This page is where we will share news of the passing of contributors to our organization. We mourn the loss of these individuals whose contributions will continue on to benefit youth members for years to come.

If you like would to inform us of an obituary, please email us to submit the pertinent information and we will be glad to share it on this page.

November 1, 2022 Barbara Seifert Dunlop

 Barbara Dunlop, 89, died November 1, 2022 peacefully in Jacksonville, Florida. She is survived by her devoted husband, Arthur “Bob” Dunlop (married 1957 in Pittsburgh). Mrs. Dunlop was a native of Pennsylvania and attended Allegheny College and Penn State University. She taught art in middle school in Pennsylvania and later worked as a media center specialist for 19 years at Astoria Park Elementary school in Tallahassee. Her activities during 60 years in the Tallahassee community included working with young people in the Ochlocknee River Pony Club where she served terms as the District Commissioner and Regional Supervisor of the Sunshine Region, and water color painting. She was a long-term member of Faith Presbyterian Church, serving as elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. In recent years she served on several resident committees at Westminster Oaks and enjoyed playing bridge, spending time with friends and family, and participating in senior activities at church. Barbara’s 65 years of wonderful marriage with her loving husband Bob included surviving family of four beloved daughters: Dr. Karen Feder (Dr. Brett), Kimberly Arata (Alan, Lt Col., USAF Ret), Gretchen Hummer (Steve), and Kristin Bamman (John). She had eight beloved grandchildren: Bryce and Ryan Arata (Anna); Lauren, Lindsey, and Bailey Feder (Lt. Jaron Marzitelli USAF) and Brooke Feder Hall (Grant); and Magnus and Charlie Bamman. She is predeceased by her parents and brother, John, Ethel and Jack Seifert. In place of flowers please consider a donation to Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee.

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September 10, 2022 Brenda Lee Yike

    Brenda Yike, beloved daughter, sister, and friend passed away on 10 September 2022 after a one year fight with cancer.
Brenda was born in Clemson, SC, spent her teenage years in Bath, OH. She settled in Atlanta, Georgia.
Brenda’s early love of horses led her to the United States Pony Club where she found her true calling a s a youth educator.  She touched thousands of lives through 40 years of coaching and judging across the country. She thrived on her interaction with young people and carried that into her professional work where she trained and mentored the front end team at Kroger, many of which were youth in their first job.
Brenda lit up every room she entered and always found a kind word for the people she encountered. She found joy all    around her. Her sense of fun, mischievousness, and penchant for holiday costumes will stay in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Brenda’s name to her two most passionate causes, the United States  Pony Club and the World Wildlife Fund.

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June 12, 2022 Hope Hand

Hope Hand passed peacefully surrounded by family at age 73 on June 12, 2022, in Newton, Penn. Hand was a longtime supporter of the U.S. Pony Clubs (USPC) and worked with USPC to mainstream para dressage riders. In addition, she was the secretary of the Radnor Hunt Pony Club, from which her daughter was a D-3 H-M and D-3 EV member.

Most notably, Hand was the founder, president, and executive director of the United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA), where she spent much of her time working to advance para dressage and para equestrian sport.

An active para-dressage rider herself, she was the first alternate at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, and she represented the United States at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics as the team captain and finished in fifth overall. She earned gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 1997 British Invitational and a bronze medal at the 1999 World Dressage Championships in Denmark. The next year, she was one of four disabled riders to compete on teams with able-bodied riders at the USEF Festival of Champions. There, she earned the Bradshaw Challenge Cup with her team.

Hand made herself available to anyone and everyone in the para equestrian sport community. She served on numerous boards and committees throughout the horse industry, including the FEI Para Dressage Technical Committee, the USEF Board of Directors, USEF Para Dressage Sports Committee as chair and vice chair, and the PATH International Advisory Board.

She is survived by her husband, Stanley Hand; daughter Amy Cappozzoli and son-in-law Eric, and their children, Parker and Lincoln; a brother, Charlie Kean; sister-in-law Pamela Kean; and her West Highland Terrier, Finley.

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June 12, 2022 Kernan R. Hodges

Kernan R. Hodges, 84, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away peacefully on June 12, 2022. Kernan was from Franklin, Tenn., where her passion for equestrian sport was evident from a young age. She was a founding member of the Middle Tennessee Pony Club, and she earned her A certification. She studied equitation at Southern Seminary in Buena Vista, Va., before retuning to Nashville to complete her education at George Peabody College for teachers (now Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College). Following, she moved to Jacksonville to manage Deerwood Riding and Hunt Club.


In 1966, she and her husband, George H. Hodges, founded Deep Forest Stables, Inc. in the heart of the Hodge family’s 5,000-acre property on the south side of Jacksonville. There, she directed the raising, training, and boarding of hunter/jumpers. With her strong background in hunter/jumpers, in 1968, she helped establish the North Florida Hunter Jumper Association and served on the board of directors for nearly 50 years. She was also an “A”-rated judge and a member of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.


The philanthropic support of the Hodges family knew no bounds, and they were generous supporters of many benevolent and educational organizations, including but not limited to, the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville University, the University of North Florida, the Bolles School, Children’s Home Society and Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church.


In addition to her husband George, she was preceded in death by her parents, Clair D. and Elizabeth Faw Regen, and sister Betty Claire (Regen) Cathey, all of Franklin, Tenn.  She is survived by a nephew, John Regen (Leia) Cathey of Jacksonville, and niece Carrie Elizabeth Melson of Franklin, Tenn., in addition to a great niece and nephew and numerous cousins.

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May 23, 2022 Beverly Chester

Beverly Jean Coons was born April 4, 1934 on 87th and Metcalf, Overland Park, Kansas. After Beverly and her mother moved away she would ride the train to Kansas City to spend the summers with the Mackey’s and so began her lifelong love of horses.

She met and married Ted Chester in Carlsbad, New Mexico in 1955, they moved to Lenexa, Kansas in 1959 and thus began her showing and teaching career at Somerset Stables. Beverly was active in the Mission Valley Hunt serving as a whip for 17 years. In 1961 Somerset Stables moved to 119th and Blackbob Road, Olathe, Kansas with Mission Valley Pony Club soon to follow and Beverly and Patsy Hahn became the instructors.

In 1966 Beverly began serving as DC, a firm leader yet always sensitive to the needs of the young rider, she made preparation and safety of rider and horse her priority. She retired from the position as DC in 1984 after 19 years. Beverly remained with the United States Pony Club as a National Examiner culminating in the Founders Award in 2000.

Beverly had a long association with the American Royal Hunter/Jumper Show first as the assistant show manager and later the stable manager/coordinator. In 2010 the American Royal honored her as Horse Show Person of the Year. Influencing lives in and out of the ring, Bev was the ultimate Coach, Friend, Cheerleader and Confidant.

