By Wayne MacPhail
Dr. J. David Richardson is a Viking with a heart of gold. The retired Dundas, Ontario family doctor now runs Christieview Farm, just outside of Hamilton, Ontario. And, he's using his rural perch, on the lip of the Christie Conversation Area, to help folks recover from physical or emotional traumas through learning to drive horses. Two Clydesdale horses - Jack and Laddie, are his stout assistants. "I've always had a desireto help people," Richardson says. "It seems I can combine my hobby and still help." He says there's something about being around horses that brings peace the human animal. He should know. Richardson says his DNA ties him to Vikings who tamed horses centuries ago. Now he continues his genetic tradition and calms the patients of his retirement at the same time. "I kind of think Vikings got a bad rap," he says.