to have her on the team!
Partee aka Sparkling Repartee is our pretty chestnut mare. Her birthday is on the 15th of June & she stands at 15hh! Partee is true star in every sense of the word. She is a kind, safe horse for beginners and you will often see her in lessons.
In her younger days, she had a successful competitive career including winning the Ohariu Valley Dressage Tri-Series Champion in 2008. She is on loan to the school from her owner Hannah. These days, she is a happy horse to have around the yard and especially loves going out on treks.
Dixon is a beautiful dark bay is one of the biggest smooches on the yard. We love his super fluffy, winter coat. He is ridden by our experienced clients, and loves going really fast over jumps. He is a sensitive horse and needs very clear aids, otherwise he gets a bit confused. But when he knows what you are asking, he is a dream.
He is mainly ridden by our instructor Susan and his lease rider Jo who knows him better than anyone. Dixon has been out to cross country and dressage competitions and always does an amazing job! Dixon loves cuddles and is the most bomb proof horse on a trek. He loves going out on adventures!
A true gentlemen in every sense of the word, Rebel does not live up to his name! A beautiful, black 9yo, 16.1hh gelding he has great breeding. Rebel is by The Gambler out of a thoroughbred mare. Once you know which buttons to use, Rebel has established flatwork with three lovely paces and lateral movements. For the beginner rider he is bombproof to hack; even if he is very very slow. Rebel is incredibly quiet to do anything with. He occasionally loves to jump and has successfully competed at local unregistered show jumping and dressage shows.
Rebel’s favourite human is his owner Janet. We are very lucky that he is also used for lesson and treks. He loves any treats, especially carrots & apples!
Tony the Pony is a 15.1hh bay thoroughbred who is actually a horse! He is 6 years old and every bit as cheeky as a youngster though incredibly gentle. Tony is great to ride both on the flat and over jumps. He has loved exploring the trails around WIRS and has even been to his first show!
He loves carrots but doesn't know what to do with peppermints! He loves Elvis (the dog who lives at WIRS) and getting his nose in every bag that gets left in his reach. He's super cuddly and the kindest horse ever. He isn't the biggest fan of fly spray though!
Pippa aka Pipsqueak is a 15,3 dark bay horse with 4 white socks and a blaze. She is one of the prettiest horses on the yard, and also one of the cuddliest. She loves people and everyone that meets her loves her right back. She is a perfect horse for beginners or advanced riders. She is always up to strutting her stuff with her dressage skills, or happily go explore on treks around the valley. Pippa loves to jump, and has the most amazing ground manners. Hence the nickname Perfect Pippa! If you ever see her on the yard go and give her a pat as she will much appreciate it! Especially if you can find her a minty treat!
Duke aka Grand Duke is our 16hh chestnut thoroughbred gelding. Duke has been with us for just over two years now and is one of the loveliest, beautiful, bold horses on the yard. Duke is a multi-talented 10 year old boy who is a perfect mount for our intermediate riders. He loves to jump and prance around in his flat lessons and thoroughly enjoys his carrots, apples and big red treats. Duke also loves his cuddles or going for adventures up old coach! Duke also loves to go out to the beach or shows where he likes to show his competitive spirit which perfectly reflects his show name!
Be sure to give Duke a big pat when you see him next! Just look for the big chestnut with an interrupted white stripe on his pretty face
Benjamin aka Antaeus aka His Majesty is the patriarch of the yard. Standing at 17hh he is one of the biggest horses but definitely the most gentle. Benjamin had an incredibly successful show career as a dressage star and is now enjoying the quieter life at the riding school, sharing his knowledge with anyone lucky enough to ride him. Benj is very gentle and kind, and can be ridden by anyone. He is unique in his ability to make any rider look amazing because wherever he goes, he carries himself like royalty.
He is the apple of Bels eye, once you meet him, you would agree he is a one in a million horse that we are very lucky to know. He loves any type of food, and sometimes gets hangry! He loves going out for a nice quiet hack.
Kym aka Mind Games is a stunning bay gelding. You will find him in lessons with his lease riders Jacqui& Natasha or teaching intermediate riders the ropes. He has established flatwork and three lovely paces. He is a sensitive horse, but once given the correct aids he is a dream. He has been out to local dressage shoes and out on farm rides too!
He loves his apples & carrots.
Our newest addition to the yard. Teacup is a beautiful 16.2hh thoroughbred gelding with uncommon colouring. Even though he is only 7 years old, he has some experience under his belt and is more than willing to share this with his riders. Teacup is a kind and gentle horse, who is a good jumper with beautiful form. He already has a reputation for being very nosy, and for some reason really enjoys the inside of his ears being scratched! He loves tipping over water buckets and eating Oddfellows.
Not sure about the difference between a horse and a pony?
Horses and ponies are measured in “hands” which equate to 4 inches or 10cm. It!s roughly the width of the palm of an adult hand, hence the term “hands”. The measurement is taken from the bottom of the hoof to the wither.
Ponies measure up to 14.2hh. Horses are anything over this measurement.