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“M” Memorial Horses

Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 02:09 PM
posted by Gloria


MacGregor 014notecardMacGREGOR (also spelled MacGreggar): Every so often, Ryerss Farm has a horse or pony that everyone adores.  MacGregor was one of those horses.  He spent his working life as a carriage horse.  He started in Atlantic City and then ended up in Bucks County, Pa.  MacGregor even starred in the movie Beloved with Oprah Winfrey. 

Mac, as we called him, retired to Ryerss in May of 2010.  He was one of our happiest retirees, sprawling out in his oversized box stall. At night check, if Mac was lying down, he would get room service.

As he aged, his arthritis began to make him more uncomfortable, and he was lying down more often. His attitude was wonderful and he still begged for treats. He slowly became less active and his eye started to dim.

On Friday, August 15th, 2014, surrounded by a handful of those who loved him, Mac crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  He was an old soul and will stay in our hearts for a very long time.




Magic HeadShotBLACK MAGIC (“MAGIC”), a Mustang, was born in Oregon in 1985. He stood 14.2 hands tall. He also had the Bureau of Land Management tattoo, which shows that he was part of a Mustang roundup in his early years. Magic was an all-around English riding horse. He retired to Ryerss in April 2002 and was a part of the upper barn herd. In his early years at Ryerss he was very close with Amber, a bay Thoroughbred. The two were inseparable until she passed away a few years ago. Unfortunately, we lost Magic after a shoulder injury on June 11, 2017 at the age of thirty-two. He was loved by the staff and volunteers at Ryerss as well as visitors, who always loved to feed him carrots and apples.







maizie-headMAIZIE came to retire at Ryerss Farm on Saturday November 30th, 2013.  She was originally rescued by LAPS many years ago and was successfully adopted out in 1994.  After her adopted family returned her to LAPS, she was retired to Ryerss to enjoy a permanent home for the rest of her life where she would never have to work again. Up until that time, she was ridden at least once a week. Maizie was a cute, jet-black Standardbred mare. She seemed to get along with everyone out in the field and had a special friend in Major. Unfortunately, at the age of 33 she developed a fast growing tumor inside of her mouth, which began taking over rapidly.  Maizie was humanely euthanized on September 16, 2016.  She will be missed by all those in the upper barn herd and especially the volunteers who work there. RIP, Maizie.






IMG_4848mandy head shotOn June 4, 2012, MANDY (Braveannmarie) came to retire at Ryerss Farm. She was a beautiful rose-grey Thoroughbred mare. Born in April 1992, she was bred for the track, but racing was not in the cards for her. Instead, her owner began looking for an experienced rider who could handle her high spirits and transform her into a suitable mount for hunters and jumpers. This search led to a man who was willing to ride and train Mandy on a regular basis, and soon a strong friendship was forged between horse, rider and owner. Over the course of a few years, the owner’s pre-existing kidney disease progressed to the point where she was placed on a kidney transplant list. While several prospective donors came forward to be tested, none were a match. Only this special man who was brought into the owner’s life by way of a horse (Mandy) turned out to be a match! In 2000, a kidney transplant took place as Mandy waited at the barn, and she went on to see the two people she brought together develop a special bond that will never be broken. 

Mandy enjoyed a good retirement at Ryerss and became best friends with Boca Boy. They were together constantly, and you never saw one without the other. Unfortunately, Mandy suffered with melanomas, which had plagued her for years. By March, 2015, her breathing had become so difficult and compromised due to this condition, that the kind thing to do was to release her from her struggle.  On April 4th, 2015,  Mandy was humanely euthanized.  She will always be remembered as a beautiful and spirited mare with a mind of her own!  She will be missed by all at Ryerss, especially her buddy, Boca.




IMG_6125MarkheadshotMARK OF CORNWALL, a handsome, 27-year-old, 17hh chestnut Thoroughbred, arrived at Ryerss in December, 2012, along with his best friend, Casey. Mark spent his years before retirement enjoying many beautiful trail rides with his previous owner, along with Casey and his owner. Mark had a friendly personality and was loved by staff, volunteers and visitors, alike. He met the “love of his life” at Ryerss when he found Heyer, a Percheron/Thoroughbred cross mare. They were inseparable and spend long days together grazing side by side on the Ryerss pastures with the rest of the herd. Sadly, on September 30, 2016, after a brief illness, Mark was diagnosed with lung cancer and was humanely euthanized.  He will be missed by everyone at Ryerss Farm, including his former owner, Cynthia, who came to see him every week and loved him greatly.





matisse headMATISSE: In 2005, many horses came in together from the Marti Wolfson Estate. Matisse, a towering  Westphalen gelding, was one of the incoming horses. Rumor has it that he was once ridden by Olympian, Robert Dover.

