The Virginia therapy horse is feted with carrot cake and lots of love

By People Staff
Updated April 12, 2010 09:45 PM

If they say that 30 is the new 20, then Peaches the horse must be feeling pretty good about now. The beloved therapy horse (real name: Peachy Keen) turned 30 this weekend, and to celebrate, she received a tiara, some carrot cake – and lots of hugs!

The Arabian-Welsh cross pony has worked at the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (NVTRP) for 15 years, helping children and adults to boost balance, coordination and muscular strength, as well as social skills. “She uses her intuition to help riders work through their challenges,” executive director Breeana Bornhorst says. “She has a natural way of knowing what a rider needs.”

Helping people with disabilities, veterans and at-risk youths from all walks of life, the esteemed equine’s work has not gone unnoticed; in fact, she nabbed a “Horse of the Year” title in 2002 from the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. And in her spare time, she travels to events all throughout Virginia, promoting NVTRP’s mission to the public. “She holds a special place in our hearts for her service to the community,” Bornhorst says.

Though she’s hit the big 3-0, Peaches shows no signs of slowing down. NVTRP hopes to move her to Little Full Cry Farm in Clifton, Va. – a portion of which they recently purchased – where she can continue to spend her days working and playing with other four-legged friends.