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Starless Night

Circus Ring Of Fame

 
 
Starless Night Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, February 27, 2020
1. Starless Night Marker
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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.

John F. Cuneo, Jr. and Prospect Stable of Sarasota

 
Erected 2018 by John F. Cuneo, Jr. and Prospect Stable of Sarasota.
 
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Location. 27° 19.08′ N, 82° 34.629′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is at the intersection of St Armands Circle and South Boulevard of the Presidents when traveling south on St Armands Circle. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 St Armands Circle, Sarasota FL 34236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Allen Bloom (here, next to this marker); “Rogana” – Dora Foster (here, next to this marker); Reggie Armor (here, next to this marker); The Flying Espanas (here, next to this marker); The Fredonias (here, next to this marker); Cedric Walker (here, next to this marker); Charles Robert Sidlow (here, next to this marker); Ursula Boettcher and Alaska (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
 
More about this marker. The "Circus Ring Of Fame” recognizes those persons who made a significant contribution to the art and culture of the circus. With dozens of inductees from around the world. The Ring Of Fame began
Starless Night Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, February 27, 2020
2. Starless Night Marker
in 1986 as a way to honor world famous circus performers and the rich circus heritage of the Sarasota, Florida area.
 
Also see . . .  Circus Ring of Fame Foundation. (Submitted on March 24, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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