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January 6, 2022 William “Bill” Dwight Weiss

William “Bill” Dwight Weiss died in Jackson Hole at the age of 78 on Jan. 6, surrounded by his immediate family and grandchildren. His family provided the following remembrance.

Bill’s father was assigned to the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, and Bill was born in San Diego at the U.S. Army hospital on June 5, 1943, to William Erhardt Weiss Jr. and Martha Dwight Douglas. Bill grew up in Cove Neck, New York, and he spent much of his formative years at his mother’s family home during the summer on Lake Geneva, Switzerland. He always joked that his writing was so poor because his French was better than his English. His mother died when Bill was 15 years old, and his father married Mary Estelle Kitterman, who brought two step-siblings, Arturo Peralta-Ramos and Lorian Peralta-Ramos Buckley, into his life.

Bill attended Indian Mountain School followed by Avon Old Farms and went on to have a brief stint at Colorado College from 1962 to 1966, where he started the lacrosse team before departing for Parsons College. He earned a B.A. in business administration from Parsons College and graduated in 1968. A year later Bill met and married his wife Robin Biddle Martin. They began their life in Oyster Bay and Cove Neck, New York. Bill dove into the family company, Lambda Drug. He and Robin moved to Beirut, Lebanon, from 1970 to 1972, representing the family business in the Middle East. Upon returning to Oyster Bay they started a family.

1976 was a pivotal year for Bill and Robin. They wanted to leave Long Island and move West. They decided on Cody, largely because of Bill and his father’s connection to and interest in Western art and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Bill and his father had a deep love and appreciation of American and Native American art, which influenced their support of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Bill and Robin started the Patron’s Ball, which is still the main fundraiser for the museum to this day. Bill and his father ran Medtech Laboratories, where Bill became CEO upon his father’s death in 1987. During his time in Cody, Bill was also the head of the chamber of commerce and was appointed to the Wyoming Council of the Arts board by the governor of Wyoming.

In 1988 Bill moved his family to Jackson Hole, where he continued to run Medtech Laboratories. He was also the president of Winvesco Inc., a family investment company, from 1985 until his death. Jackson became home for Bill and his family, and he truly dug into the community and became a huge supporter of many nonprofit organizations. Bill stayed involved with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West while living in Jackson and supported the museum until his death. He was on the board of Avon Old Farms from 1985 to 1989 and on the board of Miss Porter’s School from 1994 to 1998. He was a vestry member and chairman of two capital campaigns for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson. He was a board member and a treasurer for the United States Pony Club from 2000 until his death. He was also a board member and vice president at the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole from 2005 to 2012. Bill was a supporter and chaired the Grand Teton Music Festival, where he started the Wine Auction that became the festival’s primary fundraiser for several years. Jackson was where Bill called home, and he truly relished supporting the community and helping to make Jackson the amazing place it is today. To call Bill a pillar of the community is an absolute truth.

Bill and Robin spent most of their time in Jackson, but also enjoyed escaping the winter and spending several months out of the year at their home in Gulfstream, Florida. Bill also had a family home in Indian River, Michigan, where he was a member of the Columbus Beach Club and where his family spent many summers at their house, which overlooks Burt Lake. He was a member of the Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania; Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, New York; The Brook Club in New York City; Bath and Tennis in Palm Beach, Florida; Creek Club in Locust Valley, New York; Seawanaka in Oyster Bay; Gulstream Golf and Tennis in Gulfsream; and 3 Creek Golf Club in Jackson.

Bill had an amazing zest for life as well as a larger-than-life personality. He would light up a room and command presence and was always giving advice, but he was never hurt if one didn’t take it. Bill was an accomplished athlete as a young adult and stayed active in golf, tennis, fishing and hunting for most of his life. He loved good food, drink, fun and friends. Bill loved all the finer things in life and was lucky enough to be able to experience it all. Perhaps his true legacy will be the impact that he was able to make and how many people’s lives he touched. He was always ready to help and make a difference, and his generosity knew no bounds. His influence reached far and wide and there will be many stories shared for years to come.

Bill is survived by his wife, Robin Martin Weiss; his children, William U. Weiss (Jean) and Katrina Weiss Ryan (Brandon); and his grandchildren, Hagen Caldwell Weiss, Alexandra Earhardt Weiss, William U. Weiss Jr., Madeline Douglas Ryan, Charles Martin Ryan and Olivia Demme Ryan.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody Wyoming or the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. The family will hold a memorial ceremony during summer of 2022.

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December 12, 2021 Florence "Bama" Rogers

Bama McNeill Rogers, 81, of DeLand, Florida passed away peacefully on Sunday December 12th with family by her side.

Bama was born on March 3, 1940 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. She was a graduate of the Montclair Kimberley Academy (Montclair, New Jersey) and the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia) before returning to live in Florida. She was the daughter of prominent banker Robert McNeill Jr and Florence Stevens.

Bama’s passion was animals, especially horses. In 1987, she purchased property in DeLand (Glenwood), Florida and established Hanover Farm. She became the primary benefactor of the Bay Leaf Pony Club and enjoyed teaching riding lessons. Many local children got their start riding under the watchful eye of “Miss Bama”.

Bama had two daughters -- Gigha Steinman Moldrik and Heather McNeill Steinman. Both are successful equestrians and she was very proud of both of them.

Bama was predeceased by her parents and former husbands Arthur William Steinman and Ronald Rogers. She is survived by daughter Gigha Steinman Moldrik and her husband Michael Brian Moldrik, and daughter Heather McNeill Steinman and her husband Timothy Lee Allen and their three sons Chase McNeill, Jakob Allen and Peyton Allen.

A celebration of life will be held at Hanover Farm at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the United States Pony Club or any local animal charity.

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November 17, 2021 Mildred Stevens Kopperl

Mildred Stevens Kopperl, 91, of North Sandwich, NH passed peacefully November 17, 2021. She was born in Harriman TN, January 2, 1930, the eldest daughter of Claude H. and Belle Stevens (Davis).

Millie graduated from the University of Tennessee with an undergraduate degree in Home Economics, then went onto Radcliffe College.
After graduations and marriage, Millie and her husband, George, moved to Concord and then Canterbury, NH to start their family and enjoy the rural life a farm had to offer. Later, in retirement, they settled at October Farm in North Sandwich, NH.


