Goodbyes Linger


With great sadness, Staff has to announce that a beloved member of the RFJ herd is no longer with us.

Brewster passed away on October 5, 2019 after a sudden bout of severe colic. He was in the loving arms of Ride for Joy staff and a compassionate and well respected vet in his final moments.

Brewster first joined Ride for Joy in 2011 at just five years old thanks to then volunteer and board member Cathy Strange. Cathy had leased Brewster’s dam, Elle, to the program for years and thought he had similar qualities of greatness.

His preference for enjoying life in the slow lane made Brewster a great fit despite his incredibly young age. He served faithfully for many years before going home to create joy for Cathy’s granddaughter.

In 2018, Cathy, now the Board Chair, returned Brewster to RFJ, and he quickly made new fans amongst his riders.

Students fondly remember Brewster’s penchant for knocking over cones in lessons and expressing his opinion about the speed chosen by his leaders. He greeted everyone who passed by his stall with pricked ears and a face sniff. Brewster’s light dun coat, goofy personality, and ability to know when lessons were five minutes from ending made him unforgettable to all who knew him.

A memory garden will be created at the new RFJ office. Everyone is welcome to leave a message or picture on a stone in Brewster’s honor.