Rick came to Midnight Farm in the fall of 2009. When Dr. Mike Strouse, CEO of Community Living Opportunities, drove the wagon with him for the first time, Rick steered Mike towards his favorite pizza shop and parked right in his usual parking space.
Mike knew then that this was a special horse, and his humor and gentle demeanor were a perfect fit for Midnight Farm.
A striking 17.2 hands with a straw colored mane, Rick was as strong as he was beautiful.
Over the years, Rick came to fill many roles not only at Midnight Farms, but in the community as well. Every year, Rick pulled the wagon in parades around Baldwin City and always delivered Santa Claus for the Eudora Community Christmas. At the farm, his duties included pulling the wagon on field trips and for special events. His role was so ingrained at Midnight Farm that Rick never needed to be put in a paddock. He was free to roam the grounds, and always let the staff know when it was time for him to turn in for the evening.
Rick passed away in July of 2015. He is very missed by everyone that knew him, and he will forever hold a special place at Midnight Farm.
Two fabulous draft horses, Betsy and Birdy, have now arrived at Midnight Farm and even as they take over Rick's duties his momentous legacy remains. He was a Midnight Farm pioneer and his gentle spirit and tireless, devoted work will never be forgotten.
By Sarah Fox