Hopper

"Hopper" was the horse who started it all. He took Mara all the way from young riders to the 1996 Olympics.While he could be a bit naughty, his talent and heart more than made up for it. He lived a long, spoiled life at Willow Bend and currently lays at rest in his favorite sunny spot on the hill. 

Here to Stay

The red-headed "Freddie" has personality and talent to spare. Unfortunately sidelined young due to injury, he carried Mara to several 3 and 4 star events here and overseas before being retired. He now lives at Willow Bend with Good Stuff living a spoiled life. 

Good Stuff

"Good Stuff" might look like a big black pony, but he had talent to spare. He and Mara share a special bond, and his ability to infuriate his grooms by refusing to be caught by anyone other than Mara is a testament to his love for her.  He is retired at Willow Bend and lives a charmed life of green grass, a big shed and good friends.

Nicki Henley

Packing a lot of personality into a rather small frame; "Nick" was known for his combination of amazing dressage as well as his aggressive jumping style. His career highlights include:
2010 Red Hills CIC 3 Star~ Champion
2009 Plantation CIC 3 Star~ Top Ten Finish
2007 Pan American Games~ Individual Team Member
2007 Jersey Fresh 3 Star~ Top Five Finish
2006 AEC Advanced~ Reserve Champion

Nick was retired due to injury and lives with his former groom competing at 3rd level dressage and the occasional jumping derby when he chooses to. He is spoiled rotten.

High Patriot

The tall, handsome "Riot" came to Mara in 2008. A quirky gelding with jump to spare, his career highlights include:
2010 Rolex Kentucky CCI 4 Star~ Finisher
2010 Fork Horse Trials Advanced ~ Top Ten Finish
2009 Richland Park CIC 3 Star~ Top Five Finish
2009 Wits End CIC 3 Star~ Top Ten Finish
2009 Bromont CCI 3 Star~ Top Five Finish
2009 Jersey Fresh CIC 3 Star~ Reserve Champion
Riot is currently cleaning up at the Novice level after being retired from upper level competition

Funmaker

This diminutive bay "Dennis" came to Mara as a cheeky youngster in 2009. His small size was balanced by his great jump. His career highlights include:
2012 Richland Park Advanced~ Top Five Finish
2011 Galway Downs CCi 3 Star~ Top Twenty Finish
2011 Richland Park CIC 3 Star~ Top Fifteen Finish
2011 Bromont CCI 3 Star~ Top Twenty Finish
2010 Fair Hill CCI 2 Star~ Top Ten Finish
2010 Virginia HT CCi 1 Star~ Top Five Finish

Past Partners


Congo Brazzaville C


Congo is a very exciting horse for Mara, with all the pieces to be the next big horse. Brave on the cross country, with great show jumping technique and lovely movement on the flat, he is a horse to watch. With a successful year spring move up to Advanced, culminating in a top 5 finish at Jersey Fresh CIC***, he is definitely one to watch this fall!

Coolcorron Kinsale "Liam"

"Liam" is an incredibly talented and handsome Irish bred eventer. He and Mara's partnership was just blossoming when the decision had to be made to sell him. He was found a great home and is looking forward to some lower level competitions with his new owner.

Current Competitors

Wish I Am


"Harry" is a five year old Dutch/Hanovarian bred gelding who has done a few Young Event Horse classes in England. Although very green, his scope, attitude and talent caught Mara's eye. They are successfully forging a lovely partnership as they progress up the levles. (photo credit- Mary Pat Stone)