About Lana Calonico
She was there at the moment tragedy came
When my horse lost her life after suffering pain
The time was uncertain and full of fear
Holding me close, my angel stood near
My angel kept giving straight from the heart
A brand new horse, and a brand new start
The closeness we share is more precious than gold
She's my guardian angel to have and to hold
She has stayed by my side through all of the pain
As close as a mother with nothing to gain
I'm grateful to have her and thank God everyday
For my angel named Joan who guided my way
© 2002, Lana Calonico
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About Lana Calonico
High school student Lana told us: I've lived in Willits, California all my life and have been riding horses since I was five. In July 2001, I purchased my first horse. A beautiful 5-year-old Paint mare. She had been professionally trained and was everything I wanted. I boarded my horse at the R-Horse Ranch in Willits. Joan Craighead owns the ranch and breeds champion Quarterhorses. About 2 months passed by, and I purchased a little 4-month-old filly from Joan I named Glory. Sadly, 3 months later, my horse developed colic and died. That's when Joan stepped in and sold me another riding horse. She's a very special person in my life. I didn't know how to show my appreciation. So, for Valentine's Day 2002, I wrote Joan this poem above and gave it to her. I also recited it at her birthday party on April 19th in front of 130 people. It makes everyone cry, including me. Joan and I are so close now, I call her Grandma. It's all thanks to her that I have my dream. They'll never be a day I don't love and appreciate her.
The above picture is of Glory and Lana.
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