Next fall, in October 2016, the riding club and stables at Fermilab will close, but their 45 years at the laboratory will leave an important legacy, a reminder that Robert Wilson’s vision of Fermilab as a pioneering laboratory extended to the vast prairie land on which it is built.

On Sept. 19, 1986, as part of a lab-wide party, then-director Leon Lederman inspired fellow physicists on the noble quest for knowledge by donning a knight’s suit of armor and ascending the stairs in front of Wilson Hall on his horse Cody.