About Us...
We're a close-knit family here at Painted Bar Stables and each of our horses represents a very special addition to the bunch. Here's an introduction to some of our friends.

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Aspen Skipping Stone
Barn Name: Aspen
Date of Birth: April 1, 2007
Breed: Registered ApHC Appaloosa & Colorado Ranger Horse
Color: Chestnut Leopard
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.1hh
Acquired : March 2012

Aspen is whimsical and feminine and is known for her absolute honesty towards her riders. With impeccable Appaloosa bloodlines she really represents her breed beautifully. Aspen does wonderful things both in the arena and out riding English or Western. An alert versatile mare, she is a favorite for hunter paces, endurance races or just a nice walk in the woods.

Because Aspen is a more sensitive and doesn't like drama, we tend to only use her for lessons or for smaller trail ride groups. She's one of those rare horses who really doesn't mind picking up the rear of a ride - not because she's slow (because she's not!) but mostly because she just doesn't getting stuck between a bunch of horses and would rather watch any drama unfold ahead of her and wait her turn for a drama free ride.

Bachelor Foolish Blonde
Barn Name: Dutchess
Date of Birth: April 1, 1999
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Color: Solid Palomino
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.3hh
Acquired January 2009

Dutchess is one of our longstanding members of our community. She's been with us since 2009. She's a bit more of an Alpha mare. Thus, she likes to either be in the very front leading the way or in the very back making sure no horse is left behind. She doesn't take any funny business and doesn't give any back. She just loves going on long trail rides. You'll notice that before each trail ride she gets a bit antsy - she's just ready to get to work! And once she gets underway she settles down into pace and can go all day.

Dutch is also a fantastic and willing lesson horse, teaching children, adults and seniors how to ride beautifully in either English or Western styles. On trails, she combines lively energy with calm good sense and reliability.

Dutchess is the mother of Lady (2013) and Einstein (2016)

Blonde Bombpsychell
Barn Name: Valkyrie or Vally
Date of Birth: June 7, 2007
Breed: Registered Arabian Horse Association Quarab
Sire: Magnum Psyche
Color: Palomino
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.1hh
Acquired: June 17th, 2019

This half-Arabian mare comes with quite the resumé. She has won multiple Regional Championship and National Championship awards as well as a Supreme Legion of Honor award from the Arabian Association. She has extensive arena experience in Western and English pleasure classes as well as in hand and over cross rails and fences which we have brought into our lesson program.

On the trails she is a fabulous leader, but is still figuring out how to pace herself in the rear to with some of our slower horses in the herd.

While we have high hopes for her in endurance, some arthritis in her hind end may keep her to some of the shorter athletics in our programs.

Bonita Ponyta
Date of Birth: 2012
Breed: Haflinger Pony Cross
Color: Flaxen Sorrel
Sex: Mare
Height: 12.2hh
Acquired: April 14, 2015

Bonita is our pretty little pony! She is flashy, feisty and funny; but has a good heart and a sweet personality. You'll often see her in the fields at a full-on gallop outrunning those horses twice her size and turning on a dime.

Bonita has become quite the accomplished little equid in the past couple of years thanks to the devotion of Teresa Fico, our resident shorty who rides Bonita everywhere - literally everywhere. With the help of Teresa, Bonita has done endurance races, pony rides for children, dressage tests, all-day trail rides, and even taught children how to canter in summer camp!

Though an awesome pony and the world's greatest lead line pony for pony rides and doing great in lessons, she's still not ready to take first time kiddo riders out on the trail but based on the work she's done with the novice youth we know she's not far off.


Brienne of Tarth
Date of Birth: 2002
Breed: PMU Percheron Cross
Color: Grey
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.2hh
Acquired: July 2015

Brienne of Tarth is named after the major character in "The Game of Thrones" books and television series. According to Wikipedia, the character is described as "loyal, stubborn, headstrong, and judgmental. Despite the repeated insults from knights, who mockingly call her 'Brienne the Beauty', she holds a simple idea of knighthood, believing that knights should be chivalrous and always honor their vows." A perfect description for this fantastic, oversize, powerhouse of a mare.

Brienne is a PMU rescue foal. After rescue she became a sort of pasture pet until finally taken on as a project mare at 8 years old. Her former trainer put a significant amount of time and resources into her dressage training and we are happy to be able to help Brienne go to the next level and diversify her career.

Over the years Brienne has become a stable in our lesson program teaching everyone from tiny little kids to our biggest and largest adults and even therapeutic students. Despite her size she's actually a surprisingly good jumper able to jump 1m fences! She's a hard worker and a good sport who likes working with everyone at every level.

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Brienne of Tarth

Date of Birth: 2005
Breed: Grade Appendix Quarter Horse
Color: Buckskin
Sex: Mare
Height: 14.2hh
Acquired: December 19, 2016

That's Brumby not Grumpy... we know they sound the same!!

Brumby is small of size but has a big heart. Rivers run deep with this little mare and she has tons of common sense to keep riders safe and just enough sass to keep everyone interested. She has fantastic gaits and an adorable jump. She insists that her rider be a good and honest leader in the arena and is a fantastic educator as a result. On trail she is drama free and reliable.

Brumby is one of Erika's personal favorites but she rarely gets to ride her because she's so popular.

Brumby ring jousting

Cat's Got Chrome
Barn Name: Captain
Date of Birth: January 12, 2000
Breed: Registered Tennessee Walking Horse
Color: Black Tobiano Overo
Sex: Gelding
Height: 14.3
Acquired: 2014

Captain is a motivated, honest friend. Captain came to us from a local horseman who used to travel to different trail sites every weekend and go on solo adventures. Captain has many miles under his belt and a good head on his shoulders. Because he is gaited, he has a smooth way of moving and big, forward walk.


