This weekend, we lost one of the most incredible, lovable, and talented horses I’ve ever known. It’s with a very heavy heart I write that Sunday evening, Fernhill Fearless (or more fondly, Sparky) was laid to rest after a stable accident.

It’s difficult to find the words to express how sad and shocked I feel right now. Sparky gave me so much and I owe him far beyond what I can ever repay.

I found Sparky at a time when my confidence was very shaken and it was his fearlessness that carried us both forward. He completely changed me as a rider and horsewoman, and I will be forever grateful to him. His love of cross-country taught me to be confident and committed, while his sensitive nature showed me how to be patient and gentle. He was a true partner and teacher, with the biggest, most selfless heart.

Sparky doing what he loves most:


While he often left us all holding our breath as he flew around course, he was always the gentlest soul in the barn. He won over all our hearts the moment we met him and was a true joy to be around every day. I’m so thankful to have had the chance to love him, and my heart goes out to all the people whose lives he touched.

Sparky, I miss you and will always be thinking of you. Thank you.

Read more about Sparky and his many accomplishments here.

Jersey Fresh SJ