Barn Name: “REBEL”
Registered Name: WPRS Grand Slams Baby Grand Storm
2014 Gelding AMHR/AMHA Currently 37”
Sire: LTD’s Grand Slam
Dam: Millwood Stars Lil Stormy Valentine
Rebel is a solid black Gelding with one white sock and a striking blaze down his face. Sharp eyes, a confident attitude, and definitely an independent thinker. Rebel was named Rebel because of his independent attitude. He certainly has a mind of his own! In fact, he let me know right away that I was not his favorite humans! I was considering selling him. But one afternoon, when James Howell entered his life, Rebel immediately took on a new way of thinking. He bonded with James and quickly became very eager to please and is now one of our all-star best candidates for kid programs! Such a cool story here! Even before he was gelded at age 2, he became very manageable under James’s handling. Currently gelded for ranch program, Rebel will be art and saddle trained this summer. Trainer? James of course! Rebel with his mamma. Rebel in training with James.
By sponsoring one or more WPR therapy ponies, you are partnering directly with this healing ministry by contributing to the care of these life-changing animals–their foods, veterinary care, farrier, as well as contributing to the operating and construction costs of the retreat facility. As a WPR sponsor, you will receive a hoof-signed, frame-able picture of your sponsor horse(s) and a personalized autographed copy of Nita Horn’s new memoir, No Fences: It Started with a Plastic Pony, all about the childhood vision that led to the 280-acre Whispering Ponies Ranch.
Whispering Ponies Ranch is a private retreat center where horses are trained for therapy uses and people of all ages attend by invitation for restorative ministries. All amenities—from food services and lodging to expert recreational and counseling staff—are provided at no cost.
Tom and Nita Horn envisioned WPR as a safe and inspirational environment where people can be rejuvenated or just relax for a few days to get refreshed. The therapy ponies of WPR visit places like veteran centers and care facilities and are used in public schools to help children with learning disabilities. Starting in the Fall of 2016, when the office complex is expected to be finished, groups will be able to use the facility for general retreat purposes (marriage encounters, writers’ breakaways, youth camps, and so on) but, as Dr. Horn says, “The heart and vision for the facility is primarily to focus on those who have somehow been hurt, abandoned, disabled, or abused.”