He was black in color and grayed gracefully over the years. During his time at Ryerss, he stood out because of his elegance and stature. He excelled in Dressage and could be seen doing flying changes across the field here at Ryerss on his good days.

Matisse had a very low octave voice, so you were always able to tell his nicker from the others. He made many equine friends over the years at Ryerss: Laufen, Charming and Seham, to name a few. He carried himself with dignity and grace throughout his time with us, and we were all very fortunate to have had him be a part of our lives until April 27th, 2013, when he left us for greener pastures.







IMG_3871Midnight head_edited-1In September of 2011,MISS MIDNIGHT, a Quarter Horse mix, came to her forever home here at Ryerss Farm. Born in 1979 or 1980, she was a favorite camp horse until 2000. After that, she became a family horse and participated in English lessons, and even competed in small barn shows. In 2005 Miss Midnight moved to her backyard home and could be found trail riding with her pasture mate, Zeke, across the fields in Hibernia Park.Upon retirement at Ryerss, Midnight lived with a small herd in the Upper Barn. She was a bit of a loner, but could be found with Salt and Mayday. We think that she also had a hidden affection for Dancer.

Miss Midnight began to show signs of failing health the spring of 2013 and was diagnosed with an entrolith in her digestive tract. The size of the entrolith determined that the kindest thing to do was to euthanize her, so on Tuesday, June 14th, 2013, she was helped across the Rainbow bridge to be with Dancer and others. 





Mr.CoffeeHeadshotMISTER COFFEE: On January 20, 2014, Mr. Coffee, a 22-year-old Tennessee Walker gelding, retired to Ryerss Farm. He spent his life in Chester County as a pleasure horse. His owner purchased him as a gift for her granddaughter, who spent her summers at the farm. Many hours were spent riding and bonding. He had two pasture pals, Cody and Rosie, both Miniature Horses, who also retired to Ryerss on the same day. Mr. Coffee became a favorite with visitors and volunteers and became known as the guardian of Cody and Rosie, who were never out of his sight if he could help it.

Unfortunately, Mr. Coffee suffered from chronic laminitis, which became worse as time progressed, and eventually it became very difficult for him to walk at all. With his quality of life diminished and no hope of recovery, he was humanely euthanized on Friday, November 18, 2016.  He will be missed by all who came to see him and who spent time at the farm with him.  RIP, Mr. Coffee.



molly-head-shotMOLLY, a bay Clydesdale cross, retired to Ryerss Farm in March, 2016. She was saved from the kill pen at the New Holland sales by Omega Horse Rescue, who took her to New Bolton Center where her medical needs were addressed and she was given the care she desperately needed. Molly would not have been adopted or purchased, because she was 25 years old and could no longer do the field plow work she had done before. We were happy to be able to give Molly the home she needed, where she would never have to work again and could enjoy a retirement of leisure and love by volunteers, staff and visitors.

Unfortunately, that was to be brief, as she had a previous history of suffering from laminitis, which became worse as time progressed. On September 16, 2016, the severity of Molly’s condition made it necessary to humanely euthanize her. She was a lovely mare who stole the hearts of visitors and volunteers, alike. She will be greatly missed. 

T – Z Memorial Horses

Friday, April 27, 2012 @ 05:04 PM
posted by Gloria


Tess Named cropTESS, a roan Appaloosa who arrived at Ryerss Farm on August 26, 2010, passed away on Friday, September 4, 2015.  She was 30 years old.  She stood 15 hands high and had a very sweet disposition. Everyone loved her, and she was a “lady” through and through.  Over her years at Ryerss she had two very close equine friends, first “Gibby” and later “Rambo,” who stayed with her all through her loss of vision until he died.  She carried on alone, however, and came to live at the main barn where she could be watched and given more help by volunteers and staff.

