The Storybook Horses are a very special group of friends that give love in a way no human ever could. Here are their stories...
27 years old • 15.1 Hands • Bay Saddlebred
Originally from Kentucky, this outgoing horse competed as an eventer. He excelled at the cross country portion. Now his new job is to carefully carry his little friends around Paddington Station Arena. Although his pace has changed, his vibrant personality has not. Just remember when you visit the farm, all attention should be lavished upon him and him alone! Captain has been a member of Storybook’s equine volunteers since 2005.
16 years old • 13.2 hands • Welsh Cross Horse
After a career in eventing and tea serving, Mrs. Potts came to Storybook Farm from East Georgia. Her cheery disposition has brought a new song to the barn at Storybook. She has a very happy-go-lucky demeanor, and brightens the barn with her singing when she occasionally belts her hit song, "Tale as Old as Time." Her large barrel accommodates riders who have long legs and she can be used for independent riding and for children who have more profound physical challenges.
28 years old • 15.1 Hands • Bay Quarter Horse
Sherlock retired from the show ring and joined Storybook in 2002. He is our oldest horse and to quote Mary Poppins “practically and perfect” in every way! He is very loving, patient, and dependable. He is a true gentleman and a sought after mount. He loves to spend time with the children and is eager to solve the toughest mysteries too!
11 years old • 13.2 hands • Bay Welsh Cross Pony
Friar Tuck left Robin Hood and the band of Merry Men to settle at Storybook Farm in 2007. He is a spunky pony who can jump the moon! His part time job is competing as a cross country pony, but his true love and full time job is to care for the children at Storybook Farm. Everyone knows he is very special … he even has one blue eye and one brown eye!
17 years old • 10 hands • Chocolate Brown Shetland Pony
Tom Sawyer is our smallest pony, but he has a big personality, not to mention some big hair! The children love his wild mane which resembles a lion’s mane! Tom has been a steady companion for our youngest riders since 2001. He was a backyard friend to two small boys in Georgia before moving to Storybook Farm.
10 years old • 13.2 hands • Chestnut Quarter Pony
Corduroy joined Storybook Farm's family of equine volunteers in the fall of 2009. Originally from New Mexico, Corduroy competed in the medium pony hunter jumper division. His competitive nature is still apparent as he loves to win the pole races in Paddington Station Arena. He is a "people" pony who has never met a stranger. He is usually seen with his head hanging over the stall door greeting the children while waiting for a loving pat on the neck. If he was a dog and had a tail, it would always be wagging! His namesake, the beloved children’s teddy bear, will remind you of this sweet pony.
Sponsored by The Tom Dyas Family
11 years old • 15.3 hands • Chestnut Thoroughbred
As a trained medical physician, Dr. John Dolittle lives his life in service to others. He loves the science of medicine, but more importantly he loves his patients. "I would say the most enjoyable aspect of my job is corresponding with my patients. Everything about them intrigues me," said Dr. Dolittle. I suppose it is also important to mention that all of his patients are animals. All different kinds. Big animals. Small animals. Hairy animals. Slimy animals. Aquatic animals. And yes, he can talk to them! We are so happy to have the Doctor as a member of our Storybook Family. We do not know what we would do without him!
Lemuel Gulliver’s Travels
22 years old • 13.2 hands • Paint Pony
Gulliver is a “one in a million” pony. His gentle and smooth walk is very beneficial for riders who have muscular disorders. He has such kind eyes that match his kind heart. It was a terrific day in 2003 when he made Storybook Farm his home. We all love Gulliver!
11 years old • 15.2 hands • Bay Quarter Horse
There is no one like Baloo! Always eager for affection and treats, Baloo exudes personality. It is almost as though he is smiling (or laughing at you) with a twinkle in his eye! His broad short back makes riders feel as though they are atop a mountain. Baloo danced his way to Storybook in 2007.
20 years old • 14.2 hands • Bay Connemara Pony
After he heroically saved the princess Bee, Seymore decided it was time to find new adventures. He began searching, and after a long journey from North Alabama, through forests, cities, lakes and fields, Seymore finally arrived at Storybook Farm in 2010. After only one day at the farm, Seymore knew he was at home. His big stride was obvious, but we learned that it only matched his big heart. His protective nature makes his riders feel at ease, and because of his big stride he is a horse of champions.
Jack and the Beanstalk
22 years old • 16.2 Hands • Thoroughbred
After his near-death encounter with the giant, Jack descended the beanstalk and found himself at Storybook Farm in 2011. Instead of bringing the golden coins and magical harp that he stole from the giant, Jack brought his friendly demeanor and easy-going spirit to assit the riders he encounters. Originally from Auburn, Jack is excited to start his first full semester of riding sessions, and cannot wait to meet the wonderful kids who he will be helping!
7 years old • 7 hands • Bay Miniature Horse
When Tinker Bell heard that Captain Hook had left his pirating ways and joined up with the crew at Storybook Farm, she was intrigued. What kind of place could change a person like him? She fluttered to visit one day in 2008 and never left. She had found a place full of hope and love – a home custom made for her! She is our only mare, the youngest and smallest resident. She is a wonderful companion to those who cannot ride due to medical conditions.
11 years old • 15 hands • Chestnut Paint
Being America's first female superstar is exhausting. That’s why Annie Oakley has decided to retire at one of the most relaxing places there is - Storybook Farm.
I know what you are thinking. A farm? Relaxing? Well, although it isn't a physically relaxing place, due to all of the farm chores Annie helps with, it is a place where her soul is peaceful and at rest. After a demanding career as a sharpshooter and exhibition shooter, Annie has learned to enjoy a slower-paced lifestyle.
Her favorite part about the farm is the families she encounters each day. She loves to hear their stories of tragedy and triumph, perseverance and strength. But most of all she loves being a part of God's masterful ministry of mercy, service and love.
Sponsored by Emily Wright
19 years old • 16.2 hands • Bay Quarter Horse
Known best as Sherlock Holmes' trusty side kick, Dr. John Watson is a smart, innovative, trustworthy horse that we are lucky to have! After a long career in London assisting Holmes in any and every venture, the Doctor has decided to retire early to one of his favorite places on earth - Storybook Farm! His tall stature and strength make him a perfect helper on the Farm. When he is not collecting clues or helping those in need, he is found playing with the children. He loves them very much and is so thankful he is able to retire in a place filled with so much love and fun!
15 years old • 15 hands • Solid Paint
After being tipped off by his trusty friend, Scout, Boo Radley decided to make the haul down to Storybook Farm and see what all the hullabaloo was about! From the moment he stepped on to the Farm, Boo showed us just what a sweet and soulful friend he is. Whether he is surrounded by his beloved riders and volunteers or enjoying a peaceful afternoon grazing in the field, it is clear that Boo Radley is here to stay. What's his favorite activity you ask - That's easy! When Boo Radley steps out into "Paddington Station Arena," he really comes out of his shell with the help and affection of his amazing riders. His easy stride and calm demeanor make him the perfect - and on of the most sought after - horses around the Farm. Boo Radley is excited to partner up with riders now and in sessions to come!