The Headless Horseman: Father, son saddle up together to thrill guests


John Stewart has portrayed the Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie for nine years. This season, his son, Andrew, rides with him for the first time.

By Hannah Kiefer
John Stewart has ridden as the Headless Horseman for nine years. But this year is extra special. His 20-year-old son Andrew is riding with him for the first time.

For many years, Andrew has been a groundsman for his dad, one of the people who accompany Headless Horseman riders and keep things running smoothly. “We always have a fun family time,” John said.

John and his family, who live in Noblesville, have been Conner Prairie members for many years. They have a hobby farm, so riding in Headless Horseman seemed like a natural fit. “We fell in love with everything,” he said. “It was a pretty easy decision.”

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Beautisha: Actress Sarah Latimer portrays crowd favorite at Headless Horseman


Beautisha, played by actress Sarah Latimer, is a crowd favorite at Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman festival.

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Beautisha has been played by actress Sarah Latimer at Headless Horseman since 2013.

Outside her character, she is an administrative assistant in the nuclear testing department at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. Originally from Indianapolis, Sarah is the daughter of two florists and has six brothers.

She graduated from Ben Davis High School and attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Sarah and husband Tim, a teacher with Hamilton Southeastern schools, have two grown children. Learn more about Sarah: Continue reading

Preston Dildine: The character behind Ed the Mad Scientist at Headless Horseman

edEd the Mad Scientist, portrayed by actor Preston Dildine during Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman festival, is a popular draw at Conner Scairie.

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Preston Dildine started working at Conner Prairie four years ago, as Ed the Mad Scientist during Headless Horseman.

He was recently hired as a part-time interpreter. Before that, he co-operated a dinner theater. He’s also worked as a ballroom instructor and is an actor, director and play write. Originally from Mace, Ind., Preston graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in theater.

The actor shared a little about himself recently by asking five quick questions: Continue reading

Meet actor Mark Cashwell, who plays fanged Dr. Acula at Headless Horseman


Mark Cashwell is in his second year of portraying Dr. Acula at Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman festival.

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Mark Cashwell is in his second year of portraying Dr. Acuala at Headless Horseman. He is also in an ensemble at ComedySportz and works part-time at AutoVin in Indianapolis.

Originally from Tompkinsville, Ky., he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater from Berea College in Berea, Ky. He has lived in Broad Ripple for the past seven years.

Dr. Acula’s a popular character inside Conner Scairie this time of year. Mark shares a little information about himself by answering a quick five questions: Continue reading

Rachel Sego: 5 questions for actress who portrays Conner Scairie’s Holly Ween


Interpreter Rachel Sego portrays Holly Ween at Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman festival.

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Rachel Sego has played Holly Ween since 2013, the first year that the monsters of Conner Scairie debuted at the Headless Horseman festival. That same year, she graduated college and landed an interpreter job at Conner Prairie while substitute teaching.

Originally from Avon, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and theater from Anderson University. She married husband Preston, a software engineer, in 2015 and the couple lives in Fishers.

We asked Rachel to share a little bit about herself, since she’s such a popular character at Headless Horseman, by answering five quick questions: Continue reading