Millie volunteered at the New Hampshire Historical Society when she first moved to Concord and continued to be active and interested in all things historical throughout her life. She enjoyed helping the Sandwich Historical Society as well as volunteering as a docent at Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough.
She passed on her curiosity and love of horses to her children and granddaughters. Millie was involved with the United States Pony Clubs as one of the founders and District Commissioner (DC) of Echo Hollow Pony Club in Canterbury, NH from 1972-1975. She was Regional Supervisor (RS) for the Western New England Region from 1976 to 1987, Vice RS 1975 and 1998, and RS for the White Mountain Region in 1991. She served two terms on the Board of Governors, in 1977-1979 and 1984-1986. She served on the Nominating Committee in 1980 and the Advisory Committee 1988-1990. She also served on the Combined Training Committee. Millie received the Founders Award in 1998, was inducted into the Hall of Legends in 2004, and was a Festival Legend in 2011.
Millie loved her gardens. She loved cultivating an English-style garden in each of her homes over the years. She would often ‘liberate’ many native plants so they could grace her garden with their presence.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, George and her son Meredith. She is survived by her sister, Nancy Oran of Harriman TN, her daughter, Jane Kopperl of Arvada CO, and her granddaughters, Elizabeth Paliga of North Sandwich NH and Natalie Paliga of Honolulu, HI.
In Millie-fashion, a garden party to celebrate her is tentatively planned for late Spring 2022. If you wish to honor Millie’s memory in a way, please consider a donation to the Sandwich Historical Society, Kirkwood Gardens (Squam Lake Natural Science Center), or the United States Pony Clubs.

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November 6, 2021 Frank J. Bohdal Jr.

Francis "Frank" Joseph Bohdal, Jr. of Chester, Maryland died Saturday, November 6, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was 79. Born in Baltimore, MD on September 19, 1942, he was the son of the late Frank Joseph, Sr., and Marguerite E. Hagins Bohdal. Frank grew up in Brooklyn Park, MD, attended St. Rose of Lima School, graduated St. Mary's High School in Annapolis, received his DP Programmer Degree at a trade school in Baltimore, joined The U.S. Air Force in 1962 with an Honorable Discharge in December 1967. Licensed Amateur Radio Operator. He was a proud and experienced pilot, loved giving children their First Flight experiences in his Sundowner and presenting them with their First Flight Certificates. Annual Fly ins at Tangiers Island delivering Holly, trees, and Santa with presents for all the children. Life member of AOPA, EAA, The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. and recognized as a USPC Legend, member of The American Legion and Stevensville Treasure Club. Loved animals, especially: Dogs, Cats and Horses, camping, scuba diving, boating, surf fishing, four-wheeling at the ocean, and music enthusiast. Among his proud accomplishments is his Knights of Columbus Passed Faithful Navigator and Passed grand Knight. Frank is survived by Lois J. Bohdal his loving wife of 58 years of Chester, MD; son, Frank J. Bohdal, lll of Pasadena, MD; daughter, Annette M. Ruths and husband Donald G., Jr. of Federalsburg, MD; five grandchildren, Lauren and Preston, Shellby, Stephenie and John, Sabrina and Bailey, and Donald Joseph "Boo"; two great grandchildren, Colbyn and Cambree.

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October 18, 2021 Maj. Lester "George" Simmons, US Army, Ret.

Maj. Lester “George” Simmons, US Army, Ret., age 82 of Sanford passed away at Westfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sanford on Monday, October 18, 2021.

He was born on February 18, 1939 in Mashulaville, Mississippi to the late Cloyace Simmons and Eula Click Simmons. George was a veteran of his country and retired as a Major from the United States Army as a helicopter pilot with 20 years of service to his country. He was a two-time Vietnam Veteran. During his military career, he was the recipient of 2 Good Conduct Medals, Army Occupational Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal. Army Aviator Badge, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, a Bronze Star and The Meritous Service Medal. After his retirement he became a charter member and first Chief of the Benhaven Emergency Services where he served for 10 years. George was a District Commissioner for the United States Pony Club for many years. He loved being a part of his community and volunteered for many organizations, mission trips and equestrian clubs over the years. George served 5 years as President of the Ruritan Club. He was a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church for many years and later became Chairman of the Deacon Board at Hillmon-Grove Baptist Church in Cameron. He and his family enjoyed traveling together even beyond his military career. George truly lived up to the oath of “Service above Self” and lived out this oath beyond his military career. He was a true hero to his family and he enjoyed life to the fullest. “Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Brigitte Huber Simmons of Sanford, NC; his son, Claude Eric Simmons of Ocracoke, NC; his siblings: Donald Simmons and wife Gretchen of Starkville, MS; Cecil Simmons and wife Susie of Mathiston, MS; Mary Stokes and husband Butch of Starkville, MS; and Vivian Hussey and husband Mack of Auburn, AL. He is also survived by his grandson, Shawn Collins and wife Jessica of Shelby, NC and a granddaughter, Morgan Simmons of Apex, NC and his great-grandchildren: Jasper, Lorelai Thomas and Teddie Collins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Vera Kristina Bryant; a brother, James Simmons and his sister Shirley Reed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hillmon-Grove Baptist Church, 384 Hillmon Grove Rd., Cameron, NC 28326 or to Enrichment Center Inc., Veterans Fund, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford, NC 27330.

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September 22, 2021 Judy C. Swanson

Judy C. Swanson, nee Cross. Sept. 22, 2021. Age 73. Devoted wife of the late Neil Swanson and the late Vladas Neimantas. Loving mother of Walter(Kornelija) Neimantas, Renee(Lewis) De La Cruz, and stepmother of Arissa Walsh. Cherished grandmother of Plumm De La Cruz, Aleksandra and Viktorija Neimantas, and Madelyn Walsh. Judy was also survived by many cousins and dear friends.

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September 3, 2021 Devyn M. Anderson

Ontario – On September 3, 2021, Devyn passed away at age 31.  She is survived by her parents, Lance and Karen Merritt; sister, Brittany Merritt; husband, Taylor Anderson; other extended family members.

Devyn was a well-known young woman in the Genesee Valley due to her interest in Eventing.  Her participation in horse sports started at the ripe age of 7 years when she became a member of the Mendon Pony Club and later a founding member of the Lake Effect Pony Club.  She advanced  to become an H-A which is the highest certification in Horse Management.  She was certified as a B in what is a Traditional Rating.  In 2018, she was the Beginner Novice Rider Champion in Area 1 and was Nationally ranked at that level. In 2017, she competed in the final Walnut Hill Carriage Show with a mini horse loaned to her by a dear friend.

Devyn achieved her blue belt in Jui Jitsu at Gracie Jui Jitsu in Victor.  She was known for her ferociousness and killer Triangle choke on the mat!

Devyn played paint ball and air soft for several years.

She was an avid hunter spending many hours in tree stands with her Dad, bagging a buck her first year!

She loved to sing and was in chorus throughout high school.  She also was a varsity cheerleader her freshman and sophomore years.

Devyn graduated from North Carolina Wilmington University with a degree in English Lit.  She worked at Countrymax where she met her husband, TaylorAfter Countrymax, she worked for Paychex before having to be medically retired due to her diagnosis.

In 2013, Devyn was diagnosed with ocular melanoma.  She always encouraged others to get dilated eye exams as her eye tumor was advanced before it was detected.   

