Captain America is an 11 year old Gypsy Vanner Horse that was purchased from Kentucky with the generous Sanford’s Legends for Kids grant. He is used in both Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy and his sturdy 13 hand build makes him extremely adaptable to many different sized riders.
A HUGE thank you to our friends at the Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union for sponsoring Captain America for the year 2019!
Diesel is one of our “huskier” quarter horses. His bulky 16.2 hands have been a huge asset to our Therapeutic Riding program for our bigger riders. He is currently leased to HorsePower by Sarah Newell, who is also a regular volunteer out here at HorsePower! We are so happy to have Diesel!
Doc Hudson is definitely one of a kind!! Doc is another 16 hand gelding who has really adapted well to our program and is suitable for a variety of riders. He isn’t in a hurry to go anywhere and enjoys his naps. He is owned by our instructor, Shelly Bartels. We love him here!
Legend is an American Paint Horse who is owned by our Program Coordinator, Jocelyn Doan. He is a big, loveable sweetheart that everyone falls in love with. His silly antics keep everyone smiling at HorsePower!
Huge thank you to Joette Everist for sponsoring Legend!
Peggy Sue is our very own little ray of sunshine! She is small enough to be considered a pony and her delicate features make her a perfect Hippotherapy pony for smaller riders. She is patient and loving to everyone she meets! Peggy Sue was donated to HorsePower, and we couldn't be more thankful to have her.
Huge thank you to Marianne La Nasa for sponsoring Peggy Sue!
Phoebe is a Norwegian Fjord horse. She is built to easily carry riders – both adult and children. Her sassy head carriage makes her especially fun for our advanced riders. She is leased to HorsePower by Marilyn.
Phoebe generously sponsored by the Lloyd-Huber and Thorkelson Families
Rusty is a very responsive horse, making him a great mount for our more independent riders. His narrow withers make him a great horse for those riders that have difficulty with tight muscles. Rusty is owned by Raechel Malmberg, and loved by all.
Huge thank you to Joette Everist for sponsoring Rusty!
Rosie is a 15 year old that is owned by Ava Bleyenberg and leased to HorsePower. She is currently used in both Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy because she is the perfect size to allow our less flexbile riders the ability to extend their legs across her back and onto her sides. She is also used in Ground Work and Independent Riding with new riders because of her calm, patient demeanor. We are happy to have Rosie on the HorsePower team!
Uno is a dark Palomino gelding and is one of HorsePower's newest recruits! He is currently used in both Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy, and is one of the sweetest boys on the farm. He is owned by our instructor, Shelly Bartels.
Big, big thank you to the Messerschmidt and Tencate Families for sponsoring Uno!
Liberty Bell or "Libby" is one of our newest horses at HorsePower. Like Phoebe, she is a Norwegian Fjord horse. Libby is owned and leased to us by Teri Abel, who is also on our Board of Directors. Libby is finishing up the final touches of getting acquainted and will begin working in our lessons Winter of 2019. Her sweet nature and powerful build make her a great addition to our Therapeutic Riding program.
Huge thank you to the R.E.A.L. Friends for sponsoring Liberty!
Sarsaparilla or "Sassy" for short is HorsePower's first miniature horse! With her small stature and sweet demeanor, she makes a great addition to help out our more shy participants of the ground work program--who may otherwise be a little intimidated by our larger members.
Moon & Sundance
Moon (Left) and Sundance (Right) came to us in December of 2019, making them the newest additions to our team. They're a little camera shy so we've yet to get professional headshots! Moon is the youngest member of our herd and still has a thing or two to learn, but her gentle, kind heart makes her perfect for our program. Sundance is a middle-aged, more seasoned gal who has been through a thing or two and has some fun tricks to show. She will be used a lot to help give her pal Captain America a break. Both of these gals are owned by volunteer, Andrea Koch. We are so glad to have these lovely ladies!
Sponsor A Horse
Many of the remarkable accomplishments of our riders would not be possible without our special equine partners. Sponsor A Horse is a program where you can sponsor one of HorsePower's therapeutic horses. With a sponsor's donation of $1000 you will be the exclusive sponsor of your chosen horse for one year. This will help provide feed, bedding, and routine dental and veterinary care. Your name (or the name of a loved one) will be placed outside the horse's stall. You will have the opportunity, by appointment only, to meet and have a photo taken with your horse. A picture of you, your family, or your group will be on our website next to your selected horse. If you follow our FaceBook page, you will be able to see updates on how your horse is impacting lives of our riders.
- You will be the exclusive sponsor of your chosen horse for one year
- Your name (or that of a loved one) will be placed outside the horse's stall
- Your name, including a photo of you, your family, or your group will be posted on our website next to the horse you sponsor
- You will receive a certificate of sponsorship with a photo of your horse
- By appointment only, you will have the opportunity to meet and take a photo with your horse
*This agreement in no way entitles sponsors to ownership and/or exclusive privileges in any way to sponsored horse.*
Supporting the herd helps to provide the necessary funding to keep the wonderful herd happy and healthy. On average, it costs approximately $1000 each year to provide feed and bedding along with dental, veterinary, and hoof care.
- Feed - $25
- This will provide one bag of Triple Crown Senior horse feed. Each bag will last one horse approximately one month.
- Farrier - $45
- This will provide one farrier service to one horse. Each horse requires a farrier visit every 6-8 weeks (6-8 visits a year).
- Veterinary - $125
- This will help provide one of our horses with routine dental and veterinary care. Most horses need dental work once a year and routine vet care, like vaccinations and deworming, twice a year.