Double My Scotch
Barn Name: Scotch
Date of Birth: April 14, 2004
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Color: Red Dun Tobiano
Sex: Mare
Height: 14.1hh
Acquired: March 2008

Scotch is a bubbly little squirt. She's adorable and sweet with a mind of her own and enough personality to fill the whole barn. Calm and unwavering, Scotch can conquer anything. She is great at working with children and adults equally and never fails to surprise us.

Scotch gave birth to a gorgeous palomino red dun foal in June 2010 by JKGS Awesome Desmond named Double Awesome Pixie Dust, now owned by Katie Steigerwalt, and in 2013 she had another foal, Bandit, who still lives at Painted Bar Stables.


Drizzle True Colors
Barn Name: Izzy
Date of Birth: 2013
Breed: Percheron x APHA
Color: Black Overo
Sex: Mare
Height: 16.2hh
Year Acquired: February 3, 2019

Izzy came to us from a friend who had brought her here to sell. Somehow by luck of the draw and a little chaos she actually ended up becoming one of ours instead of moving onwards!

This big mare is stoic and decently unflappable. She has a great rocking horse gate with a bunch of power without being excessively fast. She's calm, cool and collected.

As a larger horse she can seem intimidating to some but she is kind and careful. While she likes to hang back at the end of the line, don't let her fool you - she isn't lazy by any means!

Izzy - Percheron Cross

Duckworth's True Grit
Barn Name: Ducky
Date of Birth: August 26, 2016
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Dam: Maximum Review
Sire: Sierra's All The Gold
Color: Buckskin Tobiano
Sex: Mare
Height: still growing, anticipated height of 15.0hh
Acquired: Born on Site 2016

Ducky is her mother's child. Brilliantly smart, fast as a lightning bolt, sassy and strong willed, Ducky lives up to her name and has true grit. She's going to be a handful, but I bet she will, just like her mother Maxie, always come through.

Ducky went to SUNY Morrisville in the fall of 2019 to participate in their Western Training Program.

Ducky - APHA Buckskin

Dun B A WhiskeyBandit
Barn Name: Bandit
Date of Birth: April 26, 2013
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Dam: Double My Scotch
Sire: Paycos Pete
Color: Dun Tobiano
Sex: Gelding
Height: 15.2hh
Acquired:Born on Site 2013

Bandit is the son of Scotch, our rock star large pony.

Bandit is a trail master. He has been hitting the trails since he was 2 weeks old. He is Erika’s go-to-horse when she someone for bushwhacking and trail repair as he will bomb through any brush or footing you aim him at. You want to climb a random riverbank, no problem. You want to bulldoze through the honeysuckle, okie dok! You want to ford a creek, button up here we go! 

He has competed in 15 and 30 mile limited distance endurance events and didn’t even blink. He will trot for days, has both leads at the canter and has good work ethic. Though very aware of his surroundings, he’s a safe guy and rocked a 30 miler this fall with a 13 year old. His half sister Poco consistently places top 10 in the 30s and 50s.


GJR Get N Better
Barn Name: Xena
Date of Birth: July 7, 2004
Breed: Registered Arabian
Color: Bay
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.1hh
Acquired: January 10, 2017

Xena is an Arabian mare from George Junior Republic (The William George Agency for Children's Services). As their programs shifted to half-drafts, the Arabians needed to be re-homed and we were lucky enough to have a home to off. 

Despite Xena not having any riding experience prior to her arrival at Painted Bar Stables in December 2016, she is a quick learner and is eager to please. In her time at the barn she has learned a lot and is one of the most willing and responsive horses here.

However, despite her training, Xena has proven to be really particular about the way she is ridden and doesn’t like having a lot of people on her. When ridden by a lot of different people she becomes very tense and uncomfortable. As a result, she has become one of Erika’s personal horses and a go-to mount for our staff.

Though late to the game, Xena has really shone in endurance riding events. She has competed in a number of 30 mile races. She even placed top 10 among over 60 competitors during the Hope for Horses fundraiser 30 mile race during the National Championships in 2018.

Gringolet des Étoile Solitaire
Barn Name: Gringo
Date of Birth: 2009
Breed: Grade Percheron
Color: Black
Sex: Gelding
Height: 17.0hh
Acquired: April 26, 2010

Gringo is an incredibly big but lovable and endearing giant. He is basically a giant black lab. He gets along with every horse and makes friends easily. He never minds that he gets all the largest riders. He willingly carries anyone big or small and will take them anywhere, English or Western. In Spring 2015 he took a first in English Pleasure at a local show and then placed strongly again in a dressage competition. He's happy, lucky and happy-go-lucky to boot!

Gringo is a very special boy and is lucky to have a large family of "god parents" who rescued him from a slaughter mill auction. Without Greg and Petra Tremblay, we would not have Gringo here at this farm.

Date of Birth: 2009
Breed: Registered Tennessee Walking Horse
Color: Chestnut
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.0hh
Acquired: 2019

Hermione is a sweet and introverted little mare who has woven her way through our barn in many different programs. She first came to Painted Bar Stables directly from an auction for training. Despite her sketchy past, she was brilliantly intelligent and a quick study and settled into her life as a riding horse.

She eventually was actually purchased by one of our boarders, Melissa Doak, who owns Piper. Her and Melissa were a great pair and it was awesome to see Hermione learning to trust someone so intimately! But in 2019, life got in the way of life and Melissa wasn't able to ride her nearly as much as she wanted and, worried about wasting her potential, offered her to us to use in our programs.

