Horses That Make It Happen
Silver Buckle staff thoroughly evaluates and assesses all potential program horses. Only a small percentage of applicants meet our high standards of excellence and are accepted into our program. Horses are evaluated on their merits of temperament, soundness, training, and compatibility with the various levels of riders and activities performed. The safety of our students is our highest priority. Our program horses are crucial to the vitality of the ranch and held to a very high standard. In return they are treated and cared for with the upmost regard and respect.
Birth Year: 1991
Breed: Quarter Horse
About: Chip is the oldest horse in the Silver Buckle herd, and has been here longer than most can remember! Chip has been on a Washington State High School Equestrian Team, received awards for participating on a competitive drill team, and spent many years competing at the Clark County Fair. His sweet and easy-going personality has made him a long time favorite at the Ranch.
Birth Year: 1992
Breed: Quarter Horse/Arabian
About: Pepper was donated to Silver Buckle Ranch in 2009. Pepper is a kind and patient teacher and has years of experience under his girth. From lessons to parades and even drill teams, Pepper has just about done it all.
Birth Year: 2000
Breed: Pony of Americas
Color: Bay Varnish Appaloosa
About: Rocky joined the Silver Buckle Herd in 2017 on lease from Peggy Neikirk. Rocky was shown all over the United States and has Regional, World, and International trophies in every event from Halter to Reining to Gaming events and is now enjoying his time teaching young riders at Silver Buckle.
Birth Year: 1999
Breed: Shetland Pony
About: Buttons was donated to Silver Buckle in 2009. Prior to coming to the ranch, Buttons was used in parades, plays, field trips, and taken in classrooms as well as ponied along on trail rides. She loves to be groomed and is a great introductory horse to anyone who is just getting started.
Birth Year: 2001
Breed: American Saddlebred
About: Rosie joined Silver Buckle Ranch in 2019 on lease from Hailey Holding. Rosie has enjoyed a varied career, from the show ring, trails, and most recently as a lesson mount. She is the tallest horse in the herd and can be found spending her days on pasture with her best friend Angel, who happens to be the smallest.
Birth Year: 2005
Breed: Pony of Americas
Color: Chestnut Varnish Appaloosa
About: Angel joined the Silver Buckle herd in 2019 on lease from Peggy Neikirk. Angel is the smallest horse in the herd, with a huge heart. After being shown successfully for many years and participating in trainers challenges, she has found her calling as a children’s lesson horse. We are very excited to have her and her wonderful talents as part of our herd.
*In the event an on-trial horse leaves the program, sponsorship will be transferred to another herd member.