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Evelyn: A Life Cut Short


A very upsetting event happened at Battle in the Saddle: Jamie Osborne’s Palomino mare, Evelyn, disappeared from her stall at the Show Place Arena in the wee hours of Saturday morning, January 15, 2022. “She was last seen in Barn F in her stall eating her hay at the Shelby Showplace Arena in Memphis, TN at 2:30 a.m. Sat. Morning,” she posted on facebook. To this day, they still don’t know how she got out of her stall.

Jamie and husband John were, needless to say, extremely upset, but were also heartened by the outpouring of help in looking for her. They even filed a report with Net Posse, which was circulated all over the country.

Sadly, the mare was found deceased five days later (January 20, 2022) off Walnut Grove Road west of Haley Harvest Road near the Agricenter. No cause of death was given by the news media. It was a bittersweet end to the search. Then, words of condolences came pouring in from all over the country and the Osbornes were, again, heartened by all the kind support from the horse community.

It was especially sad for the family because they had bred for her and raised her from a foal, and she was a part of the family. Her sire was Shawne Bug Leo and she was out of Jamie’s mare A Fire Inside, aka “Jetta.” She was only three years old and was beginning to learn barrel racing skills. Evelyn’s registered name was JLB A Fiery Bug Leo.
Jamie wrote this tribute to Evelyn on facebook:

Death will always be a part of living in this big book of life. Unfortunately, we can never know when our chapter is up.
Sometimes things happen that you just cannot explain, that we will never understand, and that we will never want to accept.

Evelyn was perfect. Not a single thing about her was bad or wrong. I had so many big plans and dreams for her, but God does, too. God knows what is best for all creatures here on this earth.

Losing her was never part of my plan today. And as much as I don’t want to accept it, I have to.

Evelyn Lou, I know in my heart that where you are now is absolutely beautiful and the most perfect place we could ever dream of being. Heaven has gained one of the prettiest and sweetest horses I will ever be blessed to own and be around.  I love you so much and I will forever miss you sweet girl.

Jamie and John Osborne are so very appreciative to everyone who came out to help look for her on foot, on horseback, flying a drone, even paddling in a boat down the Wolf River – and especially to the MPD helicopter pilot who flew over the area to try to locate her. “We greatly appreciate everyone who came out to help us. We are so thankful for all the efforts of people who temporarily put their own lives on hold to help look for her. To all people in the equine community, including random people we did not even know, who just genuinely cared – you are all amazing and we are so grateful to you,” Jamie said.

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