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Our small herd of horses has a strong bond. They love running together through our pastures and enjoying the wonderful mountain weather.
Our boys, Brando and Ketch patiently wait for carrots from our guests from the comfort of their luxurious barn stalls.
Our pretty pony, Dottie, loves kisses. Come see her prance around the round pen. She loves visitors!
Gypsy is a young charmer who loves to play. She’s a beauty and she knows it!
Leo loves jumping the obstacles in the Herding Pen. Bring your group for RingLeader Coaching and see our beautiful horses in action.
Donkey Hodie is the protector of the herd but deep down he's a big old softy. He loves being loved and you can often hear him calling for treats from his stall in the Barn.
"Oh that's the spot!" Londo is our most recent addition and is a beloved figure on our Instagram page. Follow BlueStarRanchNC to keep up with the latest happenings around the Ranch.
Our Ranch Manager, Ali Smallpage, has selected a herd of beautiful animals that are full of personality and willing to engage with people of all ages and skill levels. We have highly trained jumpers, a tiny pony, and a young filly who is just learning to share affection with her human handlers. Donkey Hodie serves as protector of the herd, and Brando is the clear herd leader. Our three geldings, Leo, Londo, and Brando, are an inseparable trio that we’ve dubbed “The Three Amigos.” All of our animals are eager to please and happy to run the herding pen and work the round pen. They’re excellent, compassionate companions. Welcome home, Little Herd!
Brando is a registered 8-year-old Trekhener, a German warmblood breed, with a big, generous heart. He loves to play with people, horses, donkeys, and ponies…. And, he performs to perfection when it’s time to go under saddle or compete in eventing. He loves to run and jump. He’s a perfect gentleman and Trish’s favorite mount. Clients love his sleek good looks and his strong masculine presence. At over 17 hands, Brando makes a big impression.
Dottie is our 16-year-old little pony who charms our visitors with her dainty gait and tiny size (10.2hh). She’s a willing partner in the ring, a sensitive mare who mirrors clients’ emotional states. If you’re lucky you will even get to see her smile. Dottie is Hodie’s companion.
Gypsy is our 3-year-old filly, a young charmer who loves to play. She’s a beauty and she knows it! We call her, “Pretty Girl,” and she is Londo’s favorite. She charms all the boys, including Carl. It’s a challenge to keep her white mane and feathers in show condition, but we’re getting skilled at our braiding! Gypsy is learning by leaps and bounds and will someday be a 15-hand mare. We’re looking forward to cart training her, to honor her breeding as a Gypsy Vanner.
Donkey Hodie is our herd protector. He’s a beauty with a soft black coat and an expressive personality. Just walk past the treat bin and hear him talk to you! He’s happy with a pat on the head, a half apple, and lots of company.
What’s the Ketch, or Ketch for short, is an 12-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred. Ann, our equine manager, bought him in the fall of 2012, and they have formed a beautiful partnership over the years. Ketch absolutely loves to jump, has a need for speed, and is a complete sweetheart in the barn. He brings muscular strength and a cheerful nature to the round pen when he works with our visitors.
Leo is an 12 year old Irish Sport Horse/Paint cross gelding and our solid, steady, gentle companion. He’s good-hearted, strong, and eager to please. Leo loves to work in the ring with our coaching clients! He is patient and a willing recipient of lots of hugs. Not as large as Brando, Leo stands at 16 hands and is as sweet at they come.
Londo is a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood Thoroughbred cross with a white mane and black tail (16.1hh). His sire is the late, great Art Deco. Londo has a “puppy dog” personality, meaning he loves following you around and having his withers scratched. Londo is our newest addition and joins Blue Star Ranch already having worked as a therapy horse in Florida.
Londo is named after South Africa’s Londolozi, a game preserve and safari adventure destination whose name means, “Protector of All Living Things.” The Rings traveled to Londolozi and returned to the states with a dream of making their own protected land, and animals, a reality.
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