2001 16.1h Chestnut TB gelding
Red is a been-there-done-that dude who is an absolute pleasure. We joke (lovingly) that he is the laziest ex-racehorse you'll every meet. Red began life as a racehorse, then moved on to a dressage trainer after life at the track. He was later purchased by the Minneapolis Police Department and worked as a police horse for a number of years before he was donated to the University of Minnesota to be a lesson and teaching horse for both the undergraduate program and the College of Veterinary Medicine. When Kelsey found out that Red was looking for a new place to call home, he was adopted and is loving life as a lesson horse at KJ Equestrian!
2007 15.2h Red Dun QH gelding
Jack has a really cool story that leads up to landing at KJ Equestrian. One of our trainers, Alaina, was forced to sell her beloved Jack several years ago. She'd tried to keep track of him as time had gone on, and on a late Friday night in April 2016, she found out that Jack was headed to an auction the next day. In a whirlwind of texts, Alaina found herself at the auction with Kelsey scrambling to figure out how to get Jack home. This story does indeed have a happy ending, because after some luck and a lot of praying, KJ Equestrian was able to purchase Jack as an additional lesson horse. He's already becoming a favorite for many students and we're excited to have him as part of our program!
2008 16.1h Black Bay TB gelding
Stealth (pictured here with assistant trainer Kaitlin and Kelsey's dog Jet) is an Off-Track Thoroughbred that was originally purchased with the intent of starting him in a new career and reselling him after he was retired from racing. Instead, Stealth and Kelsey developed a bond that side railed the prospect of finding him a new home. He is now officially part of the herd as one of Kelsey's show horses and as a lesson horse for our advanced jumping students. Stealth is incredibly talented, athletic, and fun to ride, but can be a challenge as he is sensitive and powerful. He is a fantastic "step-up horse" that really makes students think and ride correctly.
2000 15.1h Bay Roan QH mare
Payson is a fabulous, patient mare that had a tremendously successful show career as a cutting horse before she was retired and sold to one of KJ Equestrian's boarding clients. Kelsey began leasing Payson to use for lessons while at the former facility in River Falls, WI. When the time came to make the move to Idylwood Equestrian Center in Stillwater, MN, Payson's owner decided it would be best to sell Payson and graciously agreed to allow her to be purchased by KJ Equestrian! We are so blessed to have her and grateful for the opportunity to have her remain with us as a permanent member of our herd!
"Jet" is Kelsey's dog and is a familiar face at the barn. If Kelsey is there, Jet can be found running around somewhere. He is friendly and loves to give kisses!
2007 15.2h Palomino QH mare
Candy is one of the KJ Equestrian lesson horses and is a sweet, fun mare. She rides English and Western and is a nice horse to trail ride as well! She's also jumps little fences for our more adventurous students! Candy is extremely patient and loves attention from anyone and everyone. She will be the first to walk up to you in the pasture for some love!
2011 American Miniature Horses
Peeka and Boo are the resident ponies! Peeka is a 31" palomino gelding, and Boo a 27" black mare. These two have been used as therapy horses, for the most part. They've visited hospitals, nursing homes, special education groups, therapy programs, and senior centers. They've also made appearances at fundraising events and parades. Peeka is broke to ride, as well, and can handle light ponying with very small children. They both know quite a number of "tricks", including climbing up and down stairs, standing on pedestals, riding in elevators, "leave it", "shake", and "kiss". Due to time constraints, they're currently living the good life with extensive turnout and not much "work"!
2002 15.3h Solid-bred Dun APHA mare
"Rosie" is Kelsey's very first horse (purchased as a 3 year old when Kelsey was 14!) and a student favorite. She has done everything - hunter/jumper, dressage, English and Western pleasure, gymkhana events, reining, etc. She has carried beginner to advanced riders without ever stepping a foot wrong. Rose has even been used for therapy work! This mare is very patient and only tries as hard as her rider is comfortable with.