Gretchen & Ray
Love At First Sight
Our family met Ray in Milpitas, California in 2008. While my mom was visiting the ranch to lease a friend’s horse, I saw a beautiful Bay (Dark Brown) Thoroughbred out in the pasture that caught my eye. The look in his eyes was majestic and he was a bit wild, having been abandoned by his owner at the ranch! Instantly, I fell in love with him and asked the ranch if we could turn him out (exercise him) and groom and care for him for free. They agreed until they were able to successfully lease him. Over the year, we had grown very close, and he would lift up his head the minute we drove up to the pasture. Despite, our care for him, he was leased out. A firm believer in God, I knew that we could be connected again, if it was meant to be.
About two years after I left Ray and said the hardest goodbyes, I found that he was looking for a new home. Financially, I had no business getting a horse, but I couldn’t say no. So, with me in the truck and Ray in the adjoining trailer, we headed North so that he could be closer to me.
Ray was my best friend and the best horse I could’ve ever asked for. He loved me and trusted me when he had no reason to trust anyone after his abandonment. He loved his grandparents (Paul and Gretchen) and my sister Stephanie loved Ray too. In fact, everyone at all of the ranches loved Ray. He was a sweet boy and kids and adults alike could see that. When he was with me you knew I was his person.
Ray passed away in 2017 during my first year of law school at Cornell and I was devastated. The loss of any animal is rough, but horse owners will describe a very deep pain that lasts for months when they lose a horse. I hope that this non-profit is an honor to Ray’s spirit and encourages others to support horse rescues, whether it is by buying our merchandise or making private donations to Big Bay Ray, Inc. in support of horse rescue organizations.
Blessings & Cowgirl Up!