Throughout the course of her disease, she continued to live life.  She was an inspiration to others as evidenced by the hundreds of comments received on social media after her passing.

Her family wishes to thank the Ocular Melanoma team at Thomas Jefferson Hospital, in particular Dr. Takami Sato, the Palliative care and Oncology teams at University of Rochester’s Wilmot Cancer Center and everyone who would send her words of encouragement, love and support when she needed it.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Devyn Anderson may be made in support of Dr. Sato's Uveal Melanoma Research at Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Please donate online to: Jefferson.edu/SupportUvealMelanoma and be sure to select the “in memory of” designation.

Checks can be made payable to “Jefferson”.   In the memo of the check please reference “Uveal Melanoma Research” and also note if the donation is in memory of an individual and mail to:

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August 18, 2021 Majory "Bodgie" Fair Read

Marjory Fair Read, known to absolutely everyone as “Bodgie”, passed away peacefully on August 18, 2021 in Hockessin, Delaware. Bodgie was born in Washington D.C., and grew up in Middleburgh, VA, Merion, PA and Aiken, SC, the daughter of Josefa Hofmann Fair and Col. Howard Cleugh Fair and granddaughter of the world-famous pianist Josef Casmir Hofmann. Bodgie grew up with her sister, Loulie, riding horses in Aiken and she never stopped this life-long equine passion. After finishing at The Aiken Day School and St. Timothy’s School, she attended Bryn Mawr College and graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and worked as a Toxicologist at DuPont’s Haskell Laboratory. She married her Haverford College beau Robert Read in 1955 and together they raised their two children, Katherine and Howard, in their historic stone farmhouse in Newark, Delaware.

Bodgie shared her time, knowledge and life-long passion for horses with everyone around her and did so selflessly and tirelessly. As a riding teacher and Director of Riding at Sanford School for more than 10 years in the 1970’s and 1980’s, she introduced legions of young riders to the sport. After helping start the Sunny Hills Pony Club, she went on to volunteer for 41 years with the DelMarVa Region until she “retired” in 2020 with the distinct honor of having been the longest continuously serving Regional Supervisor in the history of the U.S Pony Club.

Bodgie’s contributions to the equine sport and its people did not end with Sanford or Pony Club. For more than 20 years she volunteered with the Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program, helping people find their strengths through horsemanship. And in the 1980’s, she was invited to set up dressage for the nascent Fair Hill Equestrian Events and she continued to volunteer with the Fair Hill International (FHI) organization for more than 30 years where she first served as Dressage Scheduler and Organizer for the three-day eventing sport. Not held back by her arthritic artificial knees, summer thunderstorms, windswept hills, or continuously muddy cars, she went on to work in the vet box, as course flagger, as precision sign maker, and for many years the Volunteer Coordinator for all of the Fair Hill International events. Her love of the sport and of the people was clear in the thousands of volunteers and competitors and their families –from toddlers to Olympians — with whom she developed a lasting kinship. Just recently, she said “All of those relationships made working those long hours at Fair Hill, in all kinds of weather, absolutely worthwhile.”

Bodgie was predeceased by her loving husband of 45 years, Dr. Robert E. Read and her sister Louise “Loulie” Fair Fox, of Santa Fe, NM. Bodgie is survived by her brother M. Skip Hofmann (Elaine) of Elkton, Maryland, her children Katherine Stafford (Frank) of Newark, Delaware, Dr. Howard Read (Julie) of Morgan Hill, California, 3 grandchildren Erika Smith Strasser (Rick), Robert Stafford and Claudia Read, and one great-grandchild Vera Strasser.

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Additional Pony Club information from Howard Read:

For reference.

Here are the  members of our family who were in pony club and our highest rating. My sister achieved  HA.

Howard Read. Grandson of Col Fair.
sunny hills pony club  Delmarva D1

Katherine Read granddaughter of Col Fair now Katherine Stafford.
Lanchester pony club then Sunny Hills pony club. DelMarVa. HA

Erika Smith great granddaughter of Col Fair now Erika Strasser 
Delaware pony club. DelMarVa D3

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July 31, 2021 Leona Dushin

  Leona Dushin, 95, a longtime Garrison resident, died on July 31.

She was born as Leona Margaret Christina Hauff on April 24, 1926, in Whitestone, Long Island, the daughter of Leonard and Frances (Chinery) Hauff.

Leona developed an affinity for horses as a girl while loitering at her grandfather’s barns that housed his horse-drawn shipping yard, her family said. Much to her parents’ dismay, she took a year off college to join the Ringling Brothers Circus, where she performed trapeze acts and rode elephants and horses.

Following her graduation from Queens College with a fine arts degree, Leona began a career in interior decorating at B. Altman and Company in midtown Manhattan. Through a friend, she was introduced to Frank Dushin and, after dating for some time, reluctantly followed him to Northumberland, England, where he was an adjunct professor teaching architecture.  They subsequently married there, her family said.

After traveling throughout Europe in a camper van, they returned to the U.S. and moved to Garrison following the birth of their first child. The property they purchased came with a horse, which propelled what would become her mainstay in the community as a riding instructor. In 1957 Leona started breeding horses and the next year established the Garrison Horse and Pony Club. In the late 1990s, Leona was honored as a U.S. Pony Club Legend.

Frank applied his craft to design their home — with Leona’s input — that is still perched atop the hilltop at Manitou Farm. After having four more children, she and Frank separated in 1971 and divorced in 1985. Frank died in 2007.

Leona’s life was filled with caring for horses, teaching riding, and embarking on fearless adventures with friends and family, locally and worldwide, her family said. Her favorite pastime was plotting new and engaging exercises for her students to gain mastery with horses. Her heart would sing when kids ran up to her, announcing how good their pony was after a lesson, they said. She would retort with a great big smile, “It was you who was good… they listened to you!”

In 1980, she established the Leonard Russell Hauff Foundation for Therapeutic Riding, named for her father. The organization is dedicated to teaching horseback riding to children and adults with emotional and physical disabilities.

That same year, Leona realized her dream of becoming a teacher, initially doing substitute work in Garrison, Beacon and Westchester County. She held a master’s degree in science and another in special education.

Leona also loved singing and playing classic tunes on her ukulele (often making up her own verses to add to an already amazing recollection of lyrics), painting, reading, visiting museums, learning history, traveling to remote places and watching Jeopardy.

She is survived by her children, Christine, Karl, Russell, Frederick and Margaret; her grandchildren, Cole, Sam, Eleanor, Alexander, Luca and Clara; and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Dushin and Theresa Hauff.

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March 8, 2021 Susan E. Harris

Centered Riding® Inc. is deeply saddened to share news of the death of Susan E. Harris, a well-known Centered Riding instructor. After a brief illness, Susan passed away on March 8, 2021, in hospice care in Ithaca, New York.

