This is a life-sized memorial piece honoring the late Bobby Gottsch Jr. of Hastings Nebraska.
The riderless horse, with cowboy boots reversed in the stirrups, is a proud tradition recognizing an exceptional person who has passed on and will ride no more. This sculpture is dedicated to the memory of Bobby Gottsch (1954-2011), a well respected businessman, cattle feeder, rancher, farmer and family man in his community, an agri-business leader, and 16-year member of the Hastings College Board of Trustees. Bobby championed, with his energy and investments, difference makers in athletics and students of limited means but great potential. His legacy continues to inspire students as they enter the arenas of sport and of life. He gave a lot of himself and was a great philanthropist and friend of mine. "HE WAS A DIFFERENCE MAKER".
The riderless horse tradition dates clear back to early Roman times and has been continued for military burials in our nation's Capital. This bronze is on permanent display and serves as a symbol of Bobby's impact on Hastings College and its students.
Commissioned and Donated by Fred A. Bosselman