Big send-off for Wilbur as he steps into retirement

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Wilbur with some of his many friends. He is off to enjoy his retirement in Michigan. Photos: Averett University
Wilbur with some of his many friends. He is off to enjoy his retirement in Michigan. Photos: Averett University

Wilbur has received quite a send-off from Virginia’s Averett University, after 15 years of valuable service to its nationally recognized equestrian studies program.

The plaque that recognizes Wilbur's many years of service.
The plaque that recognizes Wilbur’s many years of service.

There was a plaque, a beautifully iced cake, a ribbon, and lots of hugs for Wilbur as he took his first steps into retirement.

Wilbur, whose official name is Freeunion Rocket Redglare, played an integral part in more than 2000 lessons for an estimated 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.

Before his departure, he was honored in a special retirement celebration at Averett’s Equestrian Center.

It was attended by several Averett students, faculty members and administrators, with Averett President Dr Tiffany Franks delivering some poignant remarks about Wilbur.

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.

The university’s equestrian program has about 40 horses.

Yes, there was cake
Yes, there was cake.
Wilbur's formal retirement was quite an occasion.
Wilbur’s formal retirement was quite an occasion.

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