“The passing of Susan Harris is a great loss to the Centered Riding community and beyond – a loss that is made all the more painful simply because Susan was such a kind and amazing person in so many ways,” said Peggy Brown, President of the Centered Riding Board of Trustees, and a Level IV Clinician. “In 1989, when Sally Swift chose Susan as an apprentice, she certainly chose well. Susan’s dedication to Centered Riding, and to the well-being of horses and riders everywhere, was boundless. A friend and mentor to many, Susan will be deeply missed.”

Susan earned widespread, deep respect as a Centered Riding teacher, mentor, volunteer, and humanitarian. She was a renowned international instructor, clinician, author and artist/illustrator. Susan played a major role in helping to develop what is now a global community of close to 1,000 Centered Riding instructors – many of whom she taught and mentored personally.

Susan was selflessly dedicated to Centered Riding. As a volunteer with the organization, she served in many roles over the years. Susan also gave presentations at many Centered Riding symposia and other gatherings in North America and internationally. At the time of her passing, Susan was a Senior Centered Riding Level IV Clinician, Secretary of the Centered Riding Board of Trustees, Editor of Centered Riding News, and member of the Level IV Advisory Committee.

In 2004, the American Riding Instructor Association honored Susan as a Master Instructor. In 2020, Susan was awarded a lifetime membership in Centered Riding, in recognition of her tremendous contributions to the organization. Also in 2020, Susan sponsored the first-ever Centered Riding Instructor Diversity Scholarship, for riding instructors who are Black, Indigenous and/or Persons of Color to train and certify as Centered Riding Instructors.

In 1989, Susan apprenticed with Centered Riding founder Sally Swift (1913-2009). Susan was one of Sally’s dozen or so apprentices who worked with her between 1986 and 1992. On her website, Susan described her apprenticeship as “…a wonderful learning experience and quite an adventure – I traveled to 16 clinics in four months, got to ride everything from a [highly trained] dressage horse to a mule, and missed the San Francisco earthquake by one day!”

Since those early days of Centered Riding, Susan forged ahead as a tireless, compassionate and gifted Centered Riding teacher, mentor and promoter. She maintained a rigorous schedule that involved riding- and horse-focused activities in her home state of New York, and across North America and the world.    

Starting in 2009, the trailblazing team of Susan and Peggy Brown introduced Centered Riding to Japan, where there are now 10 Level I and Level II Centered Riding instructors actively teaching. Susan and Peggy also taught at the Icelandic National Horse School in Iceland. Susan illustrated four manuals, written by Helga Thoroddsen, for the Icelandic Agricultural College, to advance Centered Riding in Iceland. And Susan and Peggy made many other far-flung travels to teach and promote Centered Riding, including a memorable trip to the shadows of the pyramids in Giza, Egypt, and many travels to Australia.

A prolific and skilled author and artist, Susan wrote and illustrated several equestrian books, including the ever-popular “Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement” and “Grooming to Win,”now classics of their genre. Susan also wrote and illustrated several United States Pony Club Manuals of Horsemanship and guides to various horse-keeping skills.

Susan illustrated Sally Swift’s second book, “Centered Riding 2: Further Exploration” (Trafalgar Square Press, 2002) and she wrote the book’s chapter on Centered Jumping. Other books and projects to which Susan contributed her expertise and talents include:

· “Horse Brain, Human Brain” by Janet Jones, Ph.D.;
· “Balancing Act” by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann;
· “The Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle Fit Book” and “The Western Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle Fit Book” by Dr. Joyce Harman;
· “The Dynamic Horse” by Dr. Hilary M. Clayton;
· “101 Jumping Exercises for Horse & Rider” by Linda Allen;
· “Getting in TTouch” by Linda Tellington-Jones;
· “Cross-Training and More Cross-Training” by Jane Savoie;
· “Equine Science” by Jeanne T. Griffiths; and art work and poster for the Breyer “Anatomy in Motion” model horse.

Susan also worked on several DVD projects, including “Anatomy in Motion: The Visible HorseTM” and “Anatomy in Motion: The Visible RiderTM” – a collaboration with Peggy Brown, “Anatomy in Motion” co-founder.

Susan was famous for her “Visible Horse” demonstrations and lectures, in which she created the “Anatomy Painted Horse.” As she painted the muscles and skeleton on a live horse, she would explain equine anatomy and function. Since 1996, and often working with Peggy Brown, who rode as “The Visible Rider” on “The Visible Horse,” Susan painted on countless light-colored or white horses and ponies at many major equine expos and clinics in North America, Europe, Australia, Iceland and Japan.

Susan is survived by her mother, Nancy Harris; her sister Robin; her brothers Chuck, Jon, Steve, and Ted; and several nieces and nephews. Susan’s Centered Riding friends and colleagues mourn her passing, sharing in this sentiment: “Rest well and in peace, dear and steadfast friend.”

Susan requested that in-memoriam donations go to Centered Riding, at www.centeredriding.org

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February 22, 2021 Captain Frank Gordon Horn

Captain Frank Gordon Horn (USN, Ret.), 83 of Hume, VA passed away peacefully at his residence on February 22, 2021. He was born on June 9, 1937 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania to Frank R. Horn and Mary Margaret Hollowood.

Frank leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Jacqueline Horn; children, Jacqueline René Brown (David), Rhonda Lee Dobson (Ernest “Chip”), Mark Gordon Horn, Tanya Louise Matthews (Carl), and Rachel Cathleen Atlee (Michael Cotrufello),grandchildren, Steven Brown (Roni), Robert Brown, Carin Brown (John David Coker), Jacqueline Dobson, Caitlin Dobson, Eric Dobson, Alexis Horn, Riley Horn, Melanie Horn, Brinn Matthews, Ellie Matthews; Sean Cotrufello and Emily Cotrufello, and great-grandchildren, Evelyn Rose Brown and Thomas W. Brown.

Following graduation from Charleroi High School (1955), he attended West Virginia Wesleyan College receiving a Bachelor of Science in History (1960). On August 12, 1960, Frank graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned a US Navy ENSIGN. His magnificent career spanned 32 years (1960-1991).

