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  • Writer's pictureKathy Winkler Studio


This precious mare, Stardust, passed suddenly, a week ago Friday, from colitis, a fatal illness for horses. She would have been 20 years old on June 6. My trainer and friend, Mo and I, plan on spreading her ashes on her birthday in Mo’s special garden reserved just for special horses.

I was the proud guardian of Stardust for 13 years of her life. She was registered as an American Warmblood. I raised her from a foal, having owned her mama for a short time. She was beautiful and classy. Her mom (Thoroughbred) won her maiden race at Pimlico. Her sire was the famous number one stallion in Germany, Nebelhorn. He won numerous awards in Europe before coming to the U.S. Here he achieved Grand Prix in dressage, and a National Champion show jumper in the hunter ring. She was taller than both parents, topping all of 17.2 hands. Mo, affectionately called her T-Rex.

I had so much fun with this gentle giant. Mo was teaching me to teach her how to jump several years ago. She was a willing partner, and the smoothest ride I have ever experienced from a horse. She will be greatly missed. But, I am so glad I had the opportunity to have had Stardust in my life. Such an amazing presence.


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