In Memoriam.

A loving farewell to Jupiter
by Peyton

My dearest Jupiter

You’ve without a doubt left tremendous hoofprints on hearts across the state, from far and wide, younger and older. As proud and king-like as you always were when you were performing, I’ve never seen another soul that had unwavering kindness no matter the situation or recipient. Although you could not speak, you somehow managed to touch my soul and become my best friend. From the faithful moment I met you all those years ago at the NW Horse Expo in March of 2012, I knew we would have a bond that crossed between species, abilities and any other barriers that could be thrown at us. At the time of our first meeting, I was suffering from tremendous physical pain and yet I forgot about everything if only for a few moments. Through your kindness and trust, I became a part of a phenomenal group of horseback riders that have changed my life, all of which due to that one fateful moment eight years ago. The BlackPearl Friesian Dance Troupe has changed my life in ways I cannot imagine. I have made friends with some of the most incredible people and horses on this earth, and none of that would’ve happened had I not taken the time to connect with you at the meet and greet. Thank you Jupiter for introducing me to the best humans in my life. Jupiter, I can’t thank you enough for the beautiful memories we have shared together through these years (and thank you, Meg, for allowing me to be his stall buddy and for SO MUCH MORE) Spending birthdays, horse expos and cold practice days with you and the BlackPearls are very much my favorite memories, and I can’t wait to create more special experiences alongside the wonderful people I call my second family even though you won’t be here to witness them. As I move through life without your presence and positive influence by my side, I will always keep you in the forefront of my mind especially when the going gets rough. My biggest dream in this life is to spread the love and joy that you brought to me in my darkest times with people who may be going through the same thing and somehow manage to pay forward all of the never-ending love that you showed me no matter the situation. Everything I do until the very end, I will do as a tribute to you in the beautiful life that you lived.

Thank you, and I love you with my whole heart.

Jay Doane passed away on November 4 th , 2014 at the young age of 47. He was a wonderful man, father, and son who was loved by all who knew him. Jay became an affiliate member of the Black Pearls in 2012 with his daughter Sophie. They spent many happy days together watching the Pearls practice. Then once it was over, performing member and friend, Rachel Lusby would give Sophie lessons on her horse. Jay would take endless pictures and watch his daughter with pride as she learned new things about horses and had the time of her life. He was the best father Sophie could ask for.

Ken Shefveland

We lost a friend and mentor of the BlackPearls  

Ken you’re missed ~ but reunited with Slick! 
Best of eternal life to you…
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