Captain Horn commanded four afloat units: USS Calcaterra (DER-390), USS Richard E Byrd (DDG-23), Patrol Hydrofoil Missile Squadron Two (COMPHMROM 2, USS Yosemite (AD-19), and was assigned, as Department Head, Division Officer, Action Officer, or student, to other units including: USS Hunting (EAG-398), NATTC Glynco, GA, USS McNair (DD-697), USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG-23), Chief of Naval Operations – Ship Acquisitions, Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla Twelve (COMCRUDESFLOT 12), USS William H. Standley (DLG-32), Naval War College (2 tours), Naval Personnel Command (NMPC), and Senior Officer Material Management. His tours ventured onto all the “Seven Seas” and spanned our nations conflicts including the: Vietnam War, Bay of Pigs, Cold War, Multinational Intervention in Lebanon, Arabian Gulf Tanker War, Invasions of Panama and Grenada, the Gulf War, and Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission. On September 27, 1991, Frank retired from the US Navy, he remained active however as the Treasurer for the International Hydrofoil Society until recently.
Horn was very involved in the horse community of Virginia and the United States Pony Club. He managed Dominion Saddlery in Chantilly and Middleburg. He then managed The Old Habit in Marshall. He was an avid supporter of the United States Pony Club Games as a chairperson and ringside locally and nationally.
Frank was a man of his local, national and international communities. He was a Deacon at Hume Baptist Church. He worked with Exchange Students and was a wonderful host father. He supported public and private schools in the county. He spent time recruiting for the military and supporting anti-drug programs for youth in the country.

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November 25, 2020 Winston "Bud" Oren French

Winston Oren “Bud” French passed away peacefully at his home in Nelson, NH on November 25, 2020, surrounded by his family, after enduring a battle with Leukemia. He was born on March 11, 1958 in Keene, NH to Winston and Dorothy (Farwell) French. Bud was born on Town Meeting day - perhaps the only Nelson Town Meeting he ever missed.

A Devoted Father of 4, he was a “Stay-at-home Dad” before it was cool to be a stay-at-home dad. Bud was a fourth generation farmer raised on his family farm in Nelson, NH. He was known to drop whatever he was doing to help a friend, stranger, or animal in need.

Bud graduated from Keene High School in 1976. He enrolled in Los Alamos Dressage and Combined Training Center in Baptistown, NJ to study Equitation, Dressage, and Combined Training/Jumping. This experience fueled his life-long passion for riding and training horses. Bud achieved his United States Pony Club “B” level rating and went on to teach riding and horsemanship for various organizations. He became the District Commissioner for Monadnock Pony Club, a position he held for many years, inspiring generations of young riders.

Bud graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Animal Science before joining the Veterinarian practice of Tenney, Fritz, and Combs where he assisted Dr. Combs with equine farm calls and many barnyard adventures.

With a deep love of his town and community, Bud was eager to help Nelson wherever he was needed. He held various town offices, including Road Agent, Conservation Commission, Cemetery Board, Gravedigger, and Selectman.

Bud was a member of the Nelson Fire Department for over 30 years, becoming acting chief in 2013 and chief in 2014. He sponsored a regional “Firefighter I” certification class conducted by the NH Fire Academy which graduated 22 local firefighters for Nelson and neighboring towns. Andy Anderson, deputy chief with the N.H. Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical services, remarked “Chief French is an inspiration and a dedicated leader. You people are lucky in Nelson to have him as chief.” One of Bud’s proudest accomplishments was working with Jack Bradshaw to donate a rescue truck to the Nelson Rescue Department.

Bud enjoyed sharing his love of farming. He brought farm critters to local schools and the infusion suite at Cheshire Medical Center. He hosted an annual “Farm Day” for students from Symonds and Nelson Elementary Schools to visit his farm, experience animals, gardening, syrup production, and hay rides. He was often recognized and greeted by young people who experienced these activities and referred to him fondly, as “Farmer Bud”.

A “Jack of all trades”, Bud was the person to call whenever you needed help: rock wall building, haying, driveway repair, plowing, maple syrup. If he couldn’t help directly, chances were, he’d know someone who could. He was a loyal friend and neighbor who always supported those around him. Bud supported the Nelson Congregational Church serving in various capacities including Trustee, Deacon, Clerk of the Works for the Melville Hall addition, and a general steward of the building and its facilities.

Bud will be greatly missed by many, especially his loving family, including his wife, Kelly; their four children, Winston “Marty” and his wife Katie, Whitney, Megan and Ryan; adorable grandson, Winston James French; three siblings; many treasured nieces and nephews and a farm full of animals. He is predeceased by his parents, Winston H. French and Dorothy M. (Farwell) French.

A celebration of Bud’s life is being planned for summer 2021.

Bud was integral to the farm and earth he loved. In lieu of flowers, please take a moment to go outside, take a long, deep, cleansing breath and marvel at the beauty of the world around us. Bud would want us to appreciate every day and be fulfilled by a life well-lived.

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September 28, 2020 Mary Smith

Age 95, born May 26, 1925, passed away September 28, 2020. Mary Glover Smith, The Original Mary Smith, 95, of Charlottesville, Va. died on September 28, 2020 in her apartment at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge. Born May 26, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, Mary was the daughter of Dr. Donald Mitchell Glover and Dr. Leona vanGorder Glover. She was preceded in death by, in addition to her parents, her three siblings, Albert vanGorder Glover, Donald Mitchell Glover Jr and Leona Glover Champeny and granddaughter, Lydia Boyce Smith. Mary attended Hathaway Brown School and was selected the co-Honor Girl of her graduating class. Her college education at Wellesley College was interrupted when she married Craig, her high school sweetheart. She completed college at National College of Education, Evanston, Ill., after her children were old enough to help with her math homework. She taught first grade at both the Winnetka, Ill. Public Schools and The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Mary served on the Amasa Stone House for Senior Women, and the Lake Erie College Boards. She also served as a District Commissioner for the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club Pony Club, as Secretary for the National Pony Club, and also on the Board of Governors and the Advisory Council. An accomplished figure skater in her youth, later in life Mary was bitten hard by the horse bug and became a skilled dressage rider. For many years she owned and managed Logan's Corner Dressage Center. Her goal was to maintain the barn and horses to Pony Club standards. When Mary was just three months old, she spent her first summer in the Adirondacks. The Adirondacks became the center of her year; first on the mainland and then on the Island. Camp, as she called it, became the touch stone of her life; the place she reset her compass. Mary, or GranMary, as she was called after the birth of her grandchildren, earned eternal gratitude and esteem from her grandchildren for teaching them the finer points of camp living; water fights, how to pour water through knotholes on unsuspecting diners below and short sheeting beds. She found mischief and laughter and loved her grandchildren dearly. Mary possessed an incredible gift of hospitality. She would seek opportunities to gather as family and friends. She and Craig traveled to almost all of her children's and grandchildren's high school, college and graduate school graduations and it was not unusual for them to come to swim meets, drill teams, rowing, or just show up. Mary is survived by her husband of 75 years, the love of her life, Craig Richey Smith, four children, Timothy vanGorder Smith (Barbara) of St. Louis, Mo., Dr. Craig Richey Smith (Patricia), Bronxville, N.Y., Patricia Smith Nabers, Orange, Va., Marcia Smith Colby (Patrick), Orange, Va., seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, and sisters-in-law, Joan Smith Bossio and Virginia Glover A special thanks to her physician Dr. Katherine Jaffe, the Doctors and Staff at the UVA Memory Clinic and her faithful caregivers, Janet Parker, Jesica Baker, Marta Staples, Emily Gogoll, Kate Longstreet, and Mary Jones, whose love and care added quality to Mary's life and gladdened her heart. Due to the complications of life and death in the time of a pandemic, a Memorial Service, conducted by Chaplain Elaine Tola, will be announced at a later date. It is anticipated that there will be remote access available for the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue, 5145 Taylor Creek Road, Afton, VA 22920 or Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, 16497 Snyder Rd, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.

