In Memory of My Lucky Star – Lukie

My Lucky Star (aka Lukie) was laid to rest on Thursday August 25th.  He was cared for by Leslie Kamptner for over 2 decades and lived a full and prosperous life.  In 2003 I was introduced to Lukie while still training at Gold Creek.  I met this amazing woman Leslie; who had a special pony she cared for in Bridle Trails.  When it was time for Leslie to purchase a horse…I knew we would need to find an exceptional home for Lukie.  I was in the process of building my lesson program and offered to do an evaluation on Lukie and see if he was a good fit.  I remember meeting him for the first time at the Bridle Trails Big Arena.  I fell in love immediately!!  He was well into his teen years and did not know his lead changes…but I knew he was going to be perfect.  Leslie allowed me to do a care lease with Lukie and we eventually bought her horse Willow.  Lukie was amazing with the kids, jumped around like a pro…and yes; he even learned to do his flying lead changes!!!  In 2004-2005 Lukie showed in the short stirrup division; with great success.  Lukie continued to teach young kids to ride and jump and was always such a pleasure to have in the barn.  In 2010 we decided it was time for Lukie to “officially” retire and live out his days at Rider’s Edge Farm.  He did this by taking daily walks with Leslie through the Farrel Mcwhirter Horse Park, teaching ground-work to both kids and adults and enjoying daily turnout in our grass fields.  I feel so grateful to have met Leslie and Lukie and am honored he was able to enjoy his last days here at our farm.  Lukie will truly be missed!!

Rest in peace “Lukie Man”