Meet the Crew

In memory of Miss “Grandma” Laila

Proudly Sponsored by:  The Women's Giving Group - Phelps County Community Foundation

Sadly, Miss Laila passed away on November 19, 2022. She is definitely missed.  Thank you for your service. Enjoy the greener pastures!

Hello everyone!  My name is Laila. The official pronunciation is with a long "i" sound, because my breed originates from the mountainous regions of western Norway. But the kids call me "Grandma Laila" with a long "a". But I will come to you - no matter how you pronounce my name - when you have a carrot in your hand!

I am quite different from the rest of the LyonHeart herd. My breed is known as a Norwegian Fjord. I am considered a pony, and I am a draft horse, too.  How cool is that!

For many years, I was a camp horse at Timberlake Ranch Camp in Marquette, Nebraska. For the past five years, my home has been with Connie & Don Streeter in Holdrege. In May 2022, I got the fabulous opportunity to help kids, again! It was an adjustment as I had to learn how to live with a herd, again.  Everyone has made me feel so welcome. In fact, both Misty and I are twins - we are both 20 years old.

Bullet

Proudly sponsored by:  Doug & Pam Deterding, Deterdings Pool & Spas

I am the newest member of the four-legged teachers at LyonHeart Equine Assisted Learning.  My birthplace is Centralia, Missouri, I have been a Nebraskan for many years. My previous job was at a feedlot in Erickson, Nebraska. In my spare time, I was teaching a little girl to ride.

My registered name is NM Baker Man (#5012012); however, I prefer to be called Bullet.  As a registered quarter horse, my daddy's name is Whisky Otoe (#2250542), and my mama is Pattys Lil Classic (#3387723). My birthday is May 24, 2007!

The coolest thing is that I am a cousin to a horse (Meg) that my farrier (Bill Potter) once owned.  Unfortunately, she has gone on to greener pastures.

I am liking my new life and new friends at LyonHeart EAL. They have this cool food, they call treats.  I cannot decide if my favorite is carrots, watermelon or the homemade molasses cookies.

In Memory of Frosty

Born: March 17, 1998

Died: June 23, 2018

Frosty was one of the original members of the four-legged Teaching Team.  His journey to us was one with its own challenges.  As a young colt, his ears were frost-bitten during a spring snowstorm.  His unique history earned him the name “Frosty.”  While he was part of our continued success, he also tested the limits.  He loved to be the feisty one, challenging everyone around him. However, he will always be remembered as part of our story’s beginning as a non-profit.  We will always miss his presence!  May he enjoy greener pastures in heaven.

JB

The Official Greeter

I’m the first one to welcome you to our amazing nonprofit!  I’m a ten-year-old black lab (along with a few unknown breeds).  My namesake is JB Mauney, a two-time world championship winning professional bull rider.  Mauney won the World Championship in 2013 and 2015.  He was also quoted as saying, “I love what I do, so it’s not really work for me.”  I feel like this sums up my entire attitude about what we do!  I also love my job of being the first friendly face you see!

Heart of Bleau

Equine Teacher

Proudly sponsored by: Pat & Jayce Lux

Greetings from the tallest member of the team.  Chantey Walker made the decision to donate me to LyonHeart EAL in August of 2018. The children, sometimes, call me the "Gentle Giant" or "Long Neck" because of my height, just over 16 hands high or 64 inches! But don't let my tall stature fool you, my demeanor is still very gentle.  The height comes in handy when reaching over the fence for that yummy grass. As you can see from my picture, I am quite talented at this!

I was born on May 29, 2005, in the state of Washington. My parents were named Bleau Onyx and La Deuce. I have quite the family history. Champions run in my family! My grandfather was a thoroughbred racehorse in Europe. I am a registered American Quarter Horse (#4725067), which means I am three-fourths Quarter Horse and one-fourth thoroughbred.  Because I am an American Quarter Horse, I excel at sprinting short distances, not to brag, but I can outrun most of my fellow equine therapists! In fact, some American Quarter Horses have been clocked of speeds up to 55 m.p.h.  However, my favorite activity is taking long siestas!

Mango

Equine Teacher

Proudly sponsored by:  Jim & Karen Geisler and Jenna & Olivia Beckman

I come in a small package but have a big personality!  I’m 13 years old.   I love being around children and will be one of the first in line to make some new friends. At first glance you may mistake me for a mini horse, but I’m actually a pony.

Since no one knows for sure what my breed is, DNA was sent to Texas. And now we know.  Soon LyonHeart EAL will be launching a fundraiser (in my honor). One that YOU will be able to guess what breed I am and WIN a cool prize!

Stay tuned!

Star

Equine Teacher

Proudly sponsored by: Dan & Alice Buser - Dandee Construction

I’m the other resident pony here at LyonHeart EAL and I am 14 years old.  I have some advantages over my equine cousins.  Ponies like me are usually stockier and stronger than horses.  We also have thicker manes and coats to help protect us from the cold.  This comes in handy during our cold Nebraska winters!

Like my fellow equine therapists, I’m also considered highly intelligent.  Although, at times, my owners have confused this with stubbornness.  I just had to go on record to correct them!  We also have a resident mama horse named Misty.  I like to think I’m a miniature version of her.  Nuzzling and hugs are my favorite hobby!

Misty

Equine Teacher

Proudly sponsored by: Drew & Brittany Blessing

I am the resident mama horse in charge here at LyonHeart EAL.  When you come to visit, you’ll find me spending my days keeping everyone safe.  I’m also one of the original four-legged teachers - a donation from Mick Nelson & Angie Nelson.

At 20 years old, I have a lifetime of accumulated horse wisdom and innate mothering instincts.  My natural color is black, but my mama was registered as a Paint.  Although I didn’t get the Paint coloring from my mama, I did inherit some great characteristics.  The Paint breed is known for its pleasant temperament and ability to adapt to owners of all experience levels.  This makes me a natural at the whole nurturing and empathy thing!