Now we are the owner of this incredibly smooth little gaited mare who is the same to ride if she's been ridden every day or once a year!

Hermione - Tennessee Walking Horse

Joli's Hero
Barn Name: Hero
Date of Birth: 2009
Breed: OTTB Thoroughbred
Dam: Qena
Sire: Tenpins
Color: Chestnut
Sex: Gelding
Height: 16.3hh
Acquired: June 7, 2016

Hero is the horse that Erika couldn't help herself from buying.

He is an athletic steed, powerful and athletic. He has gears that the other horses could never imagine! Yet at the same time he is a decently sensible and fantastic trail horse, especially for the slow speed trail rides.

If horses could be in the Autism spectrum, Hero might be one of them. Despite being a friendly guy, Hero’s personality is incredibly introverted. Sometimes you have to wonder if you even exist or if he’s looking right through you. Sometimes things that were fine yesterday are suddenly absolutely terrifying today. But just like similar humans, you realize that after years of working with him he actually does develop very deep and meaningful relationships with those who understand him.

You'll often see Erika on her Hero leading the rides. 

JKGS Awesome Desmond
Barn Name: Kasper
Date of Birth: May 15, 2007
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Color: Cremello Overo
Sex: Gelding
Height: 15.2hh
Acquired: February 2009

Kasper is fun-loving and lovable. All he wants to do is have fun with his friends, both horse and human. Kasper likes his work as a trail horse and has proven himself to be a remarkably easy ride. He cheerfully carries novice clients, loves kids, and tries hard to please any rider.

Kasper has a contradictory personality of on the one hand being a grumpy teenager and on the other being the most willing and obedient horse in the barn. While slow to join the party and grumpy about getting the ball rolling, once he gets going he is an absolute pleasure to work with and one of the best mounts at the barn. He is really able to change his riding behavior to suit his rider, providing an amazing mix of safety and security and extreme adventure and participation.  

Kasper is used on a lot of the EquiTravels and endurance adventures. He’s not remarkably keen on the endurance sport, so much work, but he always does incredibly well and is a perfect mount to introduce people to the sport!
JKGS Awesome Desmond, APHA PtHA Cremello Stallion

Date of Birth: 2007
Breed: Grade Pony
Color: Sooty Buckskin Roan
Sex: Mare
Height: 13.0hh
Acquired: April 14, 2014

Smudge is a smudge. A mix of many different pony types, she is a woman all unto her own. She came to her occupation late in life but is quickly figuring out her role and endearing herself to everyone at the stables as a pony ride champion and lesson pony.

Smudge has become our go-to mount for smaller riders due to her perfect proportions. She is also a great mount for youth as she is very obedient and safe both in the trail and in the arena.

Despite her small stature and position as our go-to kid horse, Smudge has also become quite the accomplished endurance racer, competing in a number of 15, 25 and 30 mile races. Smudge consistently out-performs many full sized horses in these events and we are always impressed at her tenacity.

Unfortunately, over the years Smudge has had an up and down roller coaster when it comes to her eye heath. She is very susceptible to eye infections and over the years she has a lost a decent amount of her eyesight, particularly in her right eye. Yet despite all of this she continues to be a fantastic and safe horse.
Smudge and Delaney at a dressage show

Maximum Review
Barn Name: Maxie
Date of Birth: March 1, 1998
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Color: Bay Tobiano Overo
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.3hh
Acquired: November 2008

Maxie was, for several years, one of our most valuable players, here at the barn. A flashy looking girl, she was a great lesson and unwavering trail horse. She did everything whole-heartedly, whether it was rough terrain trail riding or jumping over fences on hunter pace courses. Though she is great with beginners, she was also one of the fastest horses in our barns.

Maxie retired from trail work in 2015 due to arthritic problems and is now only teaching beginner level child lessons.

Maxie is the mother of Cola/Mocha (2012) now owned by Kelsey Eliot) and Ducky (2016)

Meagan's Fire Storm
Barn Name: Firefly
Date of Birth: April 16, 2002
Breed: Registered IQHA Quarab (Paint/Arab Cross)
Color: Sorrel Tobiano Overo
Sex: Gelding
Height: 15.2hh
Acquired: August 31, 2012

Fire is a flashy and lively horse with all of the moves to get him noticed. His assertive and confident personality puts him front and center and you'll often see Erika riding him. 

Fire’s personality is best described as being similar to Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ When you first walk into the room all you can do is remark on how good looking and handsome he is, but when you start to work with him all you can think about is what a giant arrogant jerk he can be. However, 8 months later suddenly you realize he is the love of your life and he never lets you down. But that he’s still an arrogant jerk.

He is responsive and sensitive, but not reactive, and capable of anything we put in front of him. He is a phenomenal lesson horse for anyone looking on really having a capable partner. He is an honest jumper and is a great teacher. His initial foundation in arena work is evident and his capability on trail endless.

Fire’s main sport has proven to be Limited Distance endurance races where he continually places in the top 10 (if not 1st!) in 25 and 30 mile endurance events. He is a competitive horse determined to win and never disappoints.

Merlin's Beard
Barn Name: Merlin
Date of Birth: 2009
Breed: Belgian /Quarter Horse
Color: Chestnut
Sex: Gelding
Height: 15.30hh
Acquired: December 3, 2016

Merlin is a stocky but nimble fella. He is kind and honest, a very responsive guy in both the arena and on trail. He's brave and doesn't spook at anything.

Despite his size, Merlin has proven to be an absolute MACHINE during endurance events. His large, ground covering road trot puts him strides ahead of the other horses and as long as you can keep him cool, he will go for miles. He routinely places top 10 in the 30 Mile events.


