David grew up in a small community south of
Wichita, Kansas. His suburban lifestyle did not lend itself to the
development of an appreciation for ranch life, but his summer visits
to his grandfather's dairy farm in Wisconsin did. After high
school, David attended Wichita State University before joining the
United States Marine Corps. He served in the Air Wing while in
Vietnam and Japan. His love for military aircraft eventually led
him to the Kansas Air National Guard. There he continued his career
and, after 38 years of military service, retired as a Chief Master
Sergeant in January 2005.
When David met Karen in 1981, she had one horse
and wanted another. In order to impress her he agreed to share in
the purchase of her second horse. Over the years they added
additional horses to their personal herd and now have
established the rescue.
If you ask him, these days David serves as Chief Stable Master
and Maintenance guy. In reality, he is an irreplaceable part of the
rescue's daily operations, and has a special place in his heart for
every horse that walks through the gates.