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Elephants, Zebras and READING IS MAGIC, Oh My

Smallest Horses In The World

Magical Moments Fashion Show

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Becoming a Therapy Horse or READING IS MAGIC Horse

MAGIC

RAINBOW

SUNDANCE

ANGEL

   Introducing   CHAPS

MUSIC

CIRCUS

SPARKLE

FLAME

ECLIPSE

STARLIGHT

MILKY WAY

WHISTLE

FEATHER

SCOOTER

HOLLYWOOD

MOONBEAM

STARDUST

DREAMER

FIREFLY

RAIN DANCE

STORMY

PRINCESS

LACE

BLAZING STAR

SPLASH

CANDY

SUMMER

MELODY

SHADOW

HOPE

ROCKET

SILVER

MAGIC MAN'S ON DEMAND

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Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Your donations are tax deductible. Help bring books to life for children.

Gentle Carousel Inc.

P.O. Box 1672

High Springs, FL  32655

Phone: 352-226-9009

ReadingIsMagic1@gmail.com

 

  Rainbow in a huddle with two time Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Phil Simms.

"Keep up the wonderful work you do.  I often tell people that Lassie was the first therapy dog--the first to be allowed in hospitals more than 50 years ago!"      

Jon Provost, Appeared as Timmy Martin on Lassie

"...Gentle Carousel, you are wonderful, gentle, caring people! "

Marlo Thomas, Actress, producer, best selling author, four-time Emmy winner and activist for children's causes

Rainbow with THE DUKES OF HAZZARD star Tom Wopat.

Sundance reading at a Boys and Girls Club with former NFL and University of Florida  quarterback Doug Johnson for an Associated Press photo and literacy poster.

 

Gentle Carousel was selected a charity partner in Disney's volunteer program "Give a Day. Get a Day."

"Your Reading Is Magic program and volunteers are heroes every time they walk into a school or library.  Using little miniature horses to inspire young children to read is most creative.  Congratulations on your wonderful charity, spirit and service to your community."

 William J. Bennett, Former Secretary of Education

Magic was selected AARP's Most Heroic Pet In America and appeared in two AARP magazines.

James Gurney, Best-selling author and illustrator of the Dinotopia book series.  

 

 

Canine movie star Benji working with Magic.

"What they are doing is just so incredible.  They are making a difference. These people are the real deal.  They are down there in the trenches doing it."

Joe Camp, film writer, producer, director, bestselling author and man behind canine superstar Benji.

"Gentle Carousel...  Thank you for all of your hard work!"

Joan Lundon, Journalist, author and television host

 Magic with four-time Olympian and ten-time US Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year, Karen O'Connor.

 

Magic with David O'Connor, president of the United States Equestrian Federation, Olympic gold medalist and Pan American Games and World Equestrian Games medalist.

Life in the Galloping Lane, O'Connor

Gentle Carousel was featured in Woman's World magazine.

 

"Reading Is Magic!

Every child you inspire to read is a life forever changed. Thank you for that and for bringing books to life...It can take you from outer space to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Either way, the journey is magical.

...Wow.  Love those little horses... Great job you're doing.  I'm proud of you." 

-Homer Hickam, #1 New York Times Bestselling author and NASA engineer  

"What you have to get across is that these are highly trained horses. They go into an environment, a situation, circumstances where only a trained horse such as this can navigate himself... They seem to have an innate sense of how to go to the person they are there to comfort."

 Ilene Silverman, Executive producer and host of the The Ilene Silverman Show.

"...I think that the use of horses is wonderful for children with self-regulation and attachment issues (the classic problems with so many children in the CPS system as you are aware)...Keep up your work. With  Respect"

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.Senior Fellow
The Child Trauma Academy 

 

"...I just wanted to take the opportunity to write you a letter expressing my amazement with your miracle miniature horse "Magic". As I read about all the miraculous things that have happened in her presence, I was absolutely stunned. It is amazing that despite the modern marvels of medicine and how much that field has advanced in my lifetime, that sometimes there remains an unexplained element to health and recovery that is covered by miraculous creatures like your horse..."

Senator Steve Oelrich

"Magic and Gentle Carousel, Inspiring children to read is magical. You are making a difference."

 Chris Soentpiet, Acclaimed children's book author and illustrator

Presenting a library with one of the signed posters donated by Christ Soentpiet to Reading Is Magic.

 "My own daughter, who has Down Syndrome has been touched by Magic. I have been able to see first hand what these animals can do just with my own child...This program benefits so many different population bases. They can reach the elderly, the terminally ill, children with developmental disabilities, children with needs in reading...there are just so many opportunities to reach so many people in need..."

Lance Block, Chairman for the Governor's Commission on Disabilities

"What 'Reading Is Magic' does for kids by going into schools and igniting excitement for reading a story is beyond compare.  Keep the hoof beats going."

