Grace was a wonderfully unexpected addition to our program when Empowering Strides moved to Pomeroy Stables. Grace is owned by Rachel Pomeroy and the Pomeroy family. Grace is a 14 year old Appendix Quarter Horse meaning she is part thoroughbred and part quarter horse. Grace stands about 15.2 and handles all our riders from big to small. At first Grace did not like our games like plastic rings and bean bags but Grace has warmed up to our antics and has been amazing in lessons. Fun fact: Grace our volunteer and Grace the horse are very similar and love each other.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Rachel Pomeroy tragically passed away in January 2017. Rachel was attending WSU and looking forward to dedicating her life to being a nurse. Rachel was very happy that Grace was helping out with Empowering Strides and the Pomeroy Family has given the blessing for Grace to continue being used in our program. RIP Rachel.
Charlie came to Laura in March 2017 and has slowly become a regular in our lesson program. Charlie is incredibly sweet and gentle, we joke that he is a large golden retriever. He welcomes everyone by checking their pockets for cookies 😉 Charlie is still young and a big goofball. He loves all the attention from the riders. Charlie's favorite thing is to get head or ear scratches. We sincerely hope he loves working with Empowering Strides as much as we do!
Fred, thank you for always keeping our riders safe and teaching everyone you met a thing or two. We hope you enjoy retirement!
Scamper Brand, aka Fred, has had a long and very successful show career. Fred has well over 1k points from different associations he is a western pleasure machine! In Fred’s spare time, he was the Pacific Northwest Reining Horse Association’s rookie horse of the year (many years ago), he sorts cattle like a fiend, and even is an accomplished jousting horse. There is not much left that Fred has not done. Fred has taken the scared and nervous riders and given them confidence; he has taken the accomplished riders to the winners circle. Fred is the epitome of a “been there, done that” horse with many years left in him to teach others.