Star Averett Horse Retires, Rides Off Into Sunset

Posted on June 3rd, 2015 by Emily Tomlinson

For 15 years, he was the beloved workhorse of Averett’s nationally recognized Equestrian Studies program, an integral part of over 2,000 lessons for approximately 300 riders. He also participated in at least 60 horse shows, and was named the “High Scoring Horse of the Show” at several Intercollegiate Dressage Association shows.

On May 29, the horse fondly known as “Wilbur” (a.k.a. Freeunion Rocket Redglare) rode off into the sunset after being honored in a special retirement celebration held at Averett’s Equestrian Center. In attendance were several Averett students, faculty members and administrators, and Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks delivered some poignant remarks. Retired Equestrian Studies Professor Jane Faulkner, who was responsible for bringing Wilbur to Averett in 2000, was also honored for her 26 years of service to Averett during the ceremony. Wilbur will be enjoying his retirement at Faulkner’s farm in Michigan.

To see a photo album of the retirement celebration, please go here.

To watch a TV news feature about the event, please click here.