2019 Platinum Performance
Horse Welfare Awards

Nickname: Myrell
Birth Year: 1996. Gender: Mare. Breed: Westphalian.
Affiliated with Mane Stream, Inc.

From the moment I first walked into the barn and saw Myrell standing on the cross ties, with her kind eyes and lop ears, I immediately had high hopes that she would fit in as part of Mane Stream’s adaptive riding program. She did not disappoint!

Myrell is instrumental to Mane Stream’s program. Not only does she carry our independent riders around the ring at the walk, trot and canter but she is also used for our heavier riders and our more involved riders. As an instructor, I greatly appreciate Myrell's steady attitude. When I am in the middle of the ring teaching I am 100% confident in Myrell. I know that she will do her best to follow directions from her riders that are not always clear or intentional. I can completely trust that she will keep her riders safe.

Myrell loves being in the ring and also loves all the attention she gets from the volunteers. This is proven every time they go to get her from the field when it is time to work. They call her name, her head pops up and she saunters over to them with her lop ears flopping. She is always happy to come in to work.

Myrell is loved by everyone - so much so that one of her riders even has a mural of Myrell painted on her bedroom wall. When we want to show Myrell some extra love we treat her to a banana.

Myrell is now 23 years old. As you can imagine, with a previous career as a dressage horse and being a weight carrier for Mane Stream for the past 7 years, Myrell would greatly benefit from the addition of Platinum Performance to her wellness regime.

Relationship of Nominator to Nominee
I am the Equine Manager, Head Instructor and a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Instructor at Mane Stream in Oldwick, NJ. As part of my job I evaluate all potential horses to determine if they will work well for our participants. In the fall of 2012, I received a phone call from an owner interested in donating her 16 year old, 17+ hand, 4th level dressage horse to our adaptive riding program. -- Jennifer Dermody

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