Rainbow Meadows Ranch has been a long time in the
coming. Originally purchased in 1999 by Karen and David Everhart, the
240-acre ranch began as little more than a pasture for cattle. Residents
of Wichita, Kansas, at the time, the two knew they had their work cut
out for them.
In their hands were the beginnings of the
realization of a lifelong dream. Karen had spent her life with horses, a
passion that was matched by none other. She rode every chance she had as
a child and had purchased her first horse in her late 20s. Since then,
she hadn't lived a single day without horses at her home.
Through the years, Karen knew she wanted to do more
than just ride the horses - she wanted to learn about and communicate
with them. She wanted to ensure that these gentle giants were understood
and cared for. She wanted to dedicate her life to helping all horses.
David, too, saw his dreams
in the ranch. As a child, he spent many wonderful summers at his grandfather's farm in
Wisconsin, and the "simpler" life often called to him. Hours spent
outside building fence, repairing machinery and caring for horses would
soon be in his future.
So with a lot of sweat and long hours, the Everharts
began to build their dream. In 2005, Karen and
David were finally able to call Rainbow Meadows Ranch "home." But they are not alone. With them
are rescued dogs and cats, a handful of goats and many magnificent horses, some part of the ranch's
herd and others part of
Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue and Retirement,
In the end, their dreams are coming true.