We could not do our job of educating youth without the help of these amazing ponies and horses.
JC: Cherokee Raider
After a successful racing career, Westley came to Lynden in 2015 after a brief career as a sidesaddle & hunt horse. He continues to hunt & go aside, and is also a great lesson & show horse that takes care of beginners and educates advanced students.
Rhett loves to work outside of the ring going foxhunting, trail riding, and sidesaddle racing. He will jump anything your point him at and is always game for an outing. He is a solid citizen in the ring as well, creating fun lesson opportunities for advanced students.
Scarlet has been as asset to our program since 2003, first as a training project and then a lease & lesson pony. She is great at reading her riders and teaching them appropriately. At shows, she always knows her job and enjoys it. She also enjoys trails, XC schooling, and the hunt field.
JC: Lonesome Hookie
We are thankful that Hokie failed as a racehorse for Jackie's grandfather because that meant we got to train him as a hunter mount. He is very good at adjusting to the level of his rider and taking care of them or challenging them as needed. His wheelhouse is anything in a ring, where he will jump whatever you point him at. Hokie even holds the farm record for the highest successful jump out of all the Lynden horses in a puissance lesson!
Doc is a project & lease pony that has a bright future in our lesson program. He has made a lot of progress already and we look forward to his future at Lynden.
(Farnley Magic Word x Lynden's Lucky Penny (Shenandoah Cracker Jack x WF Lucky Charm)) Dime has been the easiest pony we've ever trained. She is now making her way into lessons and we hope she will continue her grandmother Lucky's legacy as a super-star in our program.
(Shenandoah Cracker Jack x WF Lucky Charm (by Smoke Tree Mountain Ash)) Nugget is a wonderful all-around pony that has especially been an important part of our lease program. He's also really pretty to look at with his gorgeous golden coat and dapples. He really loves foxhunting and can also be seen pulling a carriage for special occasions.
(Farnley Prelude x Dance With Me) Swing is a lovely-moving mare who is a Pleasure Pony machine. Her smooth gaits and wide barrel make her an easy ride for older beginners and lesson parents. She is as happy in the ring as she is out of the ring and has been a successful 4-H lease mount for several riders through the years.
(Shenandoah Cracker Jack x WF Lucky Charm) Penny has been a wonderful broodmare, producing 3 lovely foals. She is a talented, beautifully-moving small pony who has passed on that talent to her foals. She has been in and out of the lesson program over the years, but is now proving herself as a wonderful lease pony for 4-Hers.
(Shenandoah Cracker Jack x Dance With Me) Broadway is Mrs. Ketterman's favorite pony. She is a fun, forward ride who really loves to work outside of the ring, but has also been successful as a jumper pony. She is a good lesson pony for kids that need to learn to manage a more forward ride and develop soft hands. Broadway has also been a great broodmare, with 2 lovely buckskin foals marked just like her.
(Shenandoah Silk Hat x Lynden's On A Whim (Gorky Park x Lost My Sock)) Phantom, while a bit high maintenance :), is a fabulous pony in our lease & show program. He is wonderful at teaching all levels of riders and is game for whatever challenge we throw his way, even sidesaddle!
(Shenandoah Cracker Jack x Dance With Me) Posie enjoys trail riding and jumping. She is great for advanced kids learning the subtleties of riding with soft aids. She also had a lovely colt in 2017 and is one of Jackie's favorties to ride.
(Tustin's Bandoleer x Lynden's Off Broadway (Shenandoah Cracker Jack x Dance With Me)) Cowboy is the definition of in-your-pocket personality. He is a trier and gets better and better with every outing. He has begun teaching some lessons and seems like he'll be a great fit in the program.
As a purchase in 2002 for the youngest Ketterman daughters to have a project, Socks then went on to be an important part of the lesson program. He has had much success in the hunter and jumper rings as well as in our 4-H lease horse program. He LOVES foxhunting and cross-country schooling. Now in his later years, he is becoming a choice mount for older beginner riders, especially those learning to jump.
JC: Arch's Cutie
Maggie is a lovely OTTB mare that has been a training project for Jackie's daughter since late 2020. A quick learner, she has made amazing progress and is starting to work in lessons. In her first season showing (2021) she finished the year as 4th place Green Hunter in the state in the VHSA Associate Program. We look forward to keeping her progress going and exploring all of the wonderful talents Maggie has to offer.
A member of the Lynden lesson string since 2014, Tex is another pony we don't know what we would do without. He loves kids...the littler, the better. His wonderfully bouncy trot is perfect for teaching little ones the rhythm for posting.
Del has been an important part of our lesson program since 2014. When purchased, the barn kids were allowed to choose a show name for her and they appropriately chose Too Much Fun. A former foxhunting pony, she still loves to go out on trails, XC schooling, & beagling, but is just as happy in the ring teaching all levels of riders.
Lynden has a small breeding program and hopes that these lovely ponies will be future lesson stars or go out into the world and represent Lynden well.
(Shendoah Cracker Jack x Lynden's Masquerade (Farnley Red Sail x Dance With Me)) This handsome colt has all the markings to be quite a stunner in the field & show ring.
(Farnley Magic Word x Lynden's In the Mood) Dottie is the sweetest & prettiest little filly. She already loves kids and all the attention she can get.
(Shendoah Cracker Jack x Empire's Simply Elegant (by Empire's Power)) This stunning filly should be an amazing mover and jumper if she's anything like her mother & father.
