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Devoted trainer and horse show volunteer Judy E. Thayer of Kirkwood, PA died July 11, 2014, three weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. She was 58.
Mrs. Thayer was born in Englewood, NJ on April 23, 1956 to Robert and Eileen Erickson and caught the horse bug early. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in animal science, she went to work as a trainer at Radnor Hunt Stables (PA) under Sally Graburn. When Graburn retired in 1981, Mrs. Thayer purchased the farm and continued to manage its day-to-day operations and lesson program with her husband of 32 years, Edward “Ed” Thayer, by her side.
She competed through the intermediate level in eventing. Her lifelong passion for horses also inspired her to devote much of her time to volunteering in the horse world. Mrs. Thayer was heavily involved with the Fair Hill International CCI*** (MD) as a volunteer since the three-day began in 1989. She helped to organize and manage the event, as well as served on the Fail Hill committee as treasurer. “Judy was the heart and soul of Fail Hill International, and it’s hard to imagine the organization without her,” said Charlie Colgan, the executive director of Fair Hill International.
Mrs. Thayer also served as chairman of US Combined Training Association (now the US Eventing Association (USEA)) Area II and volunteered as a show jumping coach for Pony Clubs around the Eastern Pennsylvania. Despite her busy schedule, she never missed a trip to the National Pony Club Championships to cheer on her students.
Mrs. Thayer is survived by her husband Ed; her father Robert Erickson; her brother Robert Erickson and his wife Betty of Coatesville, PA; and her sister Joanne Fritz and her husband Ross of Westtown, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to Fair Hill International at 378 Fair Hill Drive, Elkton, MD 21921.
To honor Judy Thayer’s memory, the USPC Show Jumping Committee created the Judy Thayer Memorial Coaching Award in 2014 to be given annually during USPC Championships. Winners of the award will receive a lifetime membership to EquestrianCoach.com generously donated by the website’s founder, Bernie Traurig a graduate of Meadow Brook Hounds Pony Club.
The award will be given to the person who best demonstrates the attributes of Judy’s coaching style. These ideals are the true measure of Judy Thayer’s character as demonstrated by her coaching, teaching, riding, and care of her horses. The coach will:
- Show respect for the rider and especially for the horse or pony during and after competition.
- Always encourage riders to focus on the positive in order to learn from each riding experience.
- Recognize the simplest methods in coaching often create the best communication between riders and their horses or ponies.
The United States Pony Clubs Inc., gave the inaugural award at Show Jumping Championships held at the Kentucky Horse Park during USPC Festival. 2014 marks the first time in 30 years that Judy Thayer was not coaching riders from Eastern Pennsylvania and Delmarva Regions at Championships. This year’s winner is David “Skippy” Crawford of Elgin, IL who was coaching for the North Central Prairie Region. Skippy is an Australia Pony Club graduate who now rides and trains in Illinois.
Mary Elinor Butt Jenny
Mary Elinor Butt Jenny, VMD. age 89, died of natural causes Saturday, June 21, 2014 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with her daughter-in-law, Beth and one of her beloved dogs at her side.Margo Leithead
Elinor was born November 11, 1924, in Philadelphia to the late James C. Butt and the late Dorothy Good Butt. Elinor’s vitality and passion were infectious to all who knew her. Her life was full of adventure, exploration, animals, and people.
A lifelong participant of Quaker Meeting for worship, she raised her children at London Grove and Bradford Meetings, but insisted they choose whether to join rather than enrolling them as birthright members. Elinor attended Friends Select School and graduated from Shipley School. She spoke fondly of summers riding mules for the Frontier Nursing Service while providing health care in rural Appalachia. A gifted pianist, she continued her education at Bennington College where she studied music. Facing initial resistance from her parents, she enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1949. She was one of the first women to graduate as a veterinarian in the United States.
She met her husband, Jacques Jenny, at vet school. They married in 1949 and raised five children while working together in veterinary medicine for many years. Jacques died in 1971.
