|Biscuit is named animal hero|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation recently named Biscuit Colorado’s Animal Heroes Service Award winner for his outstanding service to Charlie Dressel.
Biscuit, a horse owned by Larry and Linda Zuber, was first paired with Dressel four years ago, and from the very beginning, an incredible bond was evident between the 10-year-old gelding and the inexperienced rider.
For someone who has a crippling disease, riding Biscuit was suddenly inspiring and empowering for Dressel. Dystonia is an uncommon disease which causes involuntary contractions of Dressel’s muscles. Just about every aspect of his life has been affected as he struggles with walking, talking and everything in between.
“It’s like his disability disappears when he’s riding Biscuit,” said nominator Darrell Tomky. The horse shows incredible patience and obedience with Dressel, allowing him to catch, brush, saddle, bridle and ride Biscuit, even if it takes him a little longer than a normal person.
After getting to know Biscuit, Dressel was inspired to volunteer at Camp Machasay, a Christian camp near Amherst. He travels from Sterling to serve as a camp wrangler during the summer, a job where Biscuit helps him teach kids riding skills at camp and on trail rides.
Dressel’s passion for horses is evident when he interacts with Biscuit, and the pair then inspires the kids at the camp, said Tomky. They think if his disease doesn’t stop him from riding Biscuit, then they can do just about anything they set their minds to.
Besides serving Dressel at camp, Biscuit has also accompanied him on a camping trip in the Colorado State Forest near Walden. He carried Dressel six miles over streams and up a steep, rocky trail to Kelly Lake—something Dressel wouldn’t have been able to experience without Biscuit.
Tomky said Dressel admitted that camping trip was the highlight of his year. He has also taken Biscuit on three other camping trips and to the Platte Valley Bible Rodeo Camp in Julesburg.
There is no doubt Biscuit is a hero in Charlie’s eyes, and anyone who sees Biscuit’s patience and gentleness fused with Charlie’s passion and excitement will agree, said Tomky.
Biscuit along with the Zubers and Dressel were recognized at Colorado’s Animal Heroes Awards Ceremony Thursday, Oct. 7 in Denver.