(Farnley Ganymede x Shenandoah Say Please (by Farnley Magic Word)) Born on Memorial Day, we are very excited about this filly. She is related to our wonderful pony, Phantom, and has markings that match...for now :)
(Lynden's Seize the Day x Lynden's Lucky Penny) Our surprise palomino filly sure gave us a run for our money in her first month of life, but she is the sweetest little girl and already great with all the kids loving on her. We can't wait to see how her future turns out with us here at Lynden, especially since she is a combination of both our beloved Lucky and Dancer.
These equines help out with our youth education on occasion, but mostly get to hang out and enjoy their earned retirement.
Sugar was purchased as a 2-year old for a then 4-year old Ketterman daughter. She was a saint of a pony with walk/trot and taking care of little riders. After some down time and a foal, Jackie's students were able to get her cantering and jumping and thus she became a favorite lesson pony. Now in retirement, Sugar's sweet nature still gets her into being used in pony camps for painting and stickers.
Anna is Lynden's token mini. She had a one-year stint as a 4-H project pony, but otherwise she has lived a cushy life as a pasture puff. She does help out with the occasional parade & pony camp, as well as being a staple at the Loudoun County Fair every year on Children's Day.
Dustin had a successful racing career for Jackie's grandfather before being transitioned to life as a show hunter. He did some work as a 4-H lease horse & sidesaddle mount for graduated students. He now spends his days ruling over his herd of OTTB's and rolling in the mud whenever he gets the chance.
(reg. Glencoe Muse) Glenny is currently Lynden's oldest equine. She was an amazingly talented show and hunt pony for 1 of the Ketterman daughters and then produced a few foals. In her later, more mellow years Glenny taught some lessons to the more savvy beginner & intermediate students. She now enjoys retired life, managing a herd of TB & QH geldings and helping with the occasional camp activity.
JC: Jacki's Tuition
Jackie's grandparents sometimes named their race horses after their grandkids. Jacki was named in hopes that she would earn enough to pay for Jackie's college tuition. That plan didn't pan out, but she became a fun mount for Jackie to explore the world of Jumpers. She then went on to be a successful lease project for select students. Jacki is now in semi-retirement, but continues to be a choice mount for Jackie and former lesson students when they visit.
Nerd was an auction purchase at 6-months-old so that the younger Ketterman girls could have a project. He served as a lesson pony & Special Olympics mount for awhile and then went to live with one of Lynden's former students. He is now back at Lynden enjoying his retirement and taking the occasional trail ride.
Mystic has been part of Lynden's program since 2006. She started out as an advanced lesson pony but over the years she learned to trust us and is now in invaluable member of our beginner lesson program. She has the smoothest gaits, making her a favorite for kids, especially those that are learning to canter.
"No heaven can heaven be, if my horse isn’t there to welcome me. "
Dancer was a mount for 4 of the Ketterman girls before becoming a broodmare, producing 6 lovely foals for Lynden. She then came out of retirement to teach older beginner kids and those learning the ropes of leasing a pony. Her legacy lives on in her children and grandchildren that have gone out into the world as well as the ones that remain at Lynden.
Lamri was purchased for the Ketterman girls as a beginner mount because of her gorgeous dappled coat during a Farnley broodmare sale. This sway-backed beauty turned out to a be a perfect fit at a first show pony for several of the Ketterman daughters as well as many lesson students. Lamri's kind nature and smooth way of going, especially when it came to bareback riding or swimming in the pond, was appreciated by many children over the years. Her legacy lives on in her remaining son, Eddie.
JC: Cut Me Some Slack
Dude, one of Jackie's grandfather's former racehorses, was a once-in-a-lifetime saint of a horse, though he did have his "rocking horse" bucking moments :) He had many show successes with 5 of the Ketterman girls and then went on to teach many lesson kids of all ages and sizes.
Wimsy was a gorgeous, winning pony ridden by many of the Ketterman girls. She then went on to produce several ponies that we sent out into the world. One of them, Phantom, fortunately came back to us and he is a credit to his grandmother. Wimsy carried many kids through their first canter strides as well as her favorite activity, grid work.
(My Boy Dan (TB) x Farnley Lamri) Eddie was the first pony born at Lynden. He was trained and shown by 5 of the Ketterman girls, winning many championships at local and 4-H shows. He then went on to be a 4-H lease horse, adding more championships to his resume. Eddie's first three loves were eating, jumping, and galloping, but he also loved to teach kids to canter and jump.
(My Boy Dan x Farnley Lamri) ELB (Eddies' Little Brother) was a talented, quality pony and a star in the pleasure ring. He was best at teaching kids to canter and loved to go bareback and swim in the pond.
Spark was a kid-toting machine at Lynden since 2006. He was one we could always count on to take care of kids, and occasionally teach them about pony tricks in a safe way ;) He was a star beginner pony, able to take kids from those first walk jitters to the first trot giggles to the elation of getting to canter and jump for the first time.
Lucky was a training project and then show pony for all of the Ketterman girls. She quickly learned to be the perfect babysitter for the younger Ketterman girls and later, lesson students. Lucky also knew how and when to turn on the charm and wow the judges at shows. She was a star 4-H lease pony, carrying many Lynden riders to successes through the state level. She had a lovely son and daughter, who carry on her legacy at Lynden, along with her 3 grandchildren Dime, Nickel, & Liberty.