Happy New Year!

We hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season!katies-gift

We received this gift from a friend of ThorpeWood.

It’s in a shadowbox frame. The text is a quote from Jan Struthers.

“Physical weather certainly is beyond our control. But human weather – the psychological climate of the world – is not beyond our control. The human race is its own rain and its own sun.”

Our friend noted “ThorpeWood is that Sun.”

What an honor and a privilege to be the Sun to some of our friends. We hope we get to shine upon you this upcoming year!


*Note the creative and lovely horse rock sculpture made from small stones taken from our pastures.


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17th Annual Holiday Open House – December 10th!

Our Open House is a week away and we’ve been busy getting ThorpeWood decked out for the holidays!

20161202_100611Our tree is up and decorated! The tree came from the northwest mountains in North Carolina. It’s a 16 foot Frazer Fir. As usual, each year at the open house, if you guess the correct number of lights on the tree you win a night’s stay in our Little Pond Cottage.

Come warm up next to the fire with a cup of hot cider and some baked confections from our cookie buffet!

Santa will be visiting from 5pm to 7pm and children can enjoy storytime, crafts and can help decorate a tree in our tree room.

Enjoy music from local area musicians!

3:00-3:35 – David Selby & Friends

3:34 – 4:20 – The Windtalker (Native American flute)

4:30 – 5:05 – The Scrub Pines (American/Roots)

5:15 – 5:50 – Melissa Main & Friends

6:00 – 6:35 – Alicia & Mike Nunez

6:45 – 7:20 – Peter Roebuck (piano)

7:30 – 8:00 – Todd Walker – to wrap it up!

Reservations are not required. This is a freee event, however, we ask that you contribute to our cookie buffet and bring your favorite cookies (we recommend 2 dozen).

Happy Holidays!

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News from ThorpeWood

edited-walkway-thru-arboretumThe Fall Season is upon us and as usual Mother Nature did not disappoint. Although the picture to your right was taken after peak foliage, the fall colors are still quite vibrant.

The season also  brings back our Head Start friends and we are all so very happy to have them back, even the horses.

Fandi decided to greet our Head Start Friends when they arrived one morning.

Fandi decided to greet our Head Start Friends when they arrived one morning.

We are very happy to introduce new additions to the farm, two Nubian goats, Flint and Arrow. They are very friendly and enjoy being around the humans and horses.2016_1030_16533800







Dur20161109_111324ing a short break from Head Start we hosted a long time friend of ours and Icelandic Horse Trainer, Steinar Sigurbjornsson. Steinar  developed a way of working with horses to restore their natural, intrinsic motivation for proud, fluid, agile movement. The technique is called Intrinzen. Learn more here (definetly check out some of the videos!).  In this photo Steinar is teaching Vinur how to do “crunches”, an exercise to help strengthen his back muscles. Vinur’s posture had become poor and was causing an excessive downward curvature in his spine referred to as swayback.  This condition created an imbalance in Vinur’s walk and he began to trip often. After a little instruction Vinur will soon be doing crunches on his own in the pasture. Later he will learn two walks, the “badass walk” and the “panther walk”, all directed to horse play and horse autonomy. It’s exciting work, or shall I say play, for human and horse! 

We’ll end the year with our Annual Holiday Open House. Please join us on December 10th from 3pm to 8pm. Come warm up with a steaming cup of hot cider next to our roaring filit up TWreplace, listen to live music from local Frederick musicians, and enjoy holiday treats prepared by staff and friends, a visit from Santa (4p-6p), holiday cheer, and a spectacular tree! See our Events page for more information.

Happy Holidays from all your friends here at ThorpeWood!



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My name is Garpur. I am a 7 year old gelding (boy horse) here at Stoney Lick Farm. My name means “Hero”.  My coat color is Dark Chestnut which is a reddish brown.

Miss Joy has nicknamed me ‘Curious George’ because I am very curious about life and like to investigate anything new here at Stoney Lick Farm. I also like to be in the middle of the action! I like hanging out at the tack room window (also known as the Drive-In Window). Sometimes I find things at the window to play with or eat, like a magazine or Miss Joy’s lunch.

