Lasting Star Equestrian consists of Joanna Russell, her husband, Jonathan Hege and Landon. We are a small, family breeder located in the heart of the Midwest, producing only 1-2 foals per year, you can rest assured that our horses receive excellent care. At Lasting Star Equestrian, we have a mixture of mares and geldings, most of whom are home bred, that we have brought along since day 1. We keep our mares and foals turned out almost 24/7, only keeping them stalled enough to learn how to live in a stall, and for inclement weather. 

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Joanna has ridden and competed since a very early age, she grew up in the United States Pony Club reaching the rating of HB, while also competing at USPC Nationals as a stable manager, and competing at the National, North American, and International level in Quiz. Joanna also rode on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team at Truman State University at the Open level, for both fences and flat, and was ecstatic for the chance to represent her team at IHSA Nationals as Team Open Fences rider, and then again twice as an Alumni in fences and flat. She has a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Business, and a Minor in Equine Studies, and was a Teachers Assistant for Equine Reproductive Practicum, as well a several levels of Horsemanship class, and for Horse Training Techniques. Joanna now works for Cargill Animal Nutrition as a Sales Representative for Nutrena Feeds and Progressive Nutrition, ensuring each horse in our care receives an age appropriate diet designed to maximize their genetic potential.


Jonathan grew up on a dairy farm out East, which gave him a significant head start on horse handling, breeding, and is especially foaling out. He has a natural calm, quiet presence that helps bring the best out of the horses on the ground. He is great with a pair of clippers and owns H&H Diesel Performance, and uses his skills to keep all of our equipment in excellent condition. 


Landon helps feed the horses, take sale photos, and helps teach the babies to lead.