Carl Joseph, author and Hall of Fame athlete

 

"What an honor and thrill to have Gentle Carousel's Sundance as a riveting character in JASON AND ELIHU."

Shelley Fraser Mickle, Award winning author and National Public Radio commentator  

Sundance smiles for a fan then kisses one of his photos in the novel JASON AND ELIHU as an autograph.

 "You have a wonderful program. Thank you for bringing joy to children... Keep reading! It is magic!"

Anna Grossnickle Hines, Author and illustrator of over 50 children's books.

 

"...You are making magic everyday with each child you help..."

Dianne Ochiltree, Author

"...Thank you for all the work you do...Reading is Magic!"

Linda Sue Park, Bestselling author and Newbery Medal Winner

 

Reading Is Magic on television.

 

Jessica Burkhart, Author of the Canterwood Crest book series and Magic.

"Reading Is Magic,

Thank you for helping children learn to read...

- Michael Storrings"

 

 

 Magic Man On Demand

2004 27.5"  AMHA/AMHR Jet Black Frame Overo with Two Blue Eyes

 "Demand" is a special part of our program.  He is the father of four of our current Reading Is Magic horses. Demand has produced tiny, show quality foals with flashy color and amazing blue eyes. He also passes on his wonderful, gentle personality.

 

"Demand" is the father of STARDUST:

Distant Thunder Stardust On Demand

 AMHA/AMHR  Medicine Hat Frame Overo with Two Blue Eyes

 

"Demand" is the father of MAGIC:

Strebor Black Magic On Demand

 AMHA/AMHR Jet Black with 3/4 Apron Face and Two Blue Eyes

 

"Demand" is the father of MUSIC:

Strebor Demandtastic

 AMHA/AMHR Black Overo with Two Blue Eyes

 

 

"Demand" is the father of FIREFLY:

Distant Thunder Defying Gravity

 AMHA/AMHR Black Overo with Two Blue Eyes

 

Demand is the son of:

Magic Man of LTD's

19 Times National and Reserve National Champion

National Grand Champion Producer

 

 

Pedigree for Demand

Sire

MAGIC MAN OF LTDS

1990 32.50" Black Roan Rabicano Medicine hat Frame Overo Pinto Pinto

19 Times National and Reserve National Champion

 National Grand Champion Producer

 19 National and Reserve National Titles, in 3 registries by winning the Country Pleasure Driving, Versatility, Hunter, Halter, Get of Sire, Ideal Pinto Driving and Multi-Color Classes.  To date, he and his get have earned over 140 National/Reserve National Titles and hundreds of Top Tens.
 

 

Sire

u N SHREDDER

1987 32" Black Pinto

Reserve National Champion Amateur Stallion/ Many Times Grand

 

Sire

SONRISAS HAJEL

1971 33.25" Chestnut Tovero

Sire of 5 National Champions

Dam

GYPSY

34.5 "

Dam

WENDY
36" White

AMHR Superior Dam

Dam of Multiple HOF's and National Champions and National Champion producing get, including LTD's Magic Man, LTD's Magical Mystery, LTD's Color Broker and LTD's Silverado

Sire

 SAMPLE

1966

 

Dam

DOUBLE A CHEYANNE

1996 30" Solid Buckskin

Multiple National Top Ten Winner and National Champion Producing Dam

Cheyanne is the dam of Unanimous Multiple National Champion
Magic Man's Fashionably Dun

 

 

Sire

MAGNOLIA FARMS COWBOY BLUE

1990 31.5" Solid Palomino

 

 1

Sire

 SLIGO LITTLE STORMY

1975 29" Solid White

Sire

SLIGO SAM

1972 28" Solid Chestnut

Dam

SLIGO SNOWFLAKE

1969 33" Solid White

 

Dam

MAGNOLIA FARMS RUBY RED

1986 31" Solid Sorrel

 

 
Sire

I

Shadow Oaks Cock Robin

1982 30.5" Chestnut Appaloosa

Son of:

Chianti

Dam

MAGNOLIA FARMS RUBY

1978 30" Dapple Grey

Dam

MI MIS MIDNITE MIRACLE

1990 33" Solid Buckskin

 

 

Sire

SNOW FIRES SILVERADO

1986 30.5" Solid Buckskin

Sire

SNOW FIRES SILVER CHIEF

1983 32.25" Solid Grey

Dam

SNOW FIRES PALOMA BLANCA

1976 33" Solid White

 

Dam

BEAUTYS AUTUMN STAR

1986 34" Solid Buckskin 

 

Sire

STUD MACHO

1976 32.5" Black Pinto

son of

SHADOW OAKS PAUL BUNYAN  

Dam

SILVER BEAUTY

1976 34" Dapple Grey

Gentle Carousel's READING IS MAGIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Your donations are tax deductible.

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." ~Winston Churchill