"I helped Miss Joy open this bag of shavings. The shavings went everywhere, even in my hair!"

“I helped Miss Joy open this bag of shavings. The shavings went everywhere, even in my hair!”


I like to play with my horse friends, especially Stormur, we’re the same age, you know? Here’s a picture of me playing with Snudder and Stormur.  When boy horses play like this it is called gelding games.

Miss Joy and Miss Katie ride me often so I can get exercise. Sometimes I don’t pay attention to my rider because I love looking all around the trail.  I’m learning to pay better attention while my riding buddy and I are out on the trail.

I look forward to you visiting and to watching you enjoy the farm like I do!



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Hi Beautiful Friends!Copy of Thokkidus

My name is Thokkadis! I am a 12 year old mare (female). My coat color is Dun Pink Chestnut. But if you look at my picture you can see I am not pink! The Dun means I have a dark stripe down my back from mane to my tail.  The Pink Chestnut color is light reddish brown.  Also my mane is blonde.

 I like to be the leader of all the horses. I like to be the first in line to eat too. When Miss Joy rides me I can get very energetic but I’m a lot calmer when I am just hanging out in the paddocks. I like to watch all the people come and go here at ThorpeWood.2016_1024_19103800


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Hi friends!

My name is Vinur.vinur-tongue-2 I am a 17 year old gelding (boy horse) Icelandic Horse. My name means friend. My coat color is Pinto, like Stormur and Bylgja (or Billie). I am white and dark brown.

Some of my favorite things to do are eat, hang out with my horse and human friends, get petted and brushed and dance.  This picture has me next to the drive-up window where I sometimes find treats or other things to eat at the window.

I am looking forward to meeting and hanging out with new friends this school year!vinur-tongue-1

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Geysir (Gay-zer)

Hi Kids!

My name is Geysir. geyserI’m a 19 year old gelding (boy horse). I was one of the first horses to come to Stony Lick farms 12 years ago. I was born in Iceland where they have lots of geysers. A geyser is a hole in the ground that shoots out hot water and steam. I was named after the geysers in Iceland. My coat color is silver dapple which is similar to the  color of moving water.

I enjoy all my horse buddies here on the farm but, I am particularly fond of my stall mate, Fandi. I love being brushed when people come visit the farm.  I promise to be very still if you’ll brush me when you visit.



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Snudder (Snoo-der)

Hi Friends!

My name is Snudder but some people call me by the nickname,  Snuddy (Snoo-dee).snudder-1 I am a 21 year old gelding (boy horse). My coat color is chestnut. I’m reddish brown like a chestnut. I have white numbers on my back. These are identification numbers and helped my first owner to be able to tell me apart from other chestnut colored horses on the farm.

I love being around lots of people and enjoy being part of the group.ealkids I like to have pictures taken of me with the friends who come visit Stoney Lick Farm.

There is one thing you need to know about me:TW outdoor school image “Snudder is my name and dancing is my game!” For the last 4 years I have enjoyed dancing with the Head Start kids when they come to visit us. I look forward to dancing with you on the last day of your visit, graduation day. 

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Glampi (Glom-pee)

My name is Glampi, I am a 21 year old gelding (boy glampi-1horse).  My name means gleam, glitter or twinkle. My coat is bright white and I have blue eyes.

I love to roll around upside down in the fields. My gleaming white coat gets really dirty. Miss Joy sometimes calls me muddy piggy when she tries to brush me clean.  I’m looking forward to having you brush me clean when you visit me at Stoney Lick Farm.







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Hrifandi (Hair-fan-dee) or Fandi

Hello. My name is Hrifandi (Hair-fandy). But thefandi humans on Stoney Lick Farm call me Fandi. My name means gentleman. I am a 21 year old gelding (boy horse).  I am very kind and considerate  when I spend time with my horse and people friends. I also enjoy spending time alone.  My coat color is called Blue Dun. But I don’t look blue do I?

I have allergies that make me itch so I sometimes scratch myself on the fences and stalls.  You might see me doing this when you visit me at Stoney Lick Farm.  I hope you will brush me when you come because it feels really good and helps stop my itches.

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