In her veterinary practice, Elinor specialized in sport horse lameness as it related to movement and conformation. Her stock of horse analogies was legendary; any of life’s challenges could be related to a quirk of horse behavior, equestrian technique, or horsemanship. She and Jacques were remarkable in their ability to rehabilitate seriously injured animals of all kinds. Though she was shy with people, Elinor had a gift for dealing with animals and could not tolerate their suffering. At various times her home sheltered a menagerie that included snakes, birds, foxes, raccoons, a tortoise and a monkey.
Elinor was active with USET and USEF. She also devoted much of her time to the United States Pony Clubs, who honored her as a National Legend in 2004. She also wrote a long-running column in the Chronicle of the Horse. She bred and owned several successful thoroughbred sport-horses, most notably Heyday, who won individual Gold and team Silver at the Pan American Games Team Silver at the Olympics and Team Bronze at the World Equestrian Games.
Feisty and outspoken, she was an energetic freethinker who pursued life to the fullest. A lover of the outdoors, she was an avid foxhunter and also enjoyed fly-fishing, hiking and camping. She also was a gifted needlepoint artist and writer.
She traveled extensively to Europe, Africa, South America, Alaska and much of the western United States, including a temporary stint at a veterinary practice in North Pole Alaska, and another gathering horses and working cattle in Colorado. She loved Vinalhaven, Maine, where she spent most summers from childhood on and became fondly known to local residents simply as “Doctor.” Wherever she went she established lifelong connections with the people she met.
She is survived by five children: Madeleine Babette Jenny (James Cornell); Jacques Peter Jenny (Barbara); James Clement Jenny (Sandy); Nicholas Fridolin Jenny (Beth); and Edward Brian Jenny (Kim). She has 11 grandchildren, 6 nieces and 1 nephew.
A Celebration of Life will be at 6 pm on Friday, October 3, 2014, at London Grove Meeting, 500 W. Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Refreshments to follow service. Burial will be private. Memorial donations to Peregrine Fund -or- Heifer Project would be appreciated.
Margo Payne Leithead, 81, of Parsippany, NJ, and formerly of Asbury, PA, passed away on June 22, 2014. She was born on January 15, 1933 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of the late Herbert Allyn and the late Winifred Roberson Payne. She was raised in New York City, attended Miss Hewitt’s School, and made wonderful memories with her beloved governess, the late “Miss Maguire”.
Margo attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where she earned her undergraduate degree. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Columbia University and her Masters of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. She enjoyed a very successful career as an instructor for the Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing, the Pennsylvania State University School of Nursing as well as the Jefferson University School of Nursing.
In addition to her nursing career, Margo was a very active volunteer for the United States Pony Clubs, a youth organization founded in Great Britain and devoted to young people under the age of 25 years and the care of their horses and ponies. She served as the President of Pony Club from 2004-2007. Pony Club has approximately 10,000 members in the United States. In addition, she was a very active parishioner at Christ Episcopal Church in Berwick. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In addition to many close and valued friends, especially Kay and John Carter of Stillwater, PA, Margo is survived by her husband Roger of Albany, NY, and their five children: Roger Jr., (Tad), his wife Sue, of Atlanta, GA, and their children: Barry and Michael; John, his wife Merry Kay, of Raleigh, NC, and their children: Matthew, Tyler, Braedan, Morgan and Brooke; Holly, of Lincoln Park, NJ, and her children Merrill, her husband Travis, Margo, Melinda and Morgan; Hannah, her husband Tim, of Lincoln Park, NJ, and their children Timmy, Brendan, Sean and Meghann; and Timothy, his wife Lauren, of Merion Station, PA, and their children Cailin and Duncan. She also has two great grandchildren, Anderson and Camille. In addition, she is survived by her beloved dog Sophie.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 28, at Christ Episcopal Church, 11:00 AM, 712 East 16th St., Berwick, PA, with an interment to follow at St. James Cemetery, Zaner’s Bridge Road, Stillwater, Pa. A party in celebration of her life will be hosted by her family at her old home, 413 Harrison Road, Orangeville, PA, at approximately 2:00 PM that day. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511, or Hospice of NJ, 400 Broadacres Drive, Bloomfield, NJ 07003. Arrangements are in care of McMichael Funeral Home, Inc.
