Community helps Topeka WWll veteran realize his dream of riding again

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A World War II veteran had dreamed of getting back in the saddle for years and on Sunday his dreams came true.

Delbert Bryant, who served as a medical aide during World War II, has a long history of caring for horses.

For years, Bryant dreamed of being back around them.

Terry Downing from Faith Home Health and Hospice had the right connections to make his dream come true.

“He brought this to a meeting and I was like ‘oh my God,’ I have a friend who has a farm that has tons of horses and she works for the VA,” Downing said. “She’s always surrounded by veterans and she was like ‘oh my God, get him out’, he was so excited.”

Tracey Wyatt wanted to make Bryant’s day even more special, so she invited Bryant’s family and local VFW members to her farm.

The members of the VFW and the Knights of Honor Motorcyclists Association greeted Bryant with a salute.

Hillside Medical Transportation helped Bryant get to the farm.

“I remember him telling me stories about what he did in Japan and how he served as a field medic,” Delbert’s grandson Derek said. He always helps people, heals people, it’s very impressive, he’s definitely one of the most important people in my life.

After spending time with fellow veterans, Bryant’s guest of honor arrived.

Tracey Wyatt rode a horse to Bryant to hang out with.

“Oh I love this horse, I love this horse,” Bryant said. “I spoke to him and I think he may have understood me, they speak with their eyes.”

Bryant was able to relive his working days on the farm.

After the war, he repairs a vacant farmhouse and buys an English Morgan Mare, named Ginger.

“I started tending horses for him, just for something to do, and fell in love with it,” Bryant said. “I love cleaning stables, I love grooming horses, it just pushed me.”

With a little help, he was able to get back on his feet.

“Oh, I loved being on that horse.”

After Delbert spent time on the horse and a motorcycle, Wyatt said she was convinced it was the happiest she had ever seen him.

“There are going to be horses in heaven, I’m going to see a whole bunch of them very soon, I just trust that,” Bryant said.

When asked if he preferred having the motorcycle or the horse, Delbert replied that he chose the horse every time.

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