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.


Chip is a Quarter Horse who has helped many people in Clark County learn to ride. 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. Chip is a willing and funny gelding who has lots of personality.  Come and say "hi" to him at the ranch! 







Pepper is a twenty-four year-old grey Quarter Horse gelding who 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.







Rocky Top Notch (“Rocky”) is a fifteen-year-old Pony of the Americas who has semi-retired from the show ring having achieved Supreme Champion status in his breed with his Registry of Merits in all three categories of Halter, Performance, and Timed Events. 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 riding the trails with his owner and teaching riders at Silver Buckle.


Lucky = our newest program horse who is all black with white socks.


Stay tuned for his biography coming to this location



Buttons, also known by her registered name “Silver Lady,” is a sixteen-year-old Shetland cross. 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. Buttons was donated to Silver Buckle Ranch in 2009 and takes the cake at our birthday parties!  

“Silver Buckle continues to be a place where youth learn respect, not just for others but self-respect as well. It is a place where they can build their self esteem. It is where youth can leave life behind; a respite, leaving behind pressure, stress, worries, fears, and frustrations. It’s a clean slate; a place to start over. Silver Buckle provides a place where the youth learn responsibility and with that comes a sense of pride. I’ve seen the youth come and learn how to work together; proving to themselves, in fact that they have what it takes to thrive in the world. They take that back home with them, that positive self worth. Silver Buckle is like a search light, shining on the youth, presenting life and saying you CAN do this. That is what Silver Buckle provides.”
— Buzz Willard, Community Support Specialist, Catholic Community Services