For those of you who were not fortunate enough to know Margo, she epitomized everything Pony Club strives to be for a very, very long time. She was a supporter of every level of the organization and every single member for most of her life. She concurrently held both the USPC Presidency and was treasurer for her local club. In addition to being a true friend to literally thousands of members, parents and volunteers, she was part of the staff’s family as well, always supportive and kind to each of us who were lucky enough to know her and she will be very deeply missed.
Anne Louise Roller
Anne Louise Roller, 53, of Denver, NC, died tragically in an auto accident in Charlotte, NC on April 2, 2014. Born September 8, 1960 in Sharon, CT, she was the daughter of Jane (Kennedy) Tuttle and the late George W. Tuttle of Lakeville, CT. She graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville in 1978 and Ithaca College in 1982.
Anne had a distinguished 28-year career in sports television. She was a multi-Emmy Award winner for her graphics work on the 1990 Indianapolis 500 Mile race for ABC Sports and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for NBC Sports. For the last 10 years, she has been with ESPN in the Charlotte Regional Office as Manager of Motion Graphics and Creative Services overseeing graphic looks of ESPNU as well as all of the division’s syndicated sports productions. Most recently she was preparing for the launch of ESPN’s SEC Network.
Anne was an accomplished equestrian. In 2004 she was inducted into the United States Pony Club’s prestigious Academy of Achievement. She loved genealogy, and languages especially French and Italian and art. Outdoors she spent her time gardening, sailing and kayaking. She loved dogs but none more than her beloved Lucky.
Anne married Jim Roller on April 23, 1983 in Lakeville CT. She is survived by her husband, Jim, of Denver, NC and her mother, Jane Tuttle (originally from Lakeville, CT and currently living in Charlotte, NC), and four canines: Lucky, Sophie, Jack Foster and Harry. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either:
The Wounded Warrior Equestrian Therapy Program at ,PATH International, C/O Path International Equine Services for Heroes, 7475 Dakin St. Ste 600, Denver, CO 80221 Phone: 303-452-1212
Humane Society of Concord Memorial for Anne Roller, P.O. Box 5347, Concord, NC 28027Ashley Elizabeth DeAngelo
Miss Ashley Elizabeth DeAngelo, Esquire, age 27, of Wingate, North Carolina, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014, at McWhorter Hospice House of Union County after a courageous battle with melanoma. She was a graduate C-3 from Cardinal II Pony Club in the Carolina Region. She practiced criminal law at Tinari Law in Philadelphia, PA. Ashley was a graduate of the University of Miami and Temple University Law School.
Miss DeAngelo was born on August 19, 1986, in Ogden, Utah, a daughter of David Arthur DeAngelo and Judith McNally DeAngelo. Survivors include her father and step-mother, David DeAngelo and wife, Tammy, of Wingate; her mother, Judith McNally DeAngelo of Wingate; her paternal grandparents, Arthur and Kathryn DeAngelo of Wingate; two step-brothers, Casey Ward and Kyle Ward, both of Wingate; her godparents, Stephen and Susan Norcini of Philadelphia, PA; and two cousins, Stephanie Norcini and Amanda Norcini, of Philadelphia, PA.
The family will receive friends Friday, February 14, 2014, from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM prior to the Funeral Mass at 11 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Monroe, NC. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made in Ashley's memory to United States Pony Clubs, Inc., 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511; or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; P.O. Box 1000, Department 142; Memphis, TN 38148-0142.Davis Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the family of Miss DeAngelo. You may invited to sign the on-line guestbook.
