“M” Memorial Horses
MacGREGOR (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.
BLACK 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 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.
On 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.
MARK 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: 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.
MAY DAY (“DAY”) and May Evening were born in 1981, two days apart. They were raised as sisters, because one became an orphan shortly after birth and was raised by the mare who had just given birth to the other. May Day was a bay Morgan mare, born on May 1st. Her occupation was always trail riding, including riding on the Old Dominion Trail. May Day also was a regular in several parades, including the Apple Blossom Day Parade. Her former owner rode her on various trails in English, Western and Aussie saddles. On May 5, 2011, May Day, along with May Evening, became a Ryerss resident and moved into the historic upper barn. May Day eventually became close friends with Daisy and Rosebud, with whom she spent many enjoyable times over the years. In 2018, however, at the elderly age of 38 years, May Day’s age caught up with her and she passed away quietly on January 10th. She will be remembered for her kind and sweet temperament by those who knew her. RIP, May Day.
In 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.
MISTER 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, 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.