She loved being outside and, until recently, would still trot happily by herself out in a far part of the pasture.  She was definitely a gal who liked to be independent!  Eventually, she lost vision completely  in both eyes and her quality of life deteriorated rapidly.  Tess was humanely euthanized on Fri., Sept. 4, 2015. She will always be remembered by friends, staff and volunteers as one of the sweetest horses ever to live at Ryerss.  R.I.P. Tess.






FEATURE PRESENTATION (“TEX”) was a bay Dutch Warmblood.  He stood 16.1 hands.  Born in Canada in 1980, Tex was a very good jumper and originally brought to the United States for Olympic jumping.  However, that did not work for him.  Tex excelled when he was partnered with his former owner, a girl who enjoyed riding him, usually five times a week.  Together, they competed in many shows, beginning in the equitation division.  He was very comfortable to ride and took care of his rider.  The team went on to compete in jumping, Tex’s area of expertise due in part to his ability to extend his stride.  He retired to Ryerss in April 1999 and spent his time with his friends PR, Double Dare and Smokey.  Tex had a” bigger than life” personality and was loved by everyone at Ryerss.  Tex passed away on March 11, 2011.










TexheadshotTEXAN (“TEX”), a Swedish Warmblood gelding, was retired to Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines on October 22nd, 2012.  He was originally purchased from Phillip Dutton in the spring of 1993.  During his working career he trained with many of the top professionals in this area.  He mostly showed at training level and finished in the top ten at dressage at Devon suitable class.

When Tex retired to Ryerss, he recognized an old familiar friend from a past life.  C’est What and Tex were once boarded at the same facility but were never pastured together.  C’est What had recently lost her dear friend Judd, and she was quick to establish a relationship with Tex.  Together, Tex and C’est  reminded  us of the high school sweethearts who found each other after years of living lives worlds apart.

Unfortunately, on February 10, 2015, we lost Tex due to a colic caused by a twist in his intestine.  Tex was a handsome horse who loved spending time with his best friend, C’est and loved greeting visitors to get treats of carrots and apples.  He will be remembered as a high spirited horse who was always an integral part of the main barn herd.






TIMOTHY:  In March of 2010, Timothy was able to call Ryerss his forever home.  His Mom had predeceased him and he was cared for elsewhere until a stall was available at Ryerss Farm.  Tim was a 33-year-old Quarter Horse gelding with a very long coat.  He was immediately diagnosed with Cushings and put on Pergolide.  The transition was immediate and he started to shed out his heavy coat. 

Timothy grew younger at heart with every passing year.  He found the love of his life in Charming and would protect her vehemently from all their pasture mates. When Charming lost her eyesight this Spring, Timothy wore a sleigh bell on his halter so that Charming had a guide.

Without warning, on the evening of May 20th, Timothy showed signs of digestive distress.  He was diagnosed with a lypoma which so many older horses fall victim to, leaving no choice but to let him cross the Rainbow Bridge. The barn has become much quieter without Timothy’s constant chatter.







Toby-editedOn January 5, 2013, TOBY’S SARGENT arrived at Ryerss Farm.  He was a handsome “red chocolate” Rocky Mountain Gaited Horse, with a flaxen tail and mane, who stood 14.3 hands high. Born in 1991, Toby was a trail horse who enjoyed many wonderful years together with his previous owner, Dot Connors-Storer, exploring the countryside. He arrived at Ryerss the same day as Hannah, his best friend, who had shared his previous life, as they both came from the same stable and their owners often rode out together.  During his years at Ryerss, Toby also became part of the group which included Smartie, Sequence, Pounce and Mingles, four former thoroughbred broodmares with whom he became great friends.  Sadly, on January 23, 2016, at the age of 25, Toby developed severe colic and had to be humanely euthanized. He will be remembered by all who knew him as having one of the most beautiful manes in the barn!  He was a friendly guy and loved treats that the visitors brought to him!  RIP Toby.





