In Memoriam


Until we meet again - you have given me the inspiration to continue to care for those horses who need help and love like no other has given to them.  I will care for those you have sent to me with all of my ability.  I will weep fountains for the missing of your love and companionship.

Created by Marla Au for Belle


Fraulein was a small baby who lived in one place her entire life, having brought me three kittens, and who was feral.  She was adopted in December of 1999, and died on 5 June 2014 having lived longer than she would have and so very very loved and taken care of.  She will be missed but her life is celebrated and made me a better person for it.


Jake was a gorgeous Hungarian Vizsla born just outside of Stratford upon Avon in England in 1998.  He was the silliest, most handsome, boy I could have ever loved.  He was with me for 15 years, 1 month, and 5 days and left on his own terms.  He was a good boy and he loved me with all he had.  When he was young, he could fly after a frisbee no matter how far you threw it, and he LOVED playing ball.  He will forever be in my heart and soul and I will never forget him or what he gave to me - which was pure and unconditional love. 


This was one of the first horses I rode during lessons at Criswood Farm in Manassas.  This former retired police thoroughbred, was one of the only horses I wanted to ride - maybe since he was a flea bitten gray?  The story is that he was injured on duty and his eye was infected and had to be removed.  He was then retired.  The Christophers took him in and gave him a chance.  He was one of the best lesson horses they had!  He passed on 4 November 2011 from colic (had been very colicy for a few months).  We honor his life here.  These photos were from this past summer at the camps and from years past.

Summer Camp as Santa - Photo by Kathy

A few years ago, Photo by Kaitlyn Olson


Portrait by Jack Lindsay

In Rememberance - a life too short but honored and remembered.

Cherokee - aka Cherry

The farm lost Cherokee on 2 February 2019 - a beautiful but cautious horse.  She was abandoned by her owner, but I decided after seeing her standing there one day with the flies eating up her legs and no one to personally care for her that I would be the one to do so.  I promised her that, and I checked on her just as if she was my own.  My sweet sweet Cherry - I will miss you with all of my heart.  Thank you for trusting me.