Michael Lathrop Strang
Michael Lathrop Strang died at home on his ranch outside Carbondale, Colorado on January 12, 2014.
In 1967, inspired by George Beeman, legendary Master of the Arapahoe Hunt, Mike co-founded the Roaring Fork Hounds with the Honorable John Wendt. Mike served as joint-MFH until 2006. Shortly after starting the hunt, Mike and Kit organized and hosted the Roaring Fork Hounds Pony Club, which still thrives and meets regularly at the Strang Ranch.
Over the decades, the Strangs have hosted numerous Pony Club rallies, horse trials, Hunter Jumper shows, clinics and other equestrian activities on their ranch, and Mike was a regular presence, making sure participants, competitors, and spectators alike were comfortable, safe, and, most important, having fun. He was always proud to watch his "home-bred horses being ridden by home-bred daughters.” Mike was a big supporter of equestrian sports nationally. He was president of the board of the American Horse Trials Association,a non-profit corporation established to assist Three Day Event Riders and Organizers in raising tax-deductible financial support for national and international competitions. He also volunteered at the Atlanta Olympics, as well as regularly at the Radnor Three Day Event in Pennsylvania, and the Rolex Event at Lexington, Kentucky.
Strang is survived by his wife of 53 years, Kit, two daughters, Bridget and Laurie (Cunningham), and a son, Scott. His son Lathrop predeceased him.Lynn Beth Callahan
Lynn Callahan, 56, a long time USPC employee and family member, passed away suddenly on Friday, January 10, 2014. Lynn had been with Pony Club for over 10 years, running the Bookstore and performing other administrative duties.
She was a Riding Master graduate of the Meredith Manor School of Horsemanship and was actively involved in dog breeding and showing, most notably with Norfolk terriers. She is survived by her mother Judy Callahan, her brother Bob Callahan, his wife and son.
Lynn’s generous nature and warm smile will be missed by a broad range of people whose lives she touched.
Grace Jarman Dawson
On Wednesday November 27, 2013, Grace Jarman Dawson, age 93, died peacefully at home in Purcellville, VA. She was born on June 3, 1920 in Crozet, Va. to Mattie and George Jarman, one of seven children. Her life was marked by love for family and friends and by the remarkable value system, spirit, and ethic of accomplishment she passed on to all. She and her husband Laurence Dawson, who died in 1987, were married for 46 years and shared a deep commitment to marriage and family. She was always present and supportive in the lives of her kids and taught by example. She was the Cub Scout leader, little league organizer, 4-H Club leader, Pony Club leader, Herndon High School class mom, and US Eventing Association organizer. To her grandchildren she was friend, teacher, and role model during summer vacations on the farm. She collected friends throughout her life and deeply valued these remarkable shared relationships. Her motto of "no such word as can't" carries on in the lives of so many.
She is survived by her by her sister June L. Cleveland; children: Laurence A. Dawson, Jr (Sandee), George W. Dawson (Rosemary), Lewis D. Dawson, Patricia D. Foos (Rob) and Phyllis M. Dawson; by grandchildren Cami Boyd (Randy), Stacy Stearns (Jonnie), Gwendolyn Dawson (Ba Nguyen), Jacob Foos, Nicholas Dawson, Heather (Rick) Burman. Mitchell (Amy) Foos, Linden Foos, and David Dawson; and by great grandchildren Grace Burman, Phyllis Stearns, Mikaela Foos, Chipper Burman, Sarah Nguyen, Matthew Foos: by Jineen Reed (Mike) who was like a daughter to her) and by so many close friends.
She was predeceased by her siblings Anna May Keifer, Walter Massey Jarman, John Ballard Jarman, Margaret M Lewis, and Charles Russel Jarman.
