Jojo broke his leg in a pasture accident this weekend. The out pouring of love on facebook for Jojo speaks to the impact a horse can have on the lives of people. Thank you Jojo for what you meant to so many people.
|Jojo (left) with girlfriend Midge|
I am so heartbroken today, but I am beyond grateful to have been a part of Jojo's life, he was and always will be a huge part of mine. He was my one in a million. I can't say thank you enough to all of those that loved and watched over him after I left, so many of you sent me updates and pictures all the time-each one always lifted my heart. It is so nice to hear all of your happy memories of him too. Thank you.
It is with the heaviest heart that I learn of Jojo's passing. You were, by far, one of the kindest, hardest working horses i have ever had the privilege of riding and being around. You were 100% heart and gave everything to every person who worked with you. May the pastures be forever green up there sweet boy; you deserve everything and more.
|Photo by Kim Graves|
I was lucky enough to have JoJo as my fill in horse my freshman year when my horse got hurt and could not come to school with me. He was the absolute best! So many good memories with him winning blue ribbons and helping a lot of us to qualify for regionals, zones and Nationals! He was the best partner to have for any flat class with his smooth sitting trot. He was also the number one go to for ANRC with Janelle Harcus Jennifer Callahan and Caroline Taylor Jackson . I'll never forget that cute little face.
I'm sure he is up there now with many of the other special horses that we have lost frolicking in rich green pastures.
Rest in peace sweet JoJo. I feel incredibly blessed to have been a part of your life. Most of my St. Andrews memories and biggest riding accomplishments include you. You were IHSA extroadinair, I qualified for IHSA Zones and Nationals on you. Wore my first shadbelly on you at ANRC and confirmed my love of hunters. I basically compare every horse I sit on to you, and those are big shoes to fill! Hope you're eating peppermints by the handful up there and if anyone tells you to walk faster remind them that "you can't rush perfection"!
It was hard to hear that you're no longer here with us. Jojo you were a great horse. I will miss you and I know everyone at St. Andrews Equestrian will too.