Ryerss Farm horses celebrate Family Fun Day
Ryerss Farm For Aged Equines event features Minnow the Painting Pony, pony rides, clown, games, hay rides & crafts
The horses, ponies, miniature horses and a lone donkey along with barn cats, and field mice have all been in a state of giddiness on Ryerss Farm ever since American Pharaoh raced into the history books winning the coveted Triple Crown on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at New York’s Belmont Stakes.
Not since 1978 has America had a Triple Crown Winner. Horse racing is once again capturing the imagination of the common people.
Eleven years ago Smarty Jones, the hometown dandy, had won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness only to dash all hopes of the Crown after losing the final leg at the Preakness.
“A superhorse that fine thoroughbred,” Ruby could be overheard saying to others as she strutted her show horse stuff around the meadows. After all I am the only know living daughter of Ferdinand 1986 Kentucky Derby winner, Ryerss Royalty now,” she reminded everyone.
“Saturday June 13th was Family Fun Day at Ryerss Farm from noon to 4pm. The humans came out in record numbers to romp and play and delight in all things horsey,” giggled Rosie the miniature horse.
“It is a really special time for us. Every year in the beginning of summer the families come from all over to see us, pet us, feed us treats of crunchy carrots and apples and this place gets spruced up and we get groomed so nice and can’t wait to see them,” added her side kick Cody another miniature horse.
“Oh, wasn’t it just wonderful the way the kids all came running up the lane. Their eyes as big as saucers when they saw the moon bounce and then it was just so startling to them when there stood Minnow the Painting Pony with her paintbrush in her mouth standing in front of the easel with her paints, “said Rosie.
Minnow the “Painting Pony” of Chester County gave demonstrations of his artistic talents throughout the day.
“Minnow is 21 years old. He was born wild on Assateague Island, Md. and made the annual Chincoteague Pony Swim when he was a foal. He’s been painting since 2007 and has sold artwork all over the world and performed at fairs, expos, national events and has even appeared on Animal Planet,” said Gail Morris one of Ryerss Board of Managers.
“Look at that!” shouted a little girl as “Ammo” the Dachshund another featured animal started entertaining the humans with his tricks.
Omen, Ryerss other miniature horse, was standing over near the barn. Omen came from a circus and is still on a diet due to a thyroid condition. Not many carrots and apples for him. The kids were coming to play with him and he was thinking he would love to spend more time with Rosie. He could see her over there giving him sweet glances.
Her friends Cody and Mr. Coffee keep a watchful eye, guarding her carefully. Rosie and Cody came to Ryerss together along with their best buddy, Mr. Coffee (a full sized horse). They share a stall because they have always lived close together and Mr. Coffee has a stall right next to them.
One night while it was dark, Rosie had broke out of her stall and was found, in the morning, happily visiting Omen in his stall! She is obviously a gal looking for a little adventure! They are a popular threesome at Ryerss Farm!
How Omen wished he wasn’t on that diet and could roam more freely like his friends. But he loved it so much more here than the circus.
Looking around the kids could be seen waiting their turn for a pony ride and talking to the clown, Margaret Shannon, Rosie knew for sure it was her, just all dressed up and playing with the humans.
There were games, hay rides and crafts.
Cody started to wonder if American Pharaoh might even come to visit. “Not today Cody, not today,” he could hear Ruby say at night when the stars would start to twinkle. “Maybe tomorrow.”
That night the animals were all so very tired as they got tucked into their stalls. All those families had come just to see them, and to pet them, and the animals would stomp their feet and whinny for attention and boy oh boy did they get it. It was a wonderful place to live with 80 retired horses and others where people from all over came to support them. They were all winners.
Good night folks. Come again. Bring treats, please.