Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Ponies with PhDs

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

I’ve been lucky enough to sit on a lot of different kinds of horses through my career, first as a groom and latterly as a journalist. (You’d be surprised how many horses that gets you legged up onto, actually!) I’ve learned something from all of them, whether they were fresh off the track or being backed for the first time, or whether I was trot-setting five-star horses, taking horses in training out for some remedial hunting, or competing my own horse. But something that’s always a really special, educational moment is getting the chance to ride a horse that knows a hell of a lot more than I do. Often, it’s a great humbler — particularly if you’re sitting on an international horse in front of its usual rider! — but by the time you’ve worked out all the buttons, you’ll know you’ve seriously levelled up, and it’s always so much fun, too. That’s why I’ve been quietly browsing through all the very educated horses currently for sale or lease on Sport Horse Nation and daydreaming about picking up joyriding as a hobby. Let’s start with a real ‘wow’ one, shall we?

⭐️4star Horse⭐️ Ready to win

⭐️Advanced Horse⭐️

#LetitbeLee 14yo 16.2 tb Gelding

Super mover and jumper. Competitive on the flat with scores in the 20’s at the 4star. Simple to ride. I think he would be happiest showing someone the ropes. Would be perfect for a young rider wanting to come up the levels and be competitive. Hilarious personality in the barn. Sound

Most notable placings
2021 Jersey Fresh 4star Long 17th
2021 Terra Nova 4star Short 5th
2022 Tryon International 3star short 2nd (finished on dressage score)

This is a hard decision and only the perfect 5* home considered.

Reddick, FL


Training/modified level packer for your consideration.

Rain is a 16’2 big bodied homebred TB. This 14 year old guelding has over 5 years of Prelim miles in him and is ready to show an AA or junior the ropes wheither they want to event, stick to jumping or dance in the dressage ring. He’ll gladly take you training/modified, and bring home a ribbon everytime.

He moves beautifully in the sand ring and has a nice soft mouth. Honest as they come in stadium, and always tries his best to get you out of trouble. You could let him autopilot around cross country and he’d be overjoyed. He would be just as happy casually loping around a course, or showing off his engine – whatever you’d like… as long as he gets bananas across the finish line. Not an ounce of “strong” in him. He’s up for anything. Want to go on a hunt? Jump that scary intermediate table? Race against snowmobiles? Hack bareback and bridless? Stay in the crossties for hours and not move a muscle? Go swimming? The answer is yes.

He is a solid citizen. He hacks well – Prefers to stay in a group but will gladly take you out on an adventure on his own if that’s your thing. He clips, bathes, ties, loads like a charm and gets along with mares as well as gueldings (maybe too much of a ladies’ man, lol).

He’s still got lots of miles left, is eager to go out everytime and quite low maintenance considering age/experience. He loves to please and will make his next partner very happy. I love him to pieces, and I have no doubt his next owner will too. He’s captured the hearts of many along the way, and if it wasn’t for graduate school and finances I’d keep this guy for a lifetime.

Serious Inquiries ONLY, please text for more information. 5* home is paramount.

Kingston, ON

About Time Too~ Super Honest and Fancy Training Packer

About Time Too
2009 16.2h Bay Canadian Sport Horse Gelding
By Timebreaker (X Heartbreaker)

Ty is an absolute dream. A Training packer, qualified for a 2*-L. He is simply wonderful to compete, ride, and as honest as they come in all jumping phases. He is also, simply, for sale bc he is not careful enough in SJ at Prelim and higher.

He is easy to SJ and regularly jumps clean at Training and below, so we feel he is best suited to bring another rider up the levels, or give confidence to just about any lower level rider wanting to go as high as modified, competitively. He will certainly go Prelim, but rails would be anticipated.

Sound, ready to go, competing at Training currently, where he is in his element!

Sensible enough to take someone from Starter on up the levels- not hot, or electric in any way, and has a great lead change and rhythm/balance. Fancy on the flat, loves to horse show, a very sad sale that is about placing him in the job he would like best!

Aiken, SC

Experienced packer

16.3 hh TB gelding. Previously competed thru intermediate, most recently ridden by junior who won at training level. He’s pretty fancy on the flat and I’ve also won at 2nd level dressage. He’s pretty powerful, but very well schooled. Currently still owned by his breeders, they’re quite attached to him so a great home is paramount!

