Remembering a great

16 12 2021

Six years ago today, we lost one of the greatest wildlife advocates of our age: Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick.

I’ve never known a more intelligent, compassionate, big-hearted human being. When friend and inspiration Marty Felix, champion for the Little Book Cliffs horses for more than four decades, suggested I contact him, early in my advocacy years, it was like she’d told me to call up a rock star. And when I did call him, he was just … so … kind. When I met him in August 2010, when I went to the Science and Conservation Center in Billings, Montana, for the training and certification to become a PZP darter, the first thing I did was ask if I could hug him. πŸ™‚ The memory makes me smile and cry in equal measure.

It’s still true: I honor him and his legacy to preserve wild horses (all wildlife) with every dart I fire. He is one of our mustang angels over Spring Creek Basin. He is missed, never forgotten.

(Sun halo seen yesterday over Spring Creek Basin and Disappointment Valley.)


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16 12 2021
Pat

Perfect picture to remember him. You took the step to learn exactly what you needed in your life to help the wild horses. And just think of the hood he taught you to succeed. You are amazing

17 12 2021
TJ

Dr. Jay was amazing! I’m grateful to have known him and learned from him!

16 12 2021
Mom

What a spectacular photo to honor Dr. Kilpatrick! He’s watching!

17 12 2021
TJ

I’m pretty sure he is. πŸ™‚

16 12 2021
Trish

We’re all lucky that you found Dr Kirkpatrick !

17 12 2021
TJ

So many of us owe so much to Dr. Jay!

16 12 2021
Karen Ann Schmiede

What a great picture!

17 12 2021
TJ

It was a wild sight! I had to fish out my cell phone from under multiple layers, then point and hope I caught the whole halo. πŸ™‚

16 12 2021
lovewildmustangs

TJ, what a wonderful tribute to a great friend of horses and people πŸ’—

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17 12 2021
TJ

He was all of that and more. πŸ™‚

16 12 2021
Sue E. Story

I am so glad you had such a wonderful mentor, TJ. When they leave us, the gaping hole left behind becomes filled with wonderful memories just like the one you described. Your photo is stunning and speaks to the inspiration he was in your life.

17 12 2021
TJ

I hope so. There’s no way in any language to convey what he meant to me and to all of us who learned from him and carry his legacy forward. Thanks. πŸ™‚

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