Our Horses

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Lady

Lady is a 27 year old quarter horse mare, but she certainly doesn’t act her age! Lady was Mark’s first horse. She was bought at an auction as a six-year-old, because Mark “thought she was pretty.” Lady is blossoming in her golden years at the horse park, and occasionally takes guests for trail rides.

Checkers and Lady at Christmas, 2014.
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Checkers

Checkers is a 14 year old quarter horse gelding. He was bred by Mark and has lived at Bolender Horse Park his entire life.very tired checkers

Checkers has done nearly every activity a horse can do, including jumping, Police Horse training, mounted shooting, and working cows in addition to Mountain Trail.

Checkers is an excellent teacher to both riders and other horses. He enjoys guiding horses through Mountain Trail obstacles and showing them what they need to do. Horses at clinics and shows follow the example of an excellent partnership between Mark and Checkers.

 Joselito

Joselito is a Peruvian gelding bred by La Estancia Alegre in New Mexico and owned by Lee Bolender. The La Estancia Alegre breeding farm is home to many successful Peruvians. The farm states, “we breed first for strength, disposition, and gait. If we have the gait, we expect conformation to follow. With all of these things combined~ the beauty comes naturally.”

Mark Bolender has designed a trail course for La Estancia Alegre, and teaches clinics there frequently. La Estancia Alegre also holds Mountain Trail Challenges on their course.