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August 18, 2020 Patricia A. Buckwalter

Patricia A. Buckwalter, age 77 years, of Ringoes, NJ, died Sunday, October 18, 2020, in the Hunterdon Medical Center, Raritan Township, NJ.

Born in Reading, Berkshire, England, July 27, 1943, daughter of the late Albert G. and Pearl A. Unwin Towndrow, Trish had resided in the Hunterdon County area since 1972.

A US citizen, she was a graduate of a nursing school in Canada and was formerly employed as a nurse’s aide in Canada where she and her family first emigrated from England. She later emigrated to the United States where she became an accomplished equestrian and equestrian teacher for many years. Trish later was employed by a lawyer’s services firm, Charles Jones, Inc, Trenton, NJ.

Trish was a former President of the Amwell Valley Trail Association; former Master of Fox Hounds and former Master of the Amwell Valley Hounds. She was also an equestrian teacher for the British Horse Society and for the United States Pony Club.

Surviving are her husband of forty-six years, John R. Buckwalter; a daughter and son-in-law, Ann E. and Pat Morsella of Coopersburg, PA; a son and daughter-in-law, Thom and Lisa Buckwalter of Austin, TX; a brother John Towndrow and his wife, Susan, of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada; a brother-in-law, Alan Buckwalter of Santa Fe, N. Mex.; and two grandchildren, Miranda and Adelaide Buckwalter.

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August 7, 2020 Nancy Lanphier Chapin

 Chatham, IL—She believed bacon grease flavored all cooking and a pot of coffee was a single serving. She loved a nightly cocktail or two and reluctantly gave up cigarettes after decades of investing in the pleasure. She hated coconut as much as she hated snakes. She was not fond of cats, but always had a dog and a horse or more nearby. She loved her garden, making raspberry jam and giving away produce to her friends. She never wore sunscreen, only grudgingly used a seat belt after it became the law and miraculously could count her speeding tickets on just one hand.

Nancy Lanphier Chapin died August 7, 2020 at her home in Chatham Illinois. Born on April 19, 1938 in London, England to Robert Carr and Mary Catherine Edmands Lanphier, Jr., she spent all but a few years of her life in Sangamon County, Illinois and the whole of her adult life at the farm Windridge in Chatham.
Nancy liked organizing and directing people, making lists of chores, planning social events and family gatherings. She generously shared her opinions and was confident in her assessments. One community icon warmly identified her as sometimes "prickly". She liked getting things done and was commanding right up until the last hour of her life. Passionate about community service, philanthropy, education and history, she championed local history initiatives in the community and at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). Go check out the Sangamon Experience at UIS!
Growing up in the city of Springfield, Nancy was a horse crazy kid much to the dismay of her parents. Her grandmother gave her a horse for her 12th birthday which she kept at a boarding barn near Washington Park. She rode "Sunnyboy" all over Washington Park often hoping to meet up with the twenty something bachelor who rode a fancy high stepping horse. Everyone can imagine she thought Charles "Chick" Chapin was quite dashing. They married right after her 20th birthday and within a few years were living at Windridge with horses, children, dog, cats and the goat Snoopy.
She was adamant her children and nephews would not grow up to be "sissy city kids" and made sure they knew how to prepare a horse or cow for show, mow with a tractor, use a chainsaw and shoot a gun. Mostly, they were expected to work and finish the tasks she assigned from The List written on legal sized paper. She was especially relieved when her daughter Sally moved back to Chatham these last few years to help her with the everlasting to do list of living. Of course, she left a list on her computer for "after death".
For many years Windridge was a hub of horse activity, hosting clinics, camps and the Sangamon Valley Pony Club. Nancy and Chick organized nationally sanctioned equestrian competitions for decades and officiated at competitions all over the country. She was an official scorer in the equestrian sport of eventing at World Championships and the Olympic Games.
Nancy loved new technology, math, spreadsheets and taking tests. She always had the newest computer and the latest techie gadgets. She had extensive spreadsheets on farm business, financial records, and anything that could be tracked or quantified. In school, she reportedly shocked her high school teachers by scoring perfectly on the SATs. She was awarded a masters degree in psychology from UIS/Sangamon State University after spending just one year at Smith College playing a lot of card games. Who knew you could take a test and go straight to graduate school?
Nancy was a member emeritus of the Anti-Rust Club, a women's literary club in Springfield. She also held leadership positions in multiple community organizations.
She was married 57 years to Charles Armstrong Chapin. He died in 2015. She was also predeceased by her parents and her sister Jeanne Lanphier Lawrence. She is survived by her children Anne E. Chapin (Curtis Peterson), Charlottesville, VA, William L. Chapin (Tamara), Redwood City CA, and Sarah A. Chapin, Chatham IL, granddaughter Annika "Nika" Chapin as well as siblings Robert Carr Lanphier III (Glen Arbor, MI) and Mary Lanphier Collins (Roger) Santa Fe, NM and many loved nieces and nephews.
Nancy fervently wished to have family and friends gather for a celebration of her life at Windridge at a time when people are able to hug. The Chapin family is grateful for the compassionate care and diligence of Dr. Mary Saunders and Dr. Nora MacZura and her excellent team as well as the attentive caretakers from Memorial Home Hospice and Home Instead. Memorial contributions can be made to the Sangamon Experience at UIS or a charity of your choice.

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November 3, 2019 Ashley Alexandra Katherine Allen, DNP, RN, FNP

Ashley was an H-B graduate of Autumn Ridge Pony Club  in the New Hersey Region. Debra Allen states, "Pony Club instilled in Ashley the qualities that followed her throughout her life. Pony Club along with her hard work and dedication to everything she took on paved the road for her success, not only with her horses, but in life. Horses and Pony Club were indeed one of the best and most rewarding experiences I could ever have afforded my daughter."

On Sunday November 3, 2019, Ashley Alexandra Katherine Allen entered Heaven the way she lived her life; with courage, dignity and grace.

Ashley was born on a sunny day on May 19, 1992.  From that day forward, she brought nothing but joy, happiness and sunshine into our lives and the lives of many others.

Ashley grew up on a small farm in Milford, PA.  She quickly became a lover of animals, especially horses.  She started riding lessons when she was six years old and continued until she was no longer able to ride and compete.  She was an accomplished rider with all the finest qualities of a true horsewoman.  Her beloved horses Max, Jack, and Nick taught her so much and she loved them unconditionally. 