Merlin's Beard

Barn Name: Mo'
Date of Birth: July 28, 2019
Breed: Percheron Paint cross
Color: Smokey Black Tobiano
Sex: Mare
Height: Anticipated Height of 15.3hh
Acquired: Born on Site 2019

Mockingbird is the daughter of Mystique (percheron) and Sierra (paint). She is already proving to be worth her weight in gold. She has a fantastic disposition and is very easy to work with. Her behavior and training is already well beyond her years.


Mockingbird - Percheron Cross

Date of Birth: 2007
Breed: Percheron
Color: Black
Sex: Mare
Height: 16.2hh
Acquired: August 27, 2016

Mystique came to us in 2016 from an Auction. While in great physical condition, she had was very wary of people handling her feet and nervous of touch. Despite these fears she has always been kind and obedient and tries very hard. Coming from an Amish background, Mystique had only ever been used for driving, however she took to riding very quickly. She is athletic and powerful and we see her as having great potential.

In 2017 Mystique gave birth to Rogue, our little surprise baby. Rogue now lives with the Dew family nearby. In 2019 she gave birth to Mockingbird.

Mystique Percheron Mare

NASCAR For The Gold
Barn Name: NASCAR
Date of Birth: June 6, 2014
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Dam: Miss Zanolena
Sire: Sierras All The Gold
Color: Sooty Buckskin Tobiano
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.1hh
Acquired: Born on Site 2014

NASCAR shows signs of having some of the best characteristics or her mother, Lena, and her sire, Sierra. Nascar has a quiet and affectionate disposition, but rivers run deep and she definitely has a lot of feelings beneath the surface. She is normally very go-with-the-flow but when something bothers her or hurts she is quick to point it out and request it be changed.

Despite having a speedy barrel racing mother, Nascar has clearly and obviously decided on a slower lifestyle. She is definitely more on the energy efficient style and lacks a bit of work ethic, however despite that she is becoming a truly wonderful mount. She has incredibly smooth gaits and is really growing into a phenomenal mount that will bring a lot of benefit to our lesson and trail programs in the future.


Nascar - Sooty Buckskin APHA Mare

Barn Name: Nevada
Date of Birth: May 5, 2018
Breed: APHA Paint / Appaloosa
Dam: Winterfell
Sire: Sierras All The Gold
Color: Smokey Black Varnish Roan Tobiano
Sex: Mare
Height: Anticipated to be 15.2hh
Acquired: Born on Site 2018

Nevada is Dan's personal filly by his mare, Winterfell and by our stallion Sierras all the Gold. She is smart, social, and playful and learning how to do "adulting" things. This sassy filly is growing like a weed and we look forward to seeing how powerful she becomes as an adult.



Pepsi Poco LeoDandy
Barn Name: Pepsi
Date of Birth: September 1, 1998
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Color: Black Tobiano
Sex: Mare
Height: 14.3hh
Acquired: March 2008

Little Pepsi used to be a pro-mama because of her great Pepsi Poco bloodlines but now is Erika's go-to-girl. Pepsi is the one that first-time riders, small kids and fearful individuals usually get to ride. She is tolerant, sweet and even tempered.

We often joke that Pepsi is our "Eeyore." She has an "if it's going to happen, it's going to happen to me" demeanor and has absolutely no sense of humor. However, don't let looks deceive you: real rivers run deep. Underneath her tolerant and stone-like shell is a very sensitive, feminine and independent lady waiting for you to meet her.

Pepsi is the mother to Mister, a rock star in his own right and now lives with Tristin Rose-Morley, and to her 2014 foal, SodaPop, who now lives in the Rochester area.


Rainbows Poco Spade
Barn Name: Poco
Date of Birth: 2007
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Color: Bay
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.1hh
Acquired: November 2014

Poco arrived here in the late fall of 2014 as an untrained young mare. In the years since she has become Erika’s go-to mare for any sort of distance riding or guiding.

Erika has competed in a number of endurance races with Poco consistently placing in the top 10 for both the 30 and 50 mile events. Despite being a quirky horse to ride, over time Poco has steadily progressed and we see her becoming an endurance riding program in the future.

Poco can best be described by her work ethic: determined, always ready, and unwavering. Her competitive spirit and drive to please her rider is always obvious and we see 
Poco running

Sierras All The Gold
Barn Name: Sierra
Date of Birth: April 16, 2002
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Color: Perlino Tobiano
Sex: Stallion
Height: 15.2hh
Year Acquired: March, 2008

Sierra is our stallion, and he's quite a stud. A beautiful man with a peaceful temperament and calm demeanor, Sierra is a fast learner and a hard worker. He seems to pass his great personality onto his offspring, not to mention his light color! 

Sierra unfortunately cannot live with the herd (we just don’t need that many babies!) so you’ll see him in his own paddock either living with his girlfriend of the year or with Captain Tubbington, his pet Jersey steer.

Prior to being owned by Erika, Sierra trekked through the mountains of Colorado. While there, he cleanly broke the navicular bone in a front hoof. While it will never heal enough for him to run barrels or jump, he enjoys the occasional trail ride with Erika.

Sierra is surprisingly calm and safe to be around even though he is a stallion. While we need to take extra precautions because he is still intact, he is incredibly affectionate and really appreciates attention. Because he isn’t on the trail string or in the lesson program people tend to ignore him but he loves it when people visit to groom him.
Sierras All The Gold free lunging

Spock the Mule
Barn Name: Spock
Date of Birth: 2008
Breed: Appaloosa Mule
Color: White
Sex: Gelding
Height: 15.0hh
Acquired: February 17, 2012

Spock is a mule. He's intelligent beyond belief, stubborn, confident, and opinionated; however, he is also endearing, sweet, good-intentioned, determined, and protective of himself and his rider. He is Erika's number one pick to be a half-ass trail guide! Spock got his name because like the character he is of two species. Spock is half Donkey (logical like a Vulcan) and half Horse (emotional like a Human). And he has pointy ears.


