Memorial Horses: D – F
DANCER retired to Ryerss Farm in October of 1992. Originally from California, Dancer survived a wildfire in Malibu Canyon as he was led out safely on a pony line. As fate would have it, he was never claimed by his owner, so ultimately he was purchased by his Mom for his back board and went on to compete as an endurance horse. The two of them headed back East to Brockport, NY, with Dancer taking a scenic route through Florida. The trucking company had gotten horses mixed up and was dropping off wrong horses at several locations.
Dancer was put on the Ryerss waiting list early on in his life to ensure that he would have a safe place to grow old. For 21 years, Dancer graced us with his cute dish face and adorable little nicker. He was instrumental in giving volunteers the confidence to groom because of his gentle demeanor and kind soul. There were never any papers on him to verify his age, but we are sure that he was 42 or 43. According to the Horse/Human Age Equivalent Chart as per UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Report, 43 in horse years equal 121 in human years.
On Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 the infirmities of old age finally caught up with him. When he knew that his strength was waning, he lay down and let us help him across the Rainbow Bridge while sun was shining and spring was in the air. He ate ginger snaps and peppermints and was surrounded by many who loved him. We should all be so lucky to have as wonderful a life as Dancer!
DOLLAR was a chestnut Quarter horse. He stood 15.3 hands. Born in 1979, Dollar spent his earlier years serving as a roping horse, but for the last 20 years of his career, he enjoyed pleasure riding with his former owner. He was a joy to ride and didn’t hesitate to test his owner. Dollar’s one dislike was dogs. Since his retirement in October 2007, Dollar enjoyed his days out to pasture with his best friend, Sarah. He passed away on January 14, 2011.
DOUBLE DARE was a dark bay Thoroughbred cross. He stood 16.2 hands. Born in 1981, Dare had a winning career in the show ring. With a very willing attitude, Dare enjoyed foxhunting and never refused a jump. He also enjoyed the solitude of trail riding with his former owner, listening to him sing during their ride. Dare retired to Ryerss in July 1999. He was friends with Smokey and Otter. Dare passed away on February 4, 2011.
ECHO was an appaloosa Pony of the Americas. He stood 13.2 hands. Born in 1981, Echo was an unexpected surprise from a rescued pony mare named Whisper. He loves attention and excelled as a pony hunter before retiring to Ryerss in June 2002. His pasture pals were Kipper and Holly. Echo passed away on November 12, 2011.
Elmo, formally named “ENOUGH ALREADY” was a 16 hh chestnut Dutch Warmblood. Born in 1986, Elmo held a career in dressage, competing in Training through Third Level, before retiring to Ryerss in January 2005. He was part of a group affectionately called the “New York Seven”, made up of seven horses from New York that were all left to Ryerss in a will as part of an estate. Henry and Willy, stablemates from Elmo’s early years in New York, still remain at Ryerss. Elmo was an easy keeper who got along with other horses and never had any serious health problems in his ten years at Ryerss. He found a good friend in Miss Millie, who lived in the stall next to his until she passed away a few years ago. On October 27, 2015, Elmo suffered colic due to a strangulated lipoma, from which he would not recover. He was humanely euthanized and will be missed by volunteers, staff and others who knew him at the farm.
In FRANKIE’s past life he served as a First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry Horse in their Drill and Ceremony Team. During his time here, Frankie could be seen doing his drill patterns out in the pastures! Frankie was always seen with his larger-than-life friend Butkus. Sadly, on April 8, 2010, we said our goodbyes to this one-of-a-kind equine, who left us at the young age of 27.
FRUITTI, a bay Thoroughbred, retired to life at Ryerss Farm in April of 2015. She had a long and satisfying career as a companion horse and caretaker to other horses on the farm where she lived. Her nurturing spirit and kind nature made her perfect for that job, and she took it seriously to heart. As a retired resident at Ryerss, she lived at the upper barn and was friendly with all the other horses there. Gatsby, however, was her special friend, and he always tried to be at her side.
Sadly, on January 6, 2017, Fruitti succumbed to the infirmities of old age. Her heart gave out, and she passed away peacefully in her stall. She was nearly 39 years old. She led a good and valuable life and will be remembered for her kindness to the other horses she cared for and befriended. R.I.P., Fruitti.