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Circus Ring of Fame Wheel Plaque

Starless Night

Inducted into the Ring of Fame: 2017

Circus Profession: Famous Dressage Horse

starless night Circus Ring Of Fame Foundation inductee

The incomparable Black American saddle bred mare, Starless Night, owned and trained by Capt. William Heyer, appeared in numerous circuses and other venues throughout her stellar career, including the Ed Sullivan Show. Always in demand and requested for return engagements, she was noted for her flawless grooming and performances which included a dressage routine of high school movements often associated with Olympic competitions, followed by a Spanish walk, pirouettes and dressage in time to the music. She seemed to be dancing and enjoying performing. Starless Night also led the circus parade downtown Sarasota for the movie The Greatest Show On Earth.

The beauty and grace of Starless Night represents, for the Ring Of Fame, the thousands of steeds considered the mainstay of the circus world, not only as performers, but the means by which shows moved day to day. The earliest drawings of circuses prominently featured equestrian routines.