 TuckerheadshotcropopedmoreTUCKER (Silver Aly), was a Thoroughbred, son of Alydar,  foaled in May of 1989. Tucker did not have the speed of his sire and therefore was not raced heavily. Once he retired from racing, he spent his years with his buddy, Laramie, on his home farm owned by the Thorington  family in Chester County.  On August 25, 2014, Tucker retired to Ryerss Farm along with Laramie and Crafty.  He lived in the main barn and became friends with the four mares who had also come to Ryerss  from his former home at Maple Leaf Farm.  Sadly, on November 24, 2015, we lost Tucker due to advanced and incurable stomach cancer.  He was 27 years old.  Tucker was a handsome and confident horse who was enjoying his retirement at Ryerss and had settled well into life with the Ryerss  main herd.  We will all miss him greatly.  RIP, Tucker.







VICKI came to Ryerss Farm on October 17, 2010, at the age of 31, with her two “sisters” Mindy and April.  They all retired together after living with the same owner for many years.  Vicki was a black Tennessee Walker with a beautiful tail and mane.  She had a sweet disposition and always looked after Mindy and April (who was blind in one eye). In early years she was a lesson horse, but after she was purchased by her owner, Andrea, life became more fun!  Andrea and her friend Kathy took Vicki and April on many trail rides and adventures.  As the years passed, Vicki became arthritic in her legs and it was hard for her to get up when she would lie down. We lost April on  September 27, 2011, and though she was not with us very long, she left an enduring touch on our hearts.









WARGOD was a dark brown Thoroughbred.  Born in 1983, he was a racehorse with impeccable bloodlines who had an excellent racing career.  He was friends with Olivia.  Wargod retired to Ryerss in May 2001 and passed away on September 5, 2011.












Ryerss lost a special friend on Tuesday, April 10, 2012: WHEATCREST AZADY (“WHEATIES”), our second oldest resident, retired to Ryerss Farm in September of 2006, at the grand age of 31.  Wheaties was a Palomino Arab/Quarter Horse cross.  He had spent his life time as a dressage/pleasure horse and even gave walk/trot lessons.   Wheaties preferred the company of people over that of other ponies until late in his years when he and Smokey became each other’s sidekick.  Because of medical issues as well as their low ranking in the herd, Wheaties and Smokey had a ritual of walking through the barn aisles for the first part of every morning.  They were frequently referred to as “our Golden Retriever and our Chocolate Lab.”  Wheaties also had his own “Mr. Ed” impression and could be heard smacking his lips together as if he were trying to say something.

On Monday, the 9th of April, Wheaties was not himself.  After some diagnostic tests, it was determined that Wheaties had an esophageal obstruction of uncertain origin.  By morning, there had been no improvement, and the kindest thing that we could do was to help him across the Rainbow Bridge.  He leaves behind a host of followers who loved him and will be missed by many for a long time to come.






Wildfire PhotoWILDFIRE  (KAITSENKO) was a 31-year old blanket Appaloosa who had to leave his former home for many reasons.  The biggest hurdle for him was that he was still an intact stallion.  Many people and organizations were involved to make Wildfire a candidate for adoption or rescue.  He had to be gelded and had to have a forever home.  Ryerss became his forever home in November of 2013.

Wildfire made adjustments quickly and enjoyed his new life in his twilight years.  He had lost sight is his left eye many years ago, but was able to compensate with one eye and move through his surroundings. He didn’t really have a buddy, but Boca and Mandy would tolerate him.

As the months went by, Wildfire was losing sight quickly.  He was closely monitored until it was obvious that he had gone blind.  On September 22nd, 2014, Wildfire was helped across the Rainbow Bridge.  Even though he was only here for a very short time, he will be missed by many.






WillyFORMAL AFFAIR (“WILLY”) was a handsome 16.3hh chestnut Dutch Warmblood.  Born in 1987, he held a very active career in upper level dressage, competing in First Level through Prix St. George, becoming Region Two Regional Champion.  He helped his owner win bronze and silver medals in the junior young rider division.  As a five-year-old, Willy won at Dressage at Devon in the young horse classes.  In 1998 he and his partner were team captains for Region 2 of the North American Junior Young Riders Silver Medal Team.  Willy retired to Ryerss in January 2005 as part of  “The New York Seven”, a group of horses who came to Ryerss as a result of a bequest. Willy was a very well-mannered horse, always gentle and friendly to visitors, staff and volunteers.  He spent his days with Elinka, Steffi and, in more recent years, Toby – all his best buddies. 

Sadly, on May 24, 2016, he suffered a severe colic and had to be euthanized.  Willy was a true gentleman and he will be missed and remembered for a long time.