Sultani SS
Barn Name: Nymeria
Date of Birth: June 30, 2004
Breed: Registered Arabian
Color: Chestnut
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.0hh
Acquired: January 10, 2017

Xena is an Arabian mare from George Junior Republic (The William George Agency for Children's Services). As their programs shifted to half-drafts, the Arabians needed to be re-homed and we were lucky enough to have a home to offer.

Nymeria is a kind and true little Arabian. She does her job admirably and is a pleasure to spend time with. She is the backbone of our endurance and competitive trail program as well as our intermediate lesson students, but we see her making appearances on the trails for more advanced riders as well.

Nymeria is named after a fabled "warrior queen" in the Game of Thrones (who Arya named her direwolf after). In the tale, Nymeria was but a skilled general, commander and keenest military strategist.

Nymeria at the Biltmore Hope For Horses 2019

Sunnys Fools Gold
Barn Name: Lady
Date of Birth: May 10, 2013
Breed: APHA Solid Bred Paint
Color: Palomino
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.2hh
Acquired: Born on Site 2013

Lady is the daughter of Dutchess and Sierra. This pretty lass is a neat mix of stoic and sensitive with a mix of all of the traits of her parents.

Though she requires a soft hand and a thoughtful rider, Lady has also proven to be a very safe horse with a lot of tolerance when put into sticky situations. While requiring a more technical rider because of her sensitivity, she is one of the most reliable horses in the barn as she is willing to perform in almost any circumstance and is relatively fearless. She's a go-to guide horse on trail for many of the staff here at the barn.

Lady has competed in a number of 30 mile endurance events with both advanced and novice riders and has proven to be a metronome for pacing, keeping a consistent moderate speed throughout the entire event.

Despite her reliable and loving demeanor, Lady is a bit of a “princess and the pea” when it comes to saddle fit. She's very communicative with us about her needs and as a result the mix of her good disposition and low tolerance for problems she provides a unique opportunity for us to teach students on the importance of correct tack fit and riding technique.

Lady - Palomino solid bred paint mare

Sweet Tea
Date of Birth: 2017
Breed: Haflinger
Color: Sorrel
Sex: Gelding
Height: 13hh and growing
Acquired: September 5, 2019

Sweet Tea is a young haflinger who I would best compare to Peter Pan. He's a very intelligent, well intentioned, good dispositioned guy with a mischievous streak. However, despite his moments of naughtiness, Sweet Tea doesn't have a mean bone in his body and has wonderful work ethic.

Sweet Tea came to us from the Amish community in Interlaken. Though a young buck, Sweet Tea is already trained to drive and ride (as is the Amish way) and just needs finishing up. Because he is still quite young we're giving him some time off, only playing with him on occasion. He's very brave and cooperative, already letting us throw a lasso off of him and doing walk trot work in the arena. We look forward to him joining the pony ranks!


Sweet Tea - Haflinger

Tater Tot
Barn Name: Tater
Date of Birth: 2004
Breed: Haflinger
Color: Sorrel
Sex: Gelding
Height: 14.1hh
Acquired: September 5, 2019

This giant potato came to us from the Amish community in Interlaken. Tater was advertised as "Broke for Grandpa" as he spent his life being the transportation for an elderly man, bringing him to and from church every week. Obviously that wasn't a ton of work because he was a bit on the hefty side when he arrived.

Despite being a driving horse, he is also very well trained for riding and easily jumped into our lesson program as the perfect bareback lesson horse. He has phenomenal work ethic, smooth honest gaits, and a will to please.

Tater Tot is a really sweet gentleman. When he first got here, he was a little aloof, but once he realized that humans like to spend time with him without requiring work he really blossomed.

In the field he's a bit of a Casanova and all of the ladies, particularly the pony ladies, really like him. He gets along with all personalities with his easy, go with the flow attitude.



Tater Tot - Haflinger

Thor's Golden Hammer
Barn Name: Thor
Date of Birth: July 13,2015
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Dam: Tourmaline Crystal
Sire: Sierras All The Gold
Color: Solid Palomino
Sex: Stallion (to be gelded)
Height: 15.3hh
Acquired: Born on Site 2015

Thor is the baby of Crystal and Sierra. He spends most of his time lounging and going with the flow. He is a calm, friendly and absolutely stunning fella.

Thor has always been well beyond his years. At only 4 years of age he already had been guiding trail rides  for the public, teaching lessons to all levels of riders and even competed in a 15 mile introductory endurance race with a novice!

Though he did well at the short distance endurance rides, his real strength lies in his easy disposition and ability to work with beginner riders, building confidence and teaching finesse with an exorbitant amount of forgiveness.

Two Joker Kings Hawk
Barn Name: Stetson
Date of Birth: June 16, 2004
Breed: Registered Foundation Appaloosa
Color: Dun Snowflake Blanket
Sex: Gelding
Height: 16.1hh
Acquired: December 3, 2016

Stetson is a big, western guy! He's done a lot of things in his life, from working a ranch with some cowboys to doing natural horsemanship and trail riding with a lady of his own. He's even been gun trained so that people could shoot a gun from the saddle. We are looking forward to how he develops here at the barn!