Cochranville, PA

Upper Level Horse, Looking for Step-Down.

DGE Themanintheglass

2007 15.2 hand chunk. Riley has been my partner since his 6-year-old year, and has competed for many, many years at the upper levels. He proved to be one of the most fantastic jumping horses, and tremendously helped cultivate and refine my skills at the upper levels. He is incredibly well-trained, although does have a Napoleon complex where he believes we are all peasants living in his world. If not in a consistent program, he can spook.. although he is quite good about knowing “who” is on his back. For example, when I teach beginner/intermediate lessons on him he barely canters, and then when a more advanced rider gets on him he can throw a random lead change in if you aren’t riding the counter-canter correctly.

He is sold 3rd-level dressage with changes, although they are not “show-ready” right now.

With his experience, comes wear and tear on his body. He has had joint injections, has kissing spine which hasn’t been an issue with correct riding and maintenance and has rehabbed a suspensory this year. All veterinary history is happy to be disclosed and discussed.

I’m looking for the “next step” in Riley’s step down from the UL. He is currently being used in lessons but prefers having one rider. I would like to find him a home where he can compete at the training level and below, and flourish as a professor. I imagine he would be a phenomenal horse for a strong D3/C level rider to learn from.

If he sticks around, I’ll be using him for my bronze medal scores. I have no problem keeping him, but I acknowledge that his skills would be valued elsewhere while I work with the next generation of horses.

Lots of videos are available, price is reflective of wanting a perfect home and knowing his veterinary history. 20k, available at Sykesville, MD.

Videos of competing:

And I do have videos of him with more beginner students as well, but they are on my phone and I’m not tech-savvy enough to figure out how to upload them here.

Sykesville, MD

Seasoned Event Horse with 2* Mileage


2009, Irish Sport Horse Mare
(Master Imp x Shanbo Happisfied)

ChitChat is a lovely mare and has been professionally produced to give a great feel in all rings. She is incredibly kind, genuine, bold and straight forward with a snaffle mouth, and goes happily forward and is light off the leg. You can take a day off and get on the next day and have the same horse, day in and day out. She is balanced and correct over fences, with an easy rhythm and has never had a XC jump fault since being imported! Has competed through the 2* level and would be great for someone looking for a been there done that horse to help you get more experience.

Located in Aiken, SC
Priced at $45,000

2* Packer and Hunter Winner – Do it all in style!

Absolute gem of a horse searching for her next partner. Lily can-do quite literally anything you’d like. Horses like this don’t come along often. Lily is a homebred of Emily Beshear’s, and has been developed within her program. She has been competitive through the two star level in eventing, but is also completely happy to tone it down and win the 3 foot division and hack in good company at the next hunter show. Could easily just do dressage with scores regularly in the 20’s, or straight jumpers with her handiness and technique over fences. The sweetest temperament and very well trained, Lily tries hard to please in everything she does and always brings a smile to your face. Lily is the perfect age and size – 8 years old, 15.3 hh with a broad barrel that takes up your leg. Lily is a homebred Thoroughbred cross by Tavistock. Full set of radiographs available.

Somerset, VA

Lovely, Kind Low Level Packer

FGF One Last Chance aka “Chauncey” is an 8 year old 16 hand OTTB Gelding with a heart of gold. Has been competing Novice with his amateur owner in South Carolina and Georgia for the last few years and since coming to Colorado in July 2022 had a competitive 6th place finish at Novice up at Rebecca Farms and made the move up to Training with a double clear cross country in August. Super scopey, kind, will jump anything you point him at. We believe he would excel as a Novice and below packer but that doesn’t mean you can’t play with the height in the ring! All the scope is there. Gets along with any horse, doesn’t have to be ridden everyday, perfect at the trailer (in or out) all day long, and goes in a rubber D-ring. We ADORE this horse and will happily keep him in our program until the perfect match comes along. Only being sold as owner is currently no longer riding. Offers considered for an easy sale and to the perfect home. Good hock/back/stifle X-rays available from late July/early August.

Fort Collins, CO

Advanced/3* winner lease

Available for an on site lease in Northern Virginia, Olney Uncle Sam is a winner all the way through the levels. At 15 he is ready to show someone the ropes. He has consistently scored in the 20s in the dressage. Super fun nippy type horse cross country and reliable show jumper. Kick ride, snaffle in all 3 phases.

Lovettsville, VA

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