SBR Tinsel, now named Demi, was adopted in 2018 by Brianna McCormick and resides in Pennsylvania. Originally adopted by Brianna to do trail riding and some slight gaming, an injury on another horse caused Brianna to be unable to ride. Luckily Brianna’s son Billy took over the reins and now together he and Demi ride in Gymkhanas, are learning how to work cattle and even won some jackpots in barrel racing. Demi loves “Everything Western” and has certainly won the hearts of her humans!
SBR Sinatra was adopted by Amy Jean Bergeron in November of 2017 and has been living in New Hampshire ever since! In Amy’s words: “A year and a half after my heart was broken over losing my beloved Saddlebred, Vinnie Van Gogh, at only 11 years old (and only 6 months after I got him) I intended to get another pinto Saddlebred foal when I happened to google Saddlebred and Rescue, and there he was! SBR Sinatra looked similar to my Vinnie and of course caught my eye! In a very short time he was loaded up and heading to New Hampshire with me to join his new brother, my Oldenburg Apollo. I love my Apollo, but before finding Sinatra, life was less without a Saddlebred. Sinatra has qualities I love about the breed. Versatile, kind, athletic and game to do anything! That’s in addition to doing everything with style! He’s a sensitive horse and with time we’ve found the tack he approves of and have finally, with the help of my dressage instructor, a wonderful relaxed canter. Our partnership gets stronger everyday. We put in trail miles both solo or in company. Trail riding, and especially a good run, is by far his favorite thing. I will be forever grateful that Saddlebred Rescue let me take this beautiful boy home. We needed each other.
SBR Jimmy Kimmel was a rescue that came into Saddlebred Rescue and was having a really hard time being adopted. He didn’t really canter and he didn’t wear a full bridle very well. He was struggling to find a forever home so Nealia decided to adopt him herself and use him in her lesson program. During this time, our very own Lorna had come to Nealia wanting to compete at the Academy National Finals in Tennessee and needed a horse to show. North Wind Stables took her and Jimmy to the finals where they won both in equitation and pleasure and Lorna fell in love! After their win at the Academy Nationals, Nealia had promised that if she ever wasn’t able to use Jimmy in her program, that she would let Lorna adopt him. Lorna, of course, was in love with Jimmy after riding him in Tennessee and when she showed up at Saddlebred Rescue looking to adopt a horse to keep at home, it was an easy decision of who to adopt! Jimmy was a birthday present for Lorna and from that day on, he has been loving life in New York where Lorna rides him, loves on him, and he just gets to hand out in the pasture with her other horse! Life sure is sweet for Jimmy!
SBR Spicy, now known as Ember, was adopted in early August, 2022. Her mom, Linda writes that “even though we had 2 retired mares living with us, we decided to board her at a nearby Morgan/Saddlebred stable so I could take lessons and have the use of an indoor arena for the winter. Sadly, only 2 months later, our oldest mare passed away unexpectedly and we needed to bring Ember home to be a companion for our other mare, Juliet. I was still able to take lessons on her at home until December until the ground got too hard and the weather too cold. I am looking forward to getting back to riding with the nicer weather. I ride her hunt seat and she really enjoys going over poles. She is such a wonderful horse and we can’t thank Saddlebred Rescue enough for saving her and allowing us to adopt her. Hopefully there will be another SBR horse in our future!”
According to his mom, Rebecca, SBR Snorty Smith was adopted in March of 2013 and took a big trailer ride to Stanley, Wisconsin. He lives on a Dairy Farm. He spends his time under saddle out on the trails as we take in lots of scenery around Wisconsin. We haul out for day rides and also do overnight camping trips to keep us entertained. He has become brave at our adventures together with lots of patience and repetition. Around home we go out for rides around the farm and also herd heifers up to the pens for vet work and vaccinations. He spends his days out in the pasture with his best bud “Steed” and in his stall over night or if mom feels it’s not nice out he also gets to stay in.
On May 10, 2023 it was 3 years since SBR Cognac arrived at his forever home in Louisville, KY. He is absolutely loved beyond words and enjoys spending his days being spoiled by his people, which he totally deserves! He taught his new human’s daughter and many other kids so so much as an Academy lesson horse. He has a spirit and spunk about him and that, they say is what they adore! You’d never know that he turned 20 this year!