Star H Equine Insurance was founded by Butch and Lucinda (McIver) Human and is an insurance agency devoted solely to serving the insurance needs of the equine industry.
Butch Human, Co-Owner of Star H Equine Insurance, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in Business Administration and a Major in Insurance. He has over 45 years insurance experience and over 50 years involvement with horses, having ridden several World and National Champions and Reserve Champions in both western pleasure and cutting. He currently rides and shows reining horses with his wife, Lucinda. In 2011, riding ‘Mr. Jerry Jac’ Butch earned his NRHA Green Reiner Buckle!
In addition to his extensive insurance career, Butch also retired from the United States Marine Corps with a rank of Colonel. He served in the Republic of Vietnam as an infantry platoon and company commander. For his service in Vietnam he was awarded the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Purple Heart.
Butch was the founder and former owner of Horse Insurance Specialists, Inc. in Pilot Point, Texas, which he built into one of the largest equine insurance agencies in the United States before selling the business in 1997 with the intention of retiring. After five years Butch realized that he was bored with retired life and decided to re-enter the equine insurance business, starting Star H Equine Insurance.
In 2007, after completing the tough 3 year program, Butch was awarded the insurance designation “Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist.”
Besides handling the day to day duties of running the backside of the agency, Lucinda works with clients and prospective clients on their farm and liability insurance needs. She is a licensed insurance agent and holds the hard earned Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS) designation
Lucinda successfully showed Hunters for almost 30 years, winning many Equitation Medal Finals and Year-End Hunter Championships, both as a Junior and as an Adult. She was an active NCHJA (NC Hunter/Jumper Association) Board Member for years, and judged NCHJA “C” level hunter shows for over 25 years. Lucinda also enjoyed sitting on the Board of Directors of the NC Horse Council for several years.
In 2003, Lucinda made the switch from showing hunters to showing reining horses, achieving her first reining goal in 2007 when, riding her ‘Mr Jerry Jac,’ placed 2nd in the very competitive and prestigious NRHA Rookie of the Year Finals. Lucinda has continued to show reiners, such as her wonderful “Baroom Gunslinger” on which she earned year end championships and NRHA Top Ten Finishes for several years. In 2014, Lucinda tried her hand at showing Futurity horses, finding to be quite a fun challenge. She continues to show in both ancillary and aged events.
She’s a Bulldog – University of Georgia Bulldog, that is! Lisa graduated from University of Georgia with an Animal Science Degree, and then spent 10 years at Mississippi State University as a Veterinarian Technician until she relocated to North Carolina which she now calls home. With this more technical background combined with her love of horses, Lisa can help you with your equine mortality and major medical insurance needs.
Lisa’s favorite equine sport is endurance riding, but while raising her two daughters, she’s been content with pleasure riding. In 2005, Lisa and her younger daughter, Amy, were the Yadkin Valley Hounds Timed Trail Ride Champions! Besides horses, Lisa has spent many years in fitness and recreation, teaching group fitness and personal training. Along with her husband, Scott, they enjoy watching their youngest daughter, Amy, play basketball for Guilford College, their oldest daughter, Kelsey, showing their mare, ‘Girlfriend,’ in local hunter shows around the Chapel Hill-Raleigh NC area. Lisa has turned her training attention to her dogs, ‘Jackson’ and ‘Boone’, currently competing in “Barn Hunt’ and ‘Agility’ trials, where Jackson has quickly earned quite a few titles. ‘Boone,’ a recent rescue, has started his training in both as well.
Cathy started her ‘horse adventure’ early with a pony named Prince and quickly moved on to her thoroughbred/quarter horse mix, a sorrel named Dusty. Western pleasure was the name of the game, unless she rode bareback with only a halter. She and Dusty had many adventures together until his untimely death just 6 weeks prior to Cathy’s marriage to Donald.
Various jobs then raising two boys kept her too busy to pursue another horse. Cathy’s oldest, Mark, lives and works (three jobs!) in South Charlotte. Her youngest, Randy, is attending UNC-Charlotte majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is a member and driver of the formula SAE team.
Cathy received her BS in Communications from Wingate College while her husband Donald served his country in the Navy. They had dated prior and reconnected after those four years and the rest is history. They celebrate their 30th year anniversary in October 2016.
Cathy comes to Star H after 13+ years at Johnson Insurance Services/Johnson Farm Ag Insurance where she spent the last 8+ years in the farm department with a focus on the poultry industry. Tired of chickens, she has returned to her first love – horses.
Cathy looks forward to assisting you with your farm and liability needs. She is a licensed insurance agent and holds both the Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and Agribusiness & Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS) designations.
The youngest member of the Star H group, Allison Trottier, began riding saddlebreds at age 8. She moved from saddleseat to hunters when she attended UNCG, where she became the equestrian team captain during her sophomore year. Allison graduated with a B.A. in Nutrition with a minor in Health.
Allison loves her dog Beezie, who has become the office mascot and fur-friend to all. She has a quarter horse named Dr. J whom she learned the discipline of reining. Although he’s retired, she rode another mare to compete in Beginner Reiner classes, earning Top 5 finishes in both the VRHA and SERHA reining associations. Allison will continue to show “Spicey” in 2016 in the NRHA Green Reiner. She is the queen of rescues, Beezie, and her cat Saratoga all found forever homes with her.
A life-long Yankees fan, you can find Allison in downtown Winston cheering for her team during baseball season.
Maggie has adored horses since she was a little girl taking riding lessons with her sister. The strictness of riding English and netting her wild hair led her toward the Western side. Life interceded where she married and raised two boys who grew into fine young men (she says she’s not bragging). Many years ago, while working at a therapeutic riding center, she became reacquainted with her lost love and finally got her own horse, Jack. After 10 fun-filled years of trail riding around North Carolina with Jack, her beloved quarter horse passed away.
Maggie began working for Star H in August 2013 and enjoys the variety of job assignments where she handles everything from finances to marketing and computer support. Bringing her dog, Toby, to the office is a huge bonus, although having 10 dogs begging treats and playing at her feet makes it feel a bit like doggy day-care. But she loves it!
In her spare time, she’s working on her Young Adult novel about the Civil War, when she’s not quilting or playing cards or scrap booking.
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Valerie was the first employee hired by Butch Human when Star H Insurance office opened for business in 2004. Valerie worked part time until 2008. Four years later, she was asked if she would consider returning to Star H again, and she said yes.
Valerie retired after a 32-year career as an Admissions Officer at the North Carolina School of Arts, now known as the University of NC School of the Arts. With an interest in the arts, especially music and dance, this was the perfect work environment. Valerie is now in her 17th year as a member of a local tap dancing group that performs several times a month.
Valerie and her husband, Larry, have been horse owners for 25 years. For approximately 20 years they owned Paint horses, specializing in trail riding. In addition to local riding, they also took riding vacations throughout the western US and Canada. Valerie is the only one that rides now and enjoys trail riding her Morgan horse, Nathan, with friends. In addition to trail riding she also was a volunteer for several years with a local therapeutic riding program.
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