ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Li'l Sebastian 22 years old , born on July 1, 1988 and passed away on May 20, 2011. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Maria Fallavollita on May 6, 2019
Well, Li'l Sebastian, you would be so proud right now if you saw your son Li'l li'l Sebastian at his first harvest festival. He was absolutely radiant with the photographers--and made some of his fans faint! He has your spirit in him.
Posted by Charlotte Kepner on April 16, 2019
I can't stop crying #neverforgetyou #Skyponynow
Posted by Annie Hamer on April 16, 2019
"Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream."—Euripides
Lil' horse...big heart... so many memories... i miss you lil' guy... hope you're livin it up in horsey heaven...
“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”—Emily Dickinson
Posted by Charlotte Kepner on April 16, 2019
Li'l Sebastian I will never forget you, you meant everything to me, you were my world. I can never stop loving you. You were the world. There is no more moon, no more sun. Food has no flavor, the world has no color. You gave me so much joy and then you took it all away. I may never be able to forgive you for that, but I will never forget you and never stop loving you. Have fun eating hay in the sky. Or corn or whatever you eat.
Posted by Kyra Arroyo on April 16, 2019
Li'l Sebastian changed my life. He helped me find my husband, and was the godfather to my eight beautiful children.
Posted by Maria Fallavollita on April 11, 2019
Li'l Sebastian, you were a li'l horse, but a giant inspiration. You taught that it is possible to be a big presence in a tiny body, and for that, I am eternally grateful to you.

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Posted by Maria Fallavollita on May 6, 2019
Well, Li'l Sebastian, you would be so proud right now if you saw your son Li'l li'l Sebastian at his first harvest festival. He was absolutely radiant with the photographers--and made some of his fans faint! He has your spirit in him.
Posted by Charlotte Kepner on April 16, 2019
I can't stop crying #neverforgetyou #Skyponynow
Posted by Annie Hamer on April 16, 2019
"Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream."—Euripides
Lil' horse...big heart... so many memories... i miss you lil' guy... hope you're livin it up in horsey heaven...
“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”—Emily Dickinson
his Life

He was an animal, a legend, a friend. He was our beacon of light. He was Pawnee’s horse. In what is surely the most monumental news to come out of Pawnee since the eradication of smallpox in 1993, it is with sorrow that we report: Li’l Sebastian is dead. But he will never leave our hearts and our memories.

Sebastian may have been li’l, but his impact on this town, and the Parks Department, was anything but li’l. When his owners, Michael and Elizabeth Stone, first discovered him, Elizabeth says it was “like seeing an angel and being punched in the gut at the same time – because as perfect as he was, we knew we’d never see anything that perfect again.” Michael goes on to say, “I love my wife, I do. But I LOVED Li’l Sebastian.”

Li’l Sebastian spent his years out in the field, changing the world. He was a goodwill ambassador for Indiana Veterans and went to Kuwait to entertain the troops. A champion climber, he was a member of the Great Lakes Ski Patrol and Emergency Rescue Team, serving as its captain from 1996-98. He participated in the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, even marching in front of Buckingham Palace. (Speaking of marching, that wonderful tiny horse trotted in every single Pawnee Independence Parade from 1987 on – except for 2003, when an ankle injury kept him sidelined. Though with no fewer than four floats in his honor, it sure felt like he was there!) And who can forget when he received his honorary degree from Notre Dame University? That’s Dr. Li’l Sebastian to you!

And then there was his lengthy relationship Li’l Agnes. The two met at a fund-raiser for then-Senator Evan Bayh, and for two years, they were inseparable, until, for reasons we still do not know, she soured on him. His heartbreak was palpable, leading to a six-month sabbatical from the public eye. But after a while, he got back on the horse(s). You know the names – Li’l Zelda, Li’l Jasmine, Li’l Courtney, and a brief weekend encounter with Big Jim – but sadly, he never married again.

In his final days, Li’l Sebastian was still entertaining boys and girls of all ages. What a workhorse! Despite being 23 years old, having cataracts in both eyes and severe arthritis, he was out there, with all of us, spreading joy and cheer. And now he, too, has left this earth.

His legacy will live on. He sired over 200 mini-horse children, ensuring that future generations of Pawneeans, Americans and citizens of the world will continue laughing and sharing the joy of the Sebastian line.

Li’l Sebastian, we miss you. But we know you are in heaven, looking down on us, doing your two favorite things: eating carrots and urinating freely.

So gallop on, Li’l Sebastian, in that big horsey ring in the sky.

Recent stories

The time lil seb saved my parents from a burning building

Shared by Charlotte Kepner on April 16, 2019

Lil Sebbie is a hero and treasure. One day, my parents got caught in a grease fire caused by their love of Pawnee's favorite treat- fried lard. They were trapped inside and couldn't get out. I was outside screaming hysterically when Sebbie saw. He trotted into the fire, with no regard to his own safety or well-being. He didn't come out until he had both of parents safely strapped onto his saddle. He dragged them out of the fire mostly unharmed though slightly crispy. I could never repay his generosity and kindness. 

Pawnee Harvest Festival

Shared by Maria Fallavollita on April 11, 2019

Li'l Sebastian was the star of the show at the Harvest festival, raising money for the Pawnee parks department and even being his sneaky li'l self escaping to explore the corn maze.