Barbara Olson Center of Hope

“In 2019 we received a donation of a stunning handcrafted rocking horse to be auctioned off for our 75th Anniversary Gala. It was a beautiful chocolate brown horse with black mane & tail and a handmade leather saddle. The gift of this beautiful rocking horse most certainly helped the Barbara Olson Center of Hope surpass our fundraising goal.”

- Carm, Executive Director

Rockton Volunteer Firemen’s Association

“The Association was very grateful to receive one of the Pastor’s Horses that we raffled off at our yearly open house. The quality and craftsmanship that goes into each horse is unbeatable. Our Association was able to raise 1,590.00 dollars which we will use for different things throughout the year. Some events we will use this money for is our Scholarship fund, use it for a firefighter who may be in need, and our annual pancake breakfast event. Again, we would encourage anyone to check out these one of a kind handcrafted horses.”

- Rockton Firemen’s Association

Illinois State Police

“I have known Dan Herman for about 10 years both as a pastor and as a carpenter. My wife was killed in early 2019 and I struggled with something special to get our 3 year old granddaughter so that she may grow up and remember her grandmother. I had seen some rocking horses Dan had made in the past and spoke to him about making one for me. He explained to me that he would personalize it for me and our family. Dan made the beautiful horse for me perfectly. The craftsmanship is beyond anything I have ever seen in what will surely become a family heirloom! He took items from me to make it personal and knocked it out of the park. The hair is real hair, the leather is real on the reins and saddle and he even made a book to show how the horse was made from start to finish!!! I would highly recommend anyone looking for a perfect child’s gift or a family keepsake to take a look at these rocking horses. I could not be happier with mine!”

- Robert, Illinois State Trooper


I recently gave my granddaughter the rocking horse that MY grandfather
made for me when I was very little. Watching her play on it made me want
to get a bigger one for the future. I went online and found Horses By
Herman and knew this was what I wanted. Dan was amazing. I received
frequent emails letting me know what progress was being made on my pony.
He let me know when he was done making it, when he was making the
shipping crate and when it was shipped. All this was done within days of
him having surgery. When the pony arrived I was blown away by how
beautiful this piece of art was. Dan is an incredible craftsman. This is
heirloom quality work, which is exactly what I was looking for. Thank
You Dan.

- Sheri, New Hampshire