Two Joker Kings Hawk - Stetson

Vanzi Bars n Stripes
Date of Birth: April 18, 2016
Breed: AQHA Quarter Horse
Color: Smokey Grulla
Sex: Stallion
Height: 15.0hh and growing
Acquired: December 20, 2016

The bars in Painted Bar! Vanzi is an up and coming future stallion for the Painted Bar Stables. He is a beautiful smokey grulla, carrying homozygous genetics for dun and heterozygous for cream. His remarkable primitive markings are gorgeous and he is tall and leggy.

Not only is he beautiful. He is intelligent and kind with a peaceful and obedient demeanor. He is the stoic potential that we definitely want in the future father of our foals.

Vanzi Bars N Stripes - AQHA Quarter Horse Grullo Stallion

Date of Birth: 2002
Breed: Grade Appaloosa
Color: Bay Snowflake Blanket
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.2hh
Acquired: September 28, 2014

By now you have noticed the "Game of Thrones" theme. Winter gets her name from her snowy blanket spots. A sweet, gentle mare, Winter is always looking to please and is very friendly with both her human and horse companions. Winter's dream in life is to be a pack horse on a country western journey as she will follow any horse, as long as she doesn't have to go first. We are working on leadership skills.

You'll most often find Winter with Dan, as they have become close buds.


Other Animals at the Barn

Captain Tubbington
Barn Name: Tubby, C-Tubbs
Date of Birth: 2014
Breed: Jersey x Hereford Cattle
Sex: Steer
Acquired: May, 2014

Captain Tubbington was purchased alongside a number of other calves in 2014 to be raised for beef. Needless to say, he never was turned into hamburger – he was just too amazing and cute.

Tubby has since been incorporated into our herd. When not in the stud paddock keeping Sierra company whenever he is lonely, Tubby is out in the herd hanging with the big boys. Surprisingly he is closest friends with the alphas of our gang!

But eating hay and babysitting isn’t all he does! We actually have ridden Tubby a bit – although he does seem to have a momentum problem. He keeps laying down whenever we are walking somewhere!

Dog - German Shorthair Pointer
Owned by Dan Salisbury

Chip is the glorious hunting dog you'll see in our backyard. He's energetic and full of love, but unfortunately you'll probably never see him outside his fenced in yard unless he's with his man, Dan because he likes to " point" at the cats.

Ding (Mama Ding)
Cat - American Longhair
Owned by Everyone in the Barn

Mama Ding may in fact be one of the most lovely cats in the barn. She is sweet, snuggly and oh so fancy!

But don't let looks fool her, she is an amazing mouser.


Cat - American Longhair
Owned by Everyone in the Barn

Dong is the king of the barn. If you don’t know this already by his fantastic saunter as he approaches everyone who enters the arena, just ask him. He knows he is the boss around here.

Dong is exceptionally interested in humans and is quick to greet everyone who arrives. He is affectionate and loves to be pet. However, he’s also pretty good at being clear when enough is enough and he needs some space.

Cat - American Shorthair
Owned by Everyone in the Barn

Every barn needs a good black cat and Hansel is ours. Hansel is a VERY independent cat who wanders about all day but you can usually catch him in the barn at night. He loves to snuggle and is a fantastic "parrot," liking to sit on your shoulder as you go about your business.

Dog - Beagle Blue Heeler mix
Owned by Erika Eckstrom

Seneca is Erika's beagle dog. "Super Sen" is usually the first thing you hear when you come to our stables because she likes to make sure everyone knows you have arrived. Though she's got a great beagle howl, she's actually very shy and timid. She's a bit skeptical of new people and it takes a bit of time for her to warm up, so she'll probably avoid you and keep a good 20' buffer between herself and anyone new. That said, she is super sweet, really cuddly and absolutely playful. She is Erika's perfect sidekick, acting like a satellite orbiting around her as Erika does chores, guides rides, and even sits at the computer editing this website.

Cat - American Longhair
Owned by Everyone in the Barn

Sparky is one of our original cats. The son of our former cat, Scrappy, he inherited a beautiful "mew" complete with vibrato. He is a great guy, but more importantly

a great role model to the other cats in the barn. He is a superb mouser. We have witnessed him catch a starling clean out of the air as he jumped from rafter to rafter in the barn. He is incredibly friendly and affectionate but he comes to you on his own terms.

Past Horses
Sometimes we need to part with some of our friends. Here are horses and pets we have loved in the Past!

Rogue One
Barn Name: Rogue
Date of Birth: March 5, 2017
Breed: Percheron Belgian Cross
Dam: Mystique
Color: Bay
Sex: Mare
Height: Anticipated Height of 17hh


Rogue was our surprise baby out of Mystique. When we bought Mystique at auction there was a 50% chance she was pregnant to a Belgian stallion - and in March we got Rogue. Rogue is calm and leggy and we look forward to watching her grow.

Rogue at a day old

Panda Paws
Barn Name: Panda
Date of Birth: 2004
Breed: Appaloosa
Color: Black Snowflake Blanket
Sex: Gelding
Height: 15.2hh

Bear was retired through

Panda Paws joined the stable in 2016. He came from a woman near Syracuse who would take him trail riding and on all types of adventures. As a result this guy is more than up for any adventure, even loading himself onto the trailers.

Panda Paws Appaloosa

Golden Firewater
Barn Name: Apple or Apollonia
Date of Birth: May 4, 2013
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Sire: Sierra's All The Gold
Color: Buckskin Tobiano
Sex: Mare
Height: still growing, anticipated height of 15.1hh


Apple is the daughter of our stallion, Sierra. When the owner of her dam rejected her as a filly because of her "parrot mouth" overbite, we drove to Ohio to get her and have never regretted it. We renamed her "Apollonia," the patron saint of dentistry and with extreme dentistry care we see some improvement in the correction of her overbite.

