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Equine Obituary – Mr. Pushlite



Mr. Pushlite

12-13-2000 to 2-17-2010

Mr. Pushlite foaled December 13, 2000. This strawberry roan colt was bred by Annie Williamson of Hopkinsville, KY. His sire was Mister Pushbutton and his dam was Jubilee’s Starstruck. 

In 2006 Mr. Pushlite caught the eye of trainer, Edgar Abernathy and was brought to Abernathy Stables where he became more than just an average horse. His personality touched everyone and he was special to all who were fortunate enough to have known him. 

One young lady in particular had a special bond with him that was never broken.  In 2007 Mr. Pushlite was purchased for Lizzie Umberger which was a dream come true for her.

This team went on to collect several first and second place titles in Mississippi and the Mid-South area. That fall Abernathy Stables took Mr. Pushlite and Lizzie to the Celebration for their first trip together. They showed and did well and returned to the show again in the Championship Juvenile Class. 

Following the Celebration Lizzie was diagnosed with Leukemia. Although most of her time was spent at the hospital every free chance that she had was spent at the barn with Mr. Pushlite. The bond they shared could not be broken. 

In the spring of 2008, Lizzie was well enough to ride and Abernathy Stables took Mr. Pushlite to Holly Springs where she won the Juvenile 12-17 class with him. This would be their last show ring appearance together. 

During 2008 Lizzie, was in and out of the hospital but was determined for her precious Pushlite to continue his career. Lynn Brady Tipton, Edgar Abernathy and Joseph Abernathy showed the talented gelding placing top honors at several big named events.  He was also the crowd favorite at Tunica in 2008 with Joseph Abernathy aboard while Lizzie watched from the side lines patiently waiting to return to the ring.

In February of 2009, Lizzie returned to the hospital for the last time. After fighting the cancer with all her might there was nothing left to do. Our hearts were all broken but so was the heart of this animal. Very quickly things started going wrong with him. What seemed to be a healthy ten-year-old horse went down hill quickly.

One day while Edgar was riding him he started hopping on his back foot. After an examination we were told that he should be turned out in the pasture and that we should not ride him again. In less than a years time his health continued to decline and on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, the decision was made to humanly put him to rest.

It was obvious to those who knew him well that he was ready to go be with Lizzie. He is finally happy again with his precious Lizzie riding in the big ring in the sky.  Mr. Pushlite was buried on the farm at Abernathy Stables where his memory as well as Lizzie’s will live forever.

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