Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my walking horse family for the outpouring of love, support and generosity during this very difficult time. Rickey Derrick died suddenly on May 11, 2009 doing what he loved to do…working in the barn.
Many of you knew Rickey Derrick well. Some of you may know him as the short guy wearing boots, shorts, an MG Above The Rest Hat and NO shirt. You could find him most Saturday nights getting horses ready for Hubert Henry and occasionally Paul Livingston. He was the man behind the scenes. He helped many trainers who had horses going back to back. Whether it was bracing a tail, checking feet, or just simply holding a horse, Rickey was always willing to help anyone that needed it.

Now many of you have shown that type of support to Brandon and I. The flowers, the food, the cards and the phone calls helped me get through each day.

I cannot express how much each of you mean to us. Please keep Brandon and I in your prayers.

Once again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You can’t find any finer people than TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE people!


Kim and Brandon Derrick