She and her husband resided in Great Falls, Va. from 1951 until 1987. He was employed by the US State Department and together they were also instrumental in real estate development and life in the community. During the 1960's as a volunteer 4-H club leader she played a key role in the acquisition and early development of Frying Pan Park and served in key state wide 4-H Club leadership roles. During the 1970's she served as District Commissioner and Regional Supervisor in the US Pony Club, in the 1980's she helped organized and produce equestrian competitions sanctioned by the US Eventing Association - notably Difficult Run Pony Club Horse Trials and the Morven Park Horse Trails. Her legacy includes many of the cross-country jumps still in use. In 1987 after her husband's death, she and her daughter, Phyllis, moved to Hillsboro, VA where they developed Windchase, an equestrian center with an international reputation.
A public service celebrating her life will be held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 1 at the Great Falls United Methodist Church located at 10100 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls Virginia. Immediately following, all are invited to a reception and visitation in the church social hall. Adams Green Funeral Home of Herndon, Virginia is providing services and is receiving floral arrangements or alternatively donations may be made in Grace's name to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants (or telephone 508-783-8308).McKenna Johnson
McKenna Shea Johnson, age 18, of Milton, passed away on May 31, 2013 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. McKennawas a member of World Outreach Church and graduated from Siegel High School on May 19, 2013. She was an honor student and received the DAR Award. McKennahad a genuine passion for horses and was a highly decorated rider. She also enjoyed spending time with her dogs.
McKennawas preceded in death by her grandfathers, Arthur Johnson and Larry McGinn. She is survived by her parents, Ritch and Guen McGinn Campbell; and Scott and Lauren Johnson; twin sister, Alanna Johnson, with whom she had a unique and special relationship; step-brother, Blake Gillum; grandparents, Lucille Johnson, Regina McGinn, Butch and Janie Campbell, and Carol Solomon; uncles, Alan McGinn, Chris Campbell and Neal Scott; and aunts, Brenda Mullins, Jayne Baughman and Sandra Hamby.
Church service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2013 at World Outreach Church; 1921 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro, TN with Rev. Allen Jackson officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery with friends serving as active pallbearers. Visitation will be on Sunday, June 2, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home; 820 South Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422.
Please leave condolences at Jennings & Ayers. In lieu of flowers, friends of McKenna have established a fund in her name at Pinnacle Bank to honor her life and her favorite charities. Donations can be made at any Pinnacle Bank location, to the Lymphatic Research Foundation or Make A Wish Foundation.Virginia Randolph Heyward
Virginia Randolph Heyward died at her home in Richmond, Virginia, on October 16, 2013. She was predeceased by her parents, Allan McAlpin and Marianna Marshall Heyward. She is survived by her siblings Allan McAlpin Heyward, Jr., of Richmond, Virginia, and Wayne Marshall Heyward, of Sabattus, Maine, and Roberta Guerrard Perkins Acton, of Pamber Heath, UK., two nephews, Thomas and Daniel Heyward, five nieces, Georgia Youngquest, Isabelle Heyward, Sarah, Hannah and Katherine Perkins, one grandnephew and three grandnieces. Virginia graduated from Gunston School in Centreville, Maryland, and Hazelbury Manor in Wiltshire, England.
Her love of animals and the outdoors was reflected in all she did. She worked for the Virginia State Parks at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation until shortly before her death. She devoted over thirty years to volunteer work with the United States Pony Club as an instructor, judge, team chaperone and as Regional Supervisor of the Virginia Region. She was a graduate B of Deep Run Hunt Pony Club, a Life member, and she served as co-Chair of the USPC Horse Management Committee in the early 2000s. Her Pony Club activities took her all over the United States, across Canada and to England, Australia and Japan: The USPC honored her contributions by naming her a Pony Club National Instruction Legend in 2004. She was also involved with beagling all of her adult life, as Whip and Master of the Fox Hill Beagles, in Goochland, and as a longstanding member of the Farmington Beagles and the National Beagle Club.
Her remains will be interred at Birmingham Lafayette Cemetery, West Chester, Pennsylvania, at a date yet to be determined, but her spirit and sense of humor live on in the memories of all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in her name to the United States Pony Clubs, Inc., (contact Marian Wahlgren, Development Director, donate online, or send to USPC, Inc. 4041 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511) or to the charitable arm of the National Beagle Club, the Institute Foundation (contact Jay McKenna, President).
