The 2011 Pioneer Horseman Award Recipient is Richard F. Bol

                        Richard F Bol
                    1927 - Jul 14, 2011

This year, the TriState Board of Directors along with many friends and family   nominated Dr. Richard Bol to receive this prestigious honor.  Dr. Bol passed away on July 14th of 2011. 

 Dr. Bol more often than not was referred as ‘Doc’ by fellow horse owners and close friends.  We all knew him as a horse trainer, trail boss, humorist, and a body care giver.  He participated in a range of sports activities.  Early in life he enjoyed boxing, both in high school and the Navy.  He was an active skier for much of his life. 

 Born in North St. Paul, Richard was a part of a first generation family whose parents emigrated from Holland.  His enter family enjoyed horses.  He had his first pony at about 10 years of age.  He owned quarter horses until his brother, Gerald, introduced him to Tennessee Walkers.  Richard has been involved in raising and showing his Tennessee Walking Horses since the early 1970’s when he also became a member of the Minnesota Walking Horse Association.   Richard and his wife, June, lived at Stone Hill Farm just south of Lake Elmo.  He has owned and raised some excellent show and trail horses through the years. Richard originally showed the padded performance horse to great success and then went on to using his horses for trail and pleasure riding.  He purchased ‘Halelujah’s Mr. Perfect” as a two year old and was still showing him a year ago in May as a 29 year old Lite Shod Pleasure Horse at the MWHA Early Bird Show.  In 2009 the Washington County Fair honored him for his lifetime of showing by presenting him a “40 Year Participation” Award. 

 He has always shared his horses with beginners and guests at the farm.  He never missed an opportunity to spread the word about the excellence of the Walking Horse as a trail, pleasure and show mount.   Doc mentored a number of young riders into the show ring.  They, too, enjoyed the success and thrill of winning classes on his horses. 

 Doc absolutely loved trail riding and had been known to log in over 500 hours in the saddle in a year.  This trail riding reputation won him the MWHA “Iron Butt” award several times. Along with family and close friends, he would spend two weeks in September each year enjoying the rugged terrain of the Black Hills.  Without exception, he made the trip this year, only it was taken in late May because of his illness.  And yes, he did get some time in the saddle along with storytelling around the camp fire.

 Richard had leadership roles in chiropractic organizations, equestrian association and community service groups.  He was active in his community of North St. Paul, where he had his chiropractic clinic.  He served on boards of a number of groups and often was elected to serve as president.  He was a Board member for Tri-State well over 25 years.  Through his active involvement he was rewarded with many awards.  He received the MCA Chiropractor of the Year Award, Minnesota Walking Horse Association Horseperson of the Year Award, The TriState Horseperson of the Year Award, and now the TriState Lifetime Achievement Award. 

 One of Richard’s family members commented that he had a good balance between discipline and compassion.  As a TriState board member, he was often called on to invoke Robert’s Rules of Order when discussion would get a bit out of hand. 

 If you every had a chance to visit Doc at Stone Hill Farm, there was a lawn sign outside the back door of his home.  It summarized the sentiments that he often shared with many of us when we would visit:  “Live well, Laugh often, and Love much”.

 Yes, Doc is no longer physically with us.  However, we can continue to cherish the things he shared with each of us.  Join us in acknowledging our 2011 Minnesota Horse Council Pioneer Awardee – Dr. Richard Bol.


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