About Stargazer Stables,LLC
Veterans Art and Farm Therapy is a charity extension of Stargazer Stables designed by Sonya Allen and Mary Ernst in 2015. As a trained art therapist, riding instructor, and owner of Stargazer Stables, Mrs. Allen decided to develop a way for veterans to experience the helpful therapeutic benefits of art and farm activities. The animals on the farm have years of experience working with active children and are super quiet and patient for the veterans.
Many people prefer "Doing" verses "Talking" and need a supportive environment to work through their personal issues.
Veterans Art and Farm provides this opportunity through 4 programs designed to promote emotional growth.
Above: Art and Horse Camp child with her Navy dad. Families with mental health problems needed more activities to do together and my time as a camp director showed me this growing concern.
Below: Veteran and Director at Veteran Art and Farm Therapy: Daniel C. Allen
Veterans Art and Farm Therapy allows people to go outside, interact with other veterans and experience the joys of nature. Giving veterans structure at a therapatuc facility yet the freedom to explore the beauty of a farm and its natural environment releases pent-up negative emotions opening the way for positive emotional healing.
Help a Veteran:
1057 West Road
Chesapeake, VA 23323
Monday - Friday
4:30pm to 7:00 pm
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sunday by Appointment
Theraputic Staff Animals
Sugar's Sweet Revenge
Sugar is a favorite for small adults under 125 lbs and kids. He drives a cart, rides bareback and likes trail rides. He has small man attitude and thinks he's the boss of the other horses.
One Eyed Jack
Jack is a dark bay National Show Horse Civil War reenactment Veteran. He lost his eye at age 5 to an aggressive horse running him into a tree. He has a knack for knowing when people are nervous and taking it easy with them.
Jill is the trusted friend of anyone who is nervous around "big animals". She is a dark bay mare and as gentle as she is sweet. She stays near Jack, as he protects her from other horses. She shares her food with even Mascovy ducks.
Stormy is a large black mare. She is a large Percheron x Morgan. She is a rescue horse and excellent with children and adults. She is the lead mare of the herd and Sugar considers her his girlfriend.
Moscovy ducks are extremely gentle and allow people to pick them up and carry them around. They wag their tail like a dog and fly over when food is offered. They are from South America and are great egg layers.
When the coyotees don't get them in the winter, we have a variety of chicken types including these Rhode Island Reds. More exotic breeds like American's and Silkies are also on the property.
Larry, Moe and Curly
These three pygmy goats are the comic relief of the farm. They run the place begging for handouts and jumping off of high objects.
Esprit is a retired chestnut Thoroughbred racehorse. She is a newbie at the farm and in her previous life was a 4-H champion jumper. She will trot with people all day long and loves to jump.
CC is the daughter of Jill. Jill was pregnant when we bought her. This little mare also had locked stiffles which she luckly outgrew with exercise and care. She is now a favorite with kids and is often dressed up and decoreated.
Bella is the tiny palamone pony. She is used to let people slowly familarize themselves with large animals. She loves to get brushed and petted. She is a rescue and was covered to her chest in mud from living in an actual pig pen. This young mare survived with a kind heart.