Skip to content

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.

More Stories

  • Walking In The Smokies stall deadline approaching

    The Walking In The Smokies Horse Show, scheduled for April 8-10, 2021, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is preparing for their first annual show and would like to send a reminder to anyone needing stalls that the deadline is March 15. Please contact Lexi Stinnett at 828-550-8520 to reserve stalls on the show grounds. Read More
  • Trainers' Show announces judges

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association National Trainers’ Show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. March 18-20, 2021. Judges for the three-day event will be Wayne Dean, Newton Parks and Johnny Puckett. Read More
  • USDA prepares for 2021 show season

    The USDA recently conducted their virtual HIO training course for the 2021 show season. The USDA and industry recently received the final report from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and some of the recommendations in that report are communicated in the new processes the USDA will implement in 2021... Read More
  • WHOA hosts virtual awards ceremony

    On Saturday. February 20th, the Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) held their National High Point awards for 2020 on their WHOA Facebook page with winners who chose to be zooming in to accept their awards... Read More
  • WHOA to host virtual awards ceremony on February 20

    The Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) will recognize their award winners from the 2020 show season during a virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The show will be broadcast live on WHOA’s Facebook page beginning at 6 pm central time. Read More
  • FAST Spring Showcase announces judging panel

    The FAST Spring Showcase is pleased to announce that John Fikes, Newton Parks and Sam Sorrell will judge this years’ two-day event. The show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. April 16-17, 2021... Read More
  • Obituary – Kimberly Woods

    Kimberly Lynn Woods, age 47 departed this life on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky... Read More
  • WHAA annual barn party rescheduled due to inclement weather

    There will be a lot of great items to auction as well as breeding fees to some of the top stallions in the industry and training fees for many of the top trainers. Everyone is encouraged to bring your young horses to preview for the upcoming show season. Read More
  • Birth Announcement – William Jackson Bauer

    Dr. & Mrs. Will  Bauer of Gainesville, Georgia welcomed their first child, William Jackson Bauer, on December 4, 2020. Jack weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces at birth... Read More
  • Equine Obituary – Master's Razzle and Jazz

    The Walking Horse Community and the Alan Riddley Family lost Master’s Razzle And Jazz, the reigning 2020 World Grand Champion, on Friday, February 5, 2021, due to complications of colic. Master’s Razzle And Jazz, affectionately known as “Lurch”, will forever be remembered by his gentle ways, powerful gait and his eye-catching presence. Read More