A great equestrian has ridden off into the sunset. Herwig Glander, PhD Agr., J.D., Honorary Consul (ret.) and Recipient of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away August 22, 2013.
He was a passionate horseman throughout his life and was dedicated to the advancement of English riding and horse mastership throughout the Intermountain Region. He resided in Layton, UT.
He was born in Oer-Erkenschwick, Germany on May 16, 1927, and is survived by his wife, Juliane Reichelt Glander, children Heiko (Birgit) Glander; Thilo (Debra) Glander; Silke (Kay) Barney, Frauke (Walter Nieber, sister, Sigrid Niewerth and their families. Service and fulfillment of his duty were the guideposts of his life. He was a scholar, soldier and gentleman.
Private Family Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Herwig Glander may be sent to United States Pony Clubs, Inc., 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Ky 40511. Condolences may be sent to www.myers-mortuary.com(Published in Salt Lake Tribune on August 25, 2013.Bidi (Mary Beth) LoveJoy (nee Moore)
Wife of Robert, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2013. Dear mother of daughters Kate, Michael (Ken Kane), Josie Jack (Gordon), and Heather. Grandmother to Paisley, Bobby, William, and Michaela. Memorial services to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Bidi’s name to the United States Pony Clubs, Inc., 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. She was a Life Member of Pony Club. Arrangements by Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home, Chagrin Falls, OH. (Published in The Plain Dealer from March 13 to March 14, 2013.)
Beverley Sanford McConnell
|Beverley S. McConnell with Silver Duck, Warrenton Gold Cup Races, 1950 |
Beverley Sanford McConnell was born in New York City on Oct 17, 1919 to John Williams Sanford and Anne (Page) Harison Sanford of Mt Kisco and New York, members of the New York Social Register. Beverley was raised in northern Westchester County, New York, in the early 1920's. She learned to ride in Bedford at the age of five. With the advent of the Great Depression, she began caring for the family's horses and has cared for her own to this day.
She attended the Grand Central School of Art in New York City for one year where she was awarded the medal for line drawing at the age of fourteen. The next three years were spent at the Art Students' League of New York. She was a child prodigy. Her first sculptures were of the quality of Remington and her paintings rivaled Munning. She created all of her works, including portraits, without the aid of a model or photograph.
She placed in the finals of the ASPCA Maclay nationwide equitation class at Madison Square Garden. A beautiful woman, she was featured in Vogue magazine in Charlottesville, VA where she met and married Arthur Herbert Bryant in 1939. They were divorced in 1945. She then taught riding in Warrenton, Virginia and her first daughter, Beverley Anne Bryant of Wellington, FL, qualified and competed in the Maclay finals at the age of eleven, the youngest ever to do so.
At a time when there were few women trainers, she selected, broke, showed and trained for racing a horse named Silver Duck, remembered in the Steeplechase Hall of Fame as the Cinderella Horse of 1950.
In 1953, she met and married Dr. Robert Earll McConnell, Jr. of Middleburg, VA. Together they had three children; Caryll Anne McConnell of Tendoy, Idaho, Robert Earll McConnell III of Middleburg, VA, and Jennifer McConnell Arndt of Boulder, CO. She raised ponies for their children at Tannery Farm and hosted the Apple Barrel Pony Show during the 60’s. Beverley McConnell was one of the original founders with Eve Fout of the Pony Club which became the national Pony Club. In addition she has four grandchildren: Sanford Stuart Bryant, Megan Caryll Arndt, Kyle Robert Arndt, and Gretchen Sanford Arndt.
Beverley S McConnell lived independently until she died at the age of 93 on June 9, 2013. She supported herself as a farm manager caring for horse and had planned to show her yearling thoroughbred in Upperville on the day of her death. A remembrance will be announced at a future date. A collection of her paintings, sculptures and equine poetry will be available soon.
