Although you would never guess it, Bud was born in 1999 and is 18 years old. He has been at the Lancers since he was three and has undoubtedly always been a barn favourite.
As a Clyde-Thoroughbred cross, Bud is one of our largest horses standing at 17.1 hands, yet he is respectful of even the smallest rider.
Bud’s show name “Shrek” came from the much beloved green ogre. Over the years he has led the musical ride, competed in 3’6 in hunters and jumpers and has taught both adults and children. Recently he has been trained to participate in HALTR (the Halifax Area Leisure and Therapeutic Riding Association) lessons that enable members in the community with special needs to experience the joy of horses.
Bud was chosen as our Featured Horse of the Month because of his impressive disposition and service. He can always be depended upon to be a trustworthy and reliable horse for our beginner riders yet is still used today in our advanced lessons.
Despite all the wisdom Bud has gained and shared throughout his years, he is still physically fit and just as agile as he was in his younger days. That we have many names on a wait list to give Bud a retirement home speaks to his character. But above all, Bud is still extremely happy doing his job!
It is little wonder that our Head Coach calls him “Mr. Wonderful” and that he is very much well loved by all Lancers.