Last weekend, I went for a walk along Central Park and 59th Street. I went to visit the carriage horses and drivers. I went to honor the passing of a great champion of draft horses, of the NYC carriage horses, of the bond between animals and people, and of the magical Blue Star Equiculture. Paul Rickenbach Moshimer died last week.
I did not know Paul well, but deeply appreciated his work. Blue Star is a working and draft horse sanctuary and an organic farm. Many of the NYC carriage horses retire to Blue Star. Harry and I had the opportunity to visit last summer. Pamela Rickenbach Moshimer gave us a tour and introduced us to the herd. It is a special place, run by volunteers, many of them young people.
Many of the horses wore a braid with a blue feather to honor Paul…
Paul will be deeply missed and his mission will continue.