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Danbury Park - Horse Profiles
Here's some information and background on the horses at Danbury Park our students are able to ride. As you can see, we have horses to suit all ages and skill levels, and they all have their own personality!
Formerly a force to reckon with in the show jumping arena, this gorgeous 15.1hh chestnut thoroughbred has transitioned into becoming one of Danbury Park's most popular horses. Gentle, well-disciplined and eager to please, Glen is loved by riders of all ages and experience levels. Being so receptive to instruction, Glen allows riders to really focus on their position and technique. One of Glen's claims to fame is that he was used to teach the stars of the children's television series, The Saddle Club. Before being a Schoolmaster at Danbury Park, Glen competed very successfully under the name 'Solero' in EFA Show Jumping, Dressage & Eventing as well as Pony Club & Interschool competitions. He also spent a few winters out fox hunting with both the Melbourne & Findon Hunt Club.
Cooper, who is Thoroughbred X Welsh Mountain, is a 14.3hh former Show Hunter Galloway and a place-winner at the Royal Melbourne Show. He competed under the name 'Cheraton Moonwalker', winning the prestigious title of Western Port Dressage Club Horse of the Year in 2005. He has also accrued many championship wins in EFA Dressage, Pony Club, Interschool competitions as well as many Agricultural Show Championships.. An attractive and confident chestnut with a white blaze and socks, Cooper is as lovely to look at as he is to ride (which he definitely knows). Like Glen, Cooper is particularly good to ride if you wish to concentrate on your position or technique. Being half pony, Cooper has a slightly cheeky personality, and although he's a great athlete, he is certainly very food-oriented, so it's important never to forget his treat!
Manny is Danbury Park's resident celebrity. A former prize-winning race horse known as Mantova, this 17hh bay thoroughbred has legs of supermodel length and a canter that is one of the smoothest you're ever bound to experience. Despite his height and champion speed on the track in the days of old, there is nothing to fear about Manny: he is utterly charming and very relaxed, labelled by the Danbury Park staff as 'the strong, silent type'. Manny starred in the television show 'Creature Features' filmed at Danbury Park during one of our Horse Lovers Day programmes in 2004, which is often repeated on the ABC. He was also featured in an article in the Saddle Club Magazine.
Her official name being Habafield Spritely Lass, Sprite is a 14hh bay New Forest Pony. Despite being a mother of two, she still manages to clear jumps of up to 1.1 metres with lots of energy and pizzazz. The favourite of many, Sprite is best suited to the more intermediate and experienced young riders, especially those who are keen to learn show jumping or improve their existing show jumping skills. Sprite has been extremely well trained & placed well at Agricultural Shows along with Pony Club experience, and is frequently ridden after-hours by Danbury Park's junior instructors. But it's not only the riders who love Sprite - she's captured the hearts of many of our geldings, as well!
Although not as tall as Manny, standing at 16.2hh hands, Connor is the gentle giant of the Danbury Park horses. His Percheron X Australian Stock Horse breeding has given him his strong, muscular body, which is ideal for carrying slightly heavier riders (although pint-sized kids are just as comfortable on him). Connor is one of three horses at Danbury Park on which riders can develop and improve their show jumping skills, and for this reason is in quite high demand, although he remains humble. Like Manny, Connor has dabbled in film and television, and starred in the short film "Gone to Earth" in 2007, some of which was shot at Danbury Park.
Crackers also known as Kaeandar Chocolate Crackle is a gorgeous little appaloosa gelding pony, he stands 13.2hh has a very sweet nature, a talent for jumpng and a love of games! Born on the peninsula he has been a favourite pony for many young children. Being one an older pony Crackers has had many many years teaching children how to ride, keeping them safe and developing thier confidence. Crackers loves his treats, be careful not to make too many rustling noices in the grandstand while lessons are on ....he will try and get an early snack if he can get away with it.
Patch is our adorable little miniture pony, standing at only 8.2hh Patch is broken to saddle as wel as harness, he has had years of pony club experience with a keen little jump both on and off the lead line.
Cassie is a pinto skewbald x arab mare, standing at 13.3hh. Although Cassie is one of our more forward ponies she is very quite with a very sweet pleasing nature. Like most of the other ponies here at Danbury Park Cassie has had many years of pony club experience, loves games, jumping, playing in the dam and bareback riding.
Owendale Rajah, our 12.3 hh section B welsh pony is fairly new to Danbury Park. Raj is well known around the peninsula pony clubs, also a success in the show ring! Raj's favourite disipline is the cross country he will happily carry young children around a course at whichever speed you set him at. With a keen safe jump he is an excellent confidence booster. Raj also loves water!!!!! he will gladly take you in the dam for a splash or even if your keen he will take you swimming including jumping of his back!