KJR Azrael

February 9, 1988 – February 2, 2018   Friday February 2nd I said goodbye to my friend and partner of over 20 years for the last time. Az arrived at High Country in 1994 when he was 6 years old. On September 27, 1997, when he was 9, I rode him for the very first time in a lesson. I […] Continue Reading


Earlier this month we had to say goodbye to London as he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We lost him to colic. For everyone who had a chance to meet him, he wasn’t just another “good” horse. London was a truly kind gentleman. He was always willing to overcome new challenges, whether it was working together with his riders or being […] Continue Reading

An Old Friend Returns

I sometimes wonder, if something happened and I wasn’t able to go see my horses for 6 months or a year, would they remember me? A Standardbred named Lady had boarded at the barn for years with daily outdoor turnout in the same pasture as Az and was housed nightly in a stall across the aisle from him. About a […] Continue Reading

Raspberry and Az

A few months ago, we welcomed Rascal into our big HCEC family. Rascal taught countless numbers of young riders in her school horse career and you could hardly find a better partner to start your horseback riding journey. Being caring, patient, and forgiving she quickly earned her new name – Raspberry. With so much experience under her belt, it was […] Continue Reading

Welcome to HCEC blog!

My name is Cheryl. I am a long time border/rider at High Country Equestrian Center, (formerly High Country Stables), part time employee in the barn, and occasional student. I am not a trainer or horse expert in any way, just someone who loves these remarkable animals and wants to share some of the strange or amazing or ridiculous things I […] Continue Reading