Formerly known as Stormy
Make: Quarter Horse, Foxtrotter, and Arabian?
Body: Cremello gelding
Owner: Joanie Browning
KEC boarder since 2016
Sky came to Joanie Browning, and ultimately to Klamath Equestrian Center, almost by accident. After a visit to the hospital in 2016, and on prednisone, Joanie was approached by fellow KEC boarder, Bobbijo Wheelock. Bobbijo told her that they were going to pick up three horses from Blue Sky Rescue for the Pegasus Project, and asked Joanie whether she’d like to tag along. A medicated Joan agreed. One of the horses was a cute little white gelding who was being called Stormy at the time. One look into those big blue eyes, and Joan was hooked. The rest, as they say, is history.
After considerable ground driving and training, and a few rides by some adventurous volunteers including KEC boarder, Bobbijo Wheelock, Joan was confident enough to climb aboard. Though she had worked and trained race horses for a number of years when she was younger, taking on an energetic, green horse at 66 required a little more caution and preparation, especially when mobility is an issue as it is with Joan. But over 100 successful rides demonstrate that Joanie was up to the task. She has been the sole rider/trainer since that time.
Visitors to KEC may often witness the unique relationship between these two, when Joanie can be seen sitting on a chair in the middle of the round pen as Sky canters around the perimeter. You might also catch a glimpse of Joan riding her bike around the outside of the round pen while Sky obediently trots beside her in the pen. Joanie loves training and learning from him, or just hanging out with him in the outdoor arena.
She admires a number of professional trainers like RFD-TV’s Chris Cox, and Clinton Anderson, and gets lots of tips from KEC rider/trainers like Bobbijo and Samantha. About being a member of the KEC family, Joanie remarks, “KEC is simply GREAT! Everyone is so helpful, and you can count on them to look out for you and your horse.”