By Laura Downey, Editorial Intern
Congratulations to our newest Fan of the Month, June Evers and her whimsical partner in crime, Beasley!
June is 50 years old and currently resides in Goshen, New York, just 55 miles from the big apple. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in 1986, and worked in advertising, graphic design, and promotions before starting her own business, Hollow Horse Press, 22 years ago. Most popular for their fun bumper sticker designs, they sell products all over the US, Canada, and the Netherlands.
Keep reading to find out more about June and her horse Beasley!
What are the registered name and bloodlines of the horse in the photo?
Beasley the Wonder Horse is a PMU from a now defunct PMU farm on the Canadian border of North Dakota. I was able to find the farm through much research and have guessed his breeding to be 1/2 Thoroughbred, 1/4 Quarter Horse and 1/4 Percheron based on his physical attributes (his face looks very TB) as well as the horses standing at stud at this particular PMU ranch and the mares they had. I adopted him at 18 months.
What is his barn name and how old is he?
His barn name is Beasley and he is 12 years old.
How did you come to own Beasley?
I went to an open house with several truckloads of PMUs run by a local horse rescue. This local rescue had three paddocks of PMUs; one of incredibly drafty ones, one of unbelievably wild ones and a paddock that had three very sweet ones that had been handled before. Beasley is a cribber and was pretty much rejected by most adopters. Interestingly, this open house allowed us to enter the paddock to walk among these sweeter foals. Beasley basically put his head in my arms. He was pretty thin and probably a little weak. He came off as very placid and unflappable...an attribute I wanted.
What kind of events do you and Beasley participate in?
I initially bought him as I had grandiose plans to show him in various hunter divisions and eventually fox hunt. So I started training him myself but really ended up trail riding him. We'd trailer to many parks in the area. Because he has some issues that might have been caused by some mild malnutrition, I had a terrible time fitting him with a saddle. So most of the training and trail rides were done bareback which I happen to love.?I finally found a western saddle that seem to fit him a bit better, but it still was never great.
What made you want to start participating in your event?
I guess I was a ribbon hound. When I finally got a blue ribbon way back when I did lose some interest in showing.
Do you and Beasley do any charity work?
Beasley is an extra special horse, as during Thanksgiving week he will be running an advice column to support Special Horses, Inc., a? company devoted to fundraising to support non-profit equine groups that rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome horses. With a $5 donation you can ask Beasley questions on anything from training, to love life issues. Beasley will start answering questions at 12:00 noon (EST) on November 25, until 6:00 PM (EST) on November 27. To learn more about this great cause, or to find out how to ask Beasley a question, check out www.specialhorses.org.