Patricia "Patsy” du Pont
Patricia du Pont, founder of the Fair Hill Pony Club, died peacefully at her Elkton (Fairview), Maryland home on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. She was 94.
Miss du Pont was the youngest of four daughters of the late Archibald and Elizabeth Heyward du Pont. In addition, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Ann Valk, Carolyn Gibbons, and Marie (Levering) Scarlett.
An accomplished horsewoman, show rider, and avid foxhunter, Miss du Pont enjoyed foxhunting with the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club, and later established and hunted her own pack of foxhounds.
In 1954, she founded one of the first US Pony Clubs. Unique to the Fair Hill Pony Club was that Miss du Pont supplied the horses and her farm for lessons. Generations of Cecil County, Maryland, children who did not own a horse were given the opportunity to learn to ride and care for a horse.
Miss du Pont never married. She loved her dogs and her horses, taking in many dogs and horses whose owners could no longer care for them. Through a private foundation, Miss du Pont made provisions allowing these dogs and horses to live out their natural lives in retirement at her farm.
At the request of Miss du Pont, there will be no memorial service.
Those wishing to make a remembrance donation may contribute to their local animal welfare organization, or to the Fair Hill Nature Center, 630 Tawes Drive, Elkton, MD 21921
SUBMITTER NOTE: This was announced in the Wilmington News Journal on Friday, February 22, 2013. Fair Hill Pony Club was registered as one of the first Pony Clubs in 1954 and Miss Patsy was the DC in the Maryland Region until Fair Hill was discontinued in about 1993.
Rebecca Ann Layfield Baker
Rebecca Ann Layfield Baker, 81, passed away peacefully at her home on October 1, 2012. A longtime supporter of Pony Club from Midland Pony Club, Midland, Georgia, Ann was recognized as a Legend during the 2004 Festival Jubilee and was a life member of Pony Club.Anne was a member of the first Educational Resources Committee that worked in the early 60s and came up with the first US manual. Her Committee also developed the first flow charts.In the 80s, she was chair of the National Testing Committee and really organized the evaluation process and training (started Examiner Seminars and used lots of riders) of National Examiners that is basically the same today. Peggy Entrekin, former Executive Director and Vice President of Instruction, remembers Ann fondly. "Ann personally stood behind every examiner and also was the first to call you about a testing and help you work through how to improve and grow as an examiner, always with keeping in mind what was best for each Pony Club member.”
Barbara Scott Meyer
The memorial service for Barbara Meyer was a wonderful tribute to a very special lady. Many people stood up and told heartwarming stories about Barbara. There were no dry eyes in the church. At one point they asked all the Pony Clubbers to stand. We were certainly more than ½ the chapel. Pony Clubbers came dressed to hunt very fitly in her memory. She will be missed.
Barbara Scott Meyer, 92, of Dover Plains, NY died suddenly on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Sharon Hospital, Sharon, Connecticut. Mrs. Meyers was born on July 27, 1920 and raised in New Rochelle, NY. She was the daughter of the late Stuart and Anna Lawton Scott. She graduated from the Brearley School in 1938 and from Vassar College in 1942 where she majored in chemistry and math.
She was involved with the Millbrook Pony Club for 58 years, one of the charter clubs in the United States. From 1954 to 1966 she was a sponsor and parent and then served as either Joint District Commissioner or District Commissioner from 1966 until her death. At the national level, she served on the Board of Governors and the Advisory and Combined Training committees in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. She was honored as a "Regional Legend” at the 2004 United States Pony Club 50th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration in Philadelphia.
Hundreds of Pony Club members have been touched by her, attending weekly mounted sessions and winter dismounted sessions, as wells as camps, clinics, and rating events at her home, Finality Farm, for many years. Many graduate Pony Clubbers talk about their memories of those events which generally included swimming with their horses in the pond at the end of a hot day.