Teton joined the team in February 2017 and is a registered 2010 Grey Nokota gelding. Range raised on the plains of North Dakota, he is one of less than a 1000 Nokotas left in the world and comes from a line referred to as the ‘Watchers’; he certainly lives up to the name. Teton arrived unstarted and curious, yet lacking a significant amount of trust due to the actions of humans earlier in his life. His soft eye, incredible awareness, willingness to try, desire to please and trust as well as strong build has all made for a captivating partner. Teton is Colton’s personal mount and is progressing through the process of becoming a future bridle horse. From moving cattle to starting colts, checking fence to finessing his abilities in the show pen as a working cow horse, Teton’s education has been focused around building trust, understanding, confidence, relaxation and performance.
Western Elegance, aka Ella, is a 2013 warmblood mare by Westporte. She joined us in April 2016 as a hunter prospect with the scope and movement to one day compete in the Amateur Owner and Hunter Derby classes with Maredith. Unlike many hunter jumper prospects, however, Ella's early education has been primarily focused on basic horsemanship, including building understanding and confidence through her flatwork and on the ground. A primary focus on her flatwork allows Ella to engage in a rather unusual training schedule for hunters, including working cattle, hacking outside on 200 acres of rolling hills, and sessions in the round pen to continue to build respectful relationships. This style of education allows her to more fully understand her job over fences and exposes her to a broader spectrum of learning opportunities. When she is not in work, Ella can almost always be found asserting herself into the center of attention, trying to snuggle with her soft saddle pads and blankets, or searching relentlessly for snacks.