Apple has made a strong start with ground training and will be moving toward assuming her role as a working trail horse. She willing to please and has a good honest attitude.


Einsteins Golden Fool
Barn Name: Einstein
Date of Birth: April 27, 2016
Breed: APHA Paint
Dam: Bachelor's Foolish Blonde
Sire: Sierras All The Gold
Color: Solid Palomino
Sex: Gelding
Height: still growing, anticipated height of 15.2hh

SOLD to Brooke Lechnowsky

Einstein is a goofy but very relaxed young man. He isn't scared of anything and will just go with the flow. He's a bit of a mama's boy, always wanting to be near his mother, Dutchess.


Gator's Lady
Barn Name: Bad News Bear
Date of Birth: March 10, 1998
Breed: Registered Jockey Club Thoroughbred
Tattoo: B08456
Dam: Lady From Leyte
Sire: Green Alligator
Color: Bay
Sex: Gelding
Height: 16.1hh

Bear was retired through

Bear is a thoughtful and responsible thoroughbred gelding. In the arena he is reliable and forgiving, offering students the best lesson possible. He has a rocking horse canter and a steady trot helping people get the opportunity to develop muscle memory while he chugs around the arena. He understands dressage moves, jumps beautifully and is steadfast on trails and hunter pace courses.

While great on trail with advanced riders, Bear is a bit more forward out in the wilderness. He likes to go first!

Tourmaline Crystal
Barn Name: Crystal
Date of Birth: May 6, 2002
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Color: Solid Black
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.3hh

Crystal was retired through

Crystal is a beautiful and gentle solid black American Paint Horse mare. She joined us from the Arcangeli Farm and has since made a strong impact on our riders. Her gentle finesse, as well as her motivation to please has quickly made her a fan favorite.

Unfortunately, due to an arthritic fracture, Crystal can no longer be used for the rough and tumble adventures; however, Crystal is still able to do some wonderful lessons for young kids and is one of our most valuable broodmares.

Two of Crystal's offspring still live on the farm including Thor, born in 2015, and his full sister Raven (2013-2016).

Crystal and Jen

Sierra Mist PocoTwist
Barn Name: Mister
Date of Birth: June 15, 2009
Breed: Registered APHA Paint
Dam: Pepsi Pocos Leo Dandy
Sire: Sierras All The Gold
Color: Isabella Palomino Tobiano
Sex: Gelding
Height: 16.0hh

Mister was retired through

Mister is a really easy guy to work with. Just like his momma, Pepsi, nothing seems to faze him and he has his daddy's gentle and kind soul. He is a smooth pleasant ride. He is strong and willing on a fast-paced all-day trail, but also more than happy with just an hour’s stroll through the woods and across the creek.

Mister is a rising star here at Painted Bar Stables and becoming a fan favorite, despite his youth. And we can take him out in public! He takes an interest in his surroundings at parades and shows, but remembers his manners.


Elegant Jetsetter
Barn Name: Loras Tyrell or "Little Loras"
Date of Birth: March 11, 2007
Breed: Registered Jockey Club Thoroughbred
Color: Chestnut
Sex: Gelding
Height: 15.2hh

Crystal was retired through

After 6 years on the racetrack, Loras is now trying to start a new career. A flamboyant mover, Loras is light of foot with a lot of impulsion. He is honest, brave and incredibly determined to please his rider.

Loras taught many walk/trot students and working on some of his higher level skills. He now is a therapeutic horse in New Jersey.

BB8 & R2D2
Owned by Everyone in the Barn

BB8 is the tiny little orange kitty that "don't care". He loves being picked up, carried, smushed and cuddled. She will be purring all the while!

R2D2 is BB8's larger but not older brother. This Grey and White sweetheart has outgrown her by far but still retains a lot of that kitten loving that makes her sister so popular!


Cat D9 Dozer
Barn Name: Dozer
Date of Birth: 1999
Breed: Kentucky Mountain Horse
Color: Chestnut
Sex: Gelding
Height: 15.1hh

Dozer was retired through

The best part about Dozer is that he is really smart, you'll actively have to try to fall off. the worst part about Dozer is that he is really smart. Dozer is suave, sweet and energy efficient. He has learned that to come in first place you don't need to have a personal best, you just have to cut everyone else off. But don't let his peaceful speed deceive you; this does not mean he is lacking gumption.

He has a huge personality that completely endears you and leaves you wanting more. Dozer does phenomenal work with first time riders and riders with disabilities but is a fan favorite for novice friends trying to keep up. He has infinite patience and smooth and comfortable gaits. If you are riding Dozer, you have nothing to worry about!

Cats D9 Dozer

Miss Zan O'Lena
Barn Name: Lena
Date of Birth: February 5, 1996
Breed: Registered AQHA Quarter Horse
Color: Bay
Sex: Mare
Height: 15.0hh

Lena was retired through

Our lovely Miss Lena came from Oakwood Manor in Binghamton and was trained and shown under the amazing tutelage of Nicky Kurty. Lena spent much of her life as a Championship barrel racing mare. She is quick, responsive and impeccably trained, a favorite for Erika.

Lena is the mother of NASCAR, a foal in 2014 by Sierra.



