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Childhood horse grew into a horse for children

By on November 29, 2017 in Pets with 0 Comments

Valentine and Suzanne, circa 1989.

Suzanne Grassell recently said goodbye to her 37-year old horse, Valentine. The grey Arabian mare had been a part of her life for 30 years.

“She was my dream horse,” said Suzanne. “I begged for a horse for years, and my parents finally bought her for my birthday. Growing up, we tried everything — English and western riding, barrels, games and trails. Because she would do it all, we would win high-point awards.”

In later life, Valentine taught Suzanne’s children to ride. “All of my children have ridden Valentine. My six-year old daughter, Annalise, has become quite an accomplished rider.”

Suzanne also owns Valentine’s only son, 27-year-old Banner, and a 22-year-old pinto named Sampson.

“These horses have been a huge part of my life. Riding gives children so much confidence, and Valentine in particular has been wonderful with children. She has taught so many of our friends to ride, and has even visited a local daycare.

“Even in her very old age, Valentine was always beautiful in my eyes. I want people to know that old horses can be worth their weight in gold. She had a truly great heart, and we will really miss her.”

Suzanne Grassell works for Chelan PUD and is also a bronze sculpture artist.

Valentine and Annalise, May 2017.

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