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Breed:  American Standardbred

Gender: Gelding

Color: Dark Bay

Birthdate: February 28, 1999

Height: 16.5h

Pawnee is used for the veterans programs and a walk trot lesson horse for more experienced riders.  He is well mannered to use for beginners in hand and our first choice for showing examples.  He has done well in our day camps and parades.

      Pawnee Facts:

  • Gene says “Harry” was his favorite and still keeps in touch to this day! 

  • Despite his injury, he loves to have his face brushed.

  • We dont ask Pawnee to canter. (He was taught to be a trotter)

  • Pawnee can be a bit shy at times, but as ambassador of Courage Rock, he has a way of touching your heart.

  • Pawnee’s favorite treats are apples, carrots, watermelon, and spearmint lifesaver’s candy.

Pawnee  (Our Ambassador)

Pawnee is a dark bay 16.5h standard bred and an original horse at Courage Rock.  He came to Courage Rock in September 2017 and was a gift from Solid Rock Stable in Uniontown, OH.

He started his career as a Trotter in Harness Racing.  He was bought as a yearling by retired Army 1st Armored Division 5th Battalion 6th Infantry (1963-1966) Sgt. Gene Zylko.

Pawnee’s race name was Busy Exchange and nicknamed “Harry”.  Gene says “Harry” very much liked to race and remembers a time when his head pole came off during a race flying all over the place and “Harry” never missed a step even during the blizzard.  Unfortunately “Harry” had a few injuries that ultimately ended his career about the age of seven.  Gene owned Harry about 12 years before he was given to a gentlemen that needed a sturdy trail horse and was re-named Pawnee. 

Not long after he was at his new home at Solid Rock, Pawnee was spooked and accidentally ran into a pole, crushing his sinus cavity, which has caused the unusual shape of his face and his tear duct to constantly drain.   Pawnee would not be with us today if not for the patience and love from individuals that had faith he would overcome this injury.  We at Courage Rock will be forever grateful for those that had believed in him as Pawnee is unique and will find a special place in your heart as he has ours.


Pawnee pictured with retired Sgt. Gene Zylko after their win in November, 2004 at Northfield Park (now known as Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park) in Northfield, OH

Our Mission is to engage and develop the relationship between humans and the therapeutic energy of a horse to strengthen the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of ones life.

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