Mack's Lit Up
Barn Name: Mack
Date of Birth: April 9, 1999
Breed: Registered Tennessee Walking Horse
Color: Blue Roan Sabino
Sex: Gelding
Height: 15.3hh

MACK was retired through

Mack is a very special player here at Painted Bar Stables. Because of his gorgeously smooth Tennessee Walker gaits and his easy to control riding habits, Mack does phenomenally with riders of all levels. While he likes kids, he definitely prefers grownups and grownups definitely prefer him, too! Easily the sexiest horse in the barn, we're not sure what planet he hails from. He's has a quirky and distinct personality that you'll never forget.

ADOPTED by Jennifer Marosek VanDusen

Owned by Everyone in the Barn

Ginger is the little orange and white cat in the barn. He gets along with pretty much everyone and likes people a lot. He got his name because the teenagers in the barn swore he was a girl for months - glad I checked before getting him neutered!

Grade Tennessee Walking Horse Gray Mare
2005, 15.0hh

Jezebel was a great rockstar horse for young and fearful riders on the trail. She had a rough past with many owners that were scared of her, but with the help of the staff at Painted Bar Stables and particularly Caroline Everett she really became a new woman.

Jezebel now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with Caroline.


Grade Morab Bay Gelding
2000, 15.0hh

Joker is a Morab type gelding that came to us from the Circle C Arena. Formerly used as a camp horse, this little guy is cute as a button. He is motivated and spunky but easy to work with and a pleasure in the arena and on trail. 

Joker now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with Caroline.


Striking Pretty Lady
APHA Paint Overo Sorrel Mare
2002, 16.1hh

Jello came to us from Maryland to take over for our taller and larger riders. She has showed in APHA halter circuits and produced beautiful foals in the past. She has a stable and level headed personality.


Sock It To You
APHA Paint Bay Overo Mare
1991, 15.1hh

Pretty is one special girl. Before she found her home here at Painted Bar Stables, Pretty was a gymkhana and barrel horse winning state championships. However, Pretty lost vision in her right eye due to a leptosporosis infection and also has Cushing's Disease. In 2011 her other eye slowly went blind leaving her completely without vision. But that didn't slow her down a bit. She's still rode and guided the trails as Erika's favorite horse in the barn.

She also had a very important job of keeping the stallion, Sierra company. The disease that left her blind also caused her to become infertile making her the perfect best friend for the guy!

Pretty died in 2013 and we miss her terribly every day.

Sock it To You (aka Pretty)

Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
Red Roan Gelding

Beau is a big goofy fellow that acquires friends and fans wherever he goes. His sweet but assertive demeanor always wins him fans, not to mention his beautiful roan color.

Beau was sold to Sue Martin.

Moonlight Scandal
APHA Solid Paint Cremello Filly
June 26 2010

Moon is a well bred pretty little cremello baby with bright blue eyes out of one of my favorite Western mares, Dutchess. She is going to be a tall and leggy youngster with classy looks and her flashy color will turn heads.

Moon was sold to Louise Schroeder.

Skip Me Awesome Cupid
APHA Paint Palomino Tobiano Overo Colt
June 6 2010

Cupid was born at 7:00am on June 6. He is now a handsome and strapping baby boy. Cupid is ALL legs. He's speedy, fast, and very very alert.

He is a palomino tobiano overo. This means that he is both a dilute and carries both types of pinto colorations. He looks like a palomino carbon copy of mom! We named him Cupid because of the heart shape on his back. His official name is "Skip Me Awesome Cupid." 

You can see a movie of cupid on YouTube.

Cupid was sold to Janey Schweizer.

Skip Me Awesome Cupid

Double Awesome Pixie Dust
APHA Solid Paint Palomino Dun Filly
May 29, 2010

Born on May 29, 2010 to our mare Scotch, Pixie is one of the spunkiest and smartest little mares I have ever seen. A quick learner and easy to work with demeanor, she will go far in life!

She was sold to Katie Steigerwalt.

Double Awesome Pixie Dust with her Dam Double My Scotch

Elmer Fudd
Appaloosa Red Roan Gelding
1998, 15.3hh

Nothing phases Elmo. We often joke that as long as you let Elmo be your friend, he'd do anything you ask. He's full of heart and is a consistent personality in our barn. He prefers trail rides to working in the arena, but you'd be surprised at what he can do when it comes to the show ring.

Elmo came to use very underweight and with terrible hoof issues and laminits. While he has gained a bit of weight, he is carbohydrate intolerant so it has been a slow process. His feet are now better but he still does long trail rides with his special "sneakers"on just in case.

Elmer Fudd, Appaloossa Gelding

Mia Stella
Standardbred Bay Mare
1991, 15.2hh

A former rescue, Mia's had a long hard path. Perhaps that's what accounts for the wisdom in her eyes and the kindness of her soul. With Mia, it's all about trust. When she trusts you she will be your best friend forever.

Mia was sold to Deb Belles.

Mia Stella, Standardbred Mare

Candy Cane
Thoroughbred-cross Bay Mare
1989, 15.2hh

Candy does most of her work in the arena for lessons. She loves working with advanced beginners and intermediate riders and is incredibly responsive. Candy is actually the oldest horse of the bunch but you wouldn't know it. While gentle and kind she is fast and full of life. She's one of our favorites for barrel racing.

Candy Cane

Quarter Horse Caramel Palomino Gelding
1992-2009, 15.2hh

I wish I had another picture of Bubba in the summer with his sleek and shinny coat. Bubba was an incredibly beautiful and elegant Palomino Quarter horse with a thick and flowing mane and tail.

Bubba sadly passed away in 2009.

Thoroughbred-cross Chestnut Mare
1980-2008, 14.2hh
Hollywood Bar Scene
Quarter Horse Grey Dun Mare
Hollywood Bar Scene "Holly"
Thoroughbred Bay Gelding

Many of the photos taken on this page are by A.C. Jacobs.
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