Norwegian Fjord gelding, came to us from Galena, IL in 2004. He will eat anything and can be mischievous.
Spotted Tennessee Walker/Mustang cross-mare was donated with Twister in March of 2003. She is Twister’s ½ sister.
Quarter Horse gelding, is owned by Traci Leigh, our Equine Manager. He started in the program during the summer of 2004 with his buddy Bear. Napping and running are his favorite activities.
Belgian/Quarter Horse cross-gelding found his forever home with us on March 6, 2011. He loves our wonderful Rehab Tech Coordinator, Meghan!
A Haflinger gelding found his way into our hearts in 2017. This goofy guy is definitely our local equine comedian!
Copenhagen found a forever home at Dream Riders in 2015. He LOVES his hay and is our gentle giant.
Niko came here in the fall of 2018 and warmed our hearts with his funny antics and kind disposition. He enjoys a nice game of halter tag.
a Quarter Horse gelding was one of our original therapy horses and worked for us when we started out in 2002 at a small farm in Barrington. He was 1 of 4 horses and we had probably 6 kids a week for sessions at that time. Shortly after the program moved to Crystal Lake in2003, he developed a severe case of arthritis in his left front knee and had to be retired. Although he wasn’t able to work, Chester would follow us all over the property and would hang out with the kids. He passed away on March 13, 2006. What a good boy.
a Paint mare, made her way to our facility from Iowa in September of 2007. She was owned by one of our staff members, Ryan. A great trail horse and an even better lesson horse, she was very eager to listen to her riders’ cues. Unfortunately her short stay with us ended in a severe case of colic and we rushed her to the hospital in hopes to save her life. She passed away on May 18, 2010.
a Percheron gelding found his home with us in the spring of 2006. He was emaciated and looked like he had seen better days. We took him in and gave him some good feed and hay. In no time at all he was fat and happy. Quickly he learned how to work with our kids and became a wonderful and much loved therapy horse. Jake was so calm and willing and we just adored him. Jake passed away peacefully on January 1, 2011.
After retiring from the race track and a brief hiatus as a show horse , Charlie arrived at our farm in the spring of 2011 and was Jackie Bodner’s best friend. He quickly adapted to the life of a therapy horse and was one of the kids’ favorites. He had a prestigious ancestry and came from a famous lineage of race horses which includes Native Dancer, Citation and Bold Ruler. Charlie passed on April 14, 2014. He was only 19 years old.
Bear was owned by Traci Leigh and passed on December 26th, 2013. He was 30 years old. He was one of the first therapy horses at the facility and has been involved in many success stories. Children would be able to climb all over and under him and he would not bat an eye. Bear is missed by all.
Svala was a survivor. A few years ago, we took her to the University of Madison, WI large animal facility for testing as she became severely ill. They diagnosed her with congestive heart failure and COPD. They gave her 6-9 months to live. With medicine and the wonderful care the MCCD/Dream Riders staff had given, she remained with us for 6 years! Continuing to do her work as a phenomenal therapy horse for our children who loved and called her “the little white unicorn who had no horn”. Sadly Svala succumbed to her illness and passed away on September 9, 2014.
a Holstein gelding, was owned by Cindy Woodcock and came to us in May of 2010. He traveled all over the country and had a long career in show jumping. We were very happy he found his home with us when he retired the show circuit. His calm attitude and broad back carried many riders with success stories in our program. The children loved him and still ask about that good horse, Moses. R.I.P. May 18, 1991 to October 23, 2014
Quarter Horse mare was a donation from a farm in Itasca. Born on May 24, 1985, she is the oldest horse in our program and all the children adore her. With a very heavy heart, we had to say goodbye to our beloved horse, Kelly as she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on May 21, 2018. She was the matriarch of our herd and passed away at the ripe old age of 33 years. Kelly helped build the foundation of our programs when we opened in Crystal Lake in 2003. She carried our Dream Riders all the way into her retirement last year. You will be missed, Kelly Girl.
Thoroughbred gelding was owned by our Arena Director, Dana Eyles. He started as a therapy horse in 2006 and loved to dream while sleeping in his stall! He will be missed!