Ashley attended Delaware Valley High School and graduated with honors in 2010.  She had grown up wanting to be a veterinarian, but felt she could do more good helping people.  She was accepted to Misericordia University where she studied nursing and graduated with honors in 2014.  She was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Nursing Society.  Ashley’s first nursing job was on the PCU floor at Sentara Hospital in Norfolk VA.  She loved the job and people she worked with, but found her niche in the emergency department.  She loved the fast pace of emergency medicine.

Always a quiet, determined achiever, Ashley applied to her beloved Misericordia University and was accepted into their MSN/DNP graduate program.  In the middle of these studies and while continuing to practice as an ER nurse, Ashley was struck with cancer.  The advice to take time off and to resume her studies at a later date, was not an option for Ashley.  She said that it was important for her to finish on time; it mattered to her.  Through countless chemotherapy treatments, doctor visits and hospitalizations, Ashley continued her studies and graduated with her class in Dec. 2018.  Ashley was born with the heart of a lion and unrelenting determination.  Ashley’s doctor called after her passing and told us “all people die but not all people live”.  Ashley lived!  She packed so much life into her twenty seven years.  She traveled, rode horses, chased her dreams, worked in a profession she loved, fell in love, mended a broken heart and still put one foot in front of the other battling what she knew from the start was an incurable cancer.  She did so with grace, dignity, integrity and courage.  She battled cancer to the very end; cancer did not beat Ashley.  Ashley faced cancer head on, unafraid and armed with the love of Jesus Christ, her Savior whom she rededicated her life to on June 30, 2018.  Lovingly surrounded by her family and friends, Ashley was re-baptised by her brother in Christ, Sam Morris.   The sun shone brightly upon her when she arose from the water.  Ashley was alive in Christ even more from that day forward. Although we may no longer physically see Ashley, we believe she has left an indelible mark on all of us lucky enough to have known her.

 Ashley would want all of us to remember her with a smile rather than with tears.  She would want us to find comfort in knowing she is free from pain and home with her Heavenly Father, her family gone before and her beloved horse Jack.  Ashley will always continue to bring sunshine into our lives.  We will miss her witty sense of humor, her contagious smile, her love of life and her innocent nature.  She will  be deeply loved forever and will never be forgotten.  Ashley Allen was that “one in a million” special kind of person.

Ashley is survived by her loving parents Gary and Debra Allen, her dearly loved brother, confidant and best friend Bill and her maternal Grandmother, Ruth Rosencrance.  She is also survived by many special aunts, uncles, cousins and cherished friends.  She also leaves behind her puppies Layla and Tess who protected her and who were always by her side.

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August 27, 2019 Georgiana McCabe

Georgiana Hubbard McCabe, died from complications of metastatic melanoma on August 27, 2019. She was 78 years old. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut on March 14, 1942, to Chauncey and Virginia Hubbard, Georgiana attended Greenwich Country Day School, The Garrison Forest School and graduated from Sarah Lawrence University. She also spent a highly formative gap year in France where she formed a lifelong love and connection to the region. Upon graduation from Sarah Lawrence, she moved to New York City, where she married and worked as a school teacher in both New York City and at Greenwich Country Day School. Her specialty was French language lessons.

It was during this time that she also first started her lifelong career in philanthropy and community service, working with the Volunteer Service Photographers. Later, she served on the board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, was the chairwoman of the board at the Gateway School in Greenwich and was a founding member of the APPLE Committee at Greenwich Country Day. Georgiana served on the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce and was on the board of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC). She also served as District Commissioner of the Greenwich Pony Club. Georgiana cared for and hosted countless animals at her various homes, including at Rocklawn Farm in Greenwich, a place that would also provide an informal respite and learning center for countless children (and adults) over the years. And while her passion was for horses, donkeys and bees, there were also plenty of dogs, cats, chickens and various other creatures which she provided with love, food and nurturing.

Many of Georgiana's beliefs were shaped by the women's movement of the 1970s. With her children growing up, she wanted a fresh start and a new life away from the grind of New York City, so she moved to Standardsville, Virginia in 1991. Making new friends along the way, she embraced Green County living to the fullest, building her beloved Snow Mountain Farm and opening a retail nursery. Georgiana was also a lifelong conservationist, and perhaps her biggest volunteer accomplishment was in 1995, when she helped found and Chair the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource (ELCR), an organization that protects and conserves private land for equestrian use. In 2002 she was also named as a fellow of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. She also became a board member at the UVA Cancer Center, with a focus on a group called Patients and Friends Research Fund, which focused improving the quality of life for people living with cancer and terminal illnesses.

Georgiana was predeceased by her parents Chauncy and Virginia, as well as her brother Elijah. She is survived by her two children, Caroline (William Springer), and Nicholas, as well as a grandson, Sam Springer. In early August, she made the difficult decision to discontinue cancer treatment, and to head back to her beloved farm. "We came back to Snow Mountain Farm to celebrate our time together," she said shortly before she passed. "The stories and laughter and ice cream socials we had along with movie night, the flowers, butterflies, birds, bees, cats, friends, and gigantic delicious meals, that made it just delicious for me. Who cares about manners! For me, the sense of wholeness that comes from friends and family just resting in each others' company, without any sense of strife nor disagreement, is simply divine." In the end she moved on to her next journey with amazing grace in typical "Giana" fashion, teaching one final lesson: despite life's inevitable struggles with pain and confusion, it can also give way to peace, companionship, healing and love.

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August 25, 2019 Ann Rickard Haller

Mrs. Ann Rickard Haller passed away August 25, 2019 in Manassas, Va at the age of 56. She was born Sept 2, 1962 at Fort Benning, Ga to the late Col. Daniel Rickard and Meta Stuart Fooks Rickard.

Ann is survived by her mother, Meta Fooks Rickard of Columbus, Ga; her brothers Paul Rickard (Brooke) of Midland Ga and Col. Tom Rickard (Elizabeth) of Ft. Meade, Md; her aunts Mary Alice "Tuke" Shoemaker of Belton Tx and Mary Bolling Fooks Whittemore of Falmouth, Me; and her uncles Robert Fooks (Peggy) of Norfolk, Va and James Rickard (Kay) of Traverse City, Mi.Ann was preceded in death by her late husband Mr. Roger Haller and by her father Col. Daniel Rickard.

Ann's love of horses and her involvement in the equestrian world began at the age of eight with the assistance of her aunt, Tuke Shoemaker, who introduced Ann to Pony Club. This grew into a lifetime passion and career, and led to her meeting and marrying a giant in the equestrian world, Roger Haller.
Working both together with Roger and on her own, Ann traveled the nation and the world, working everything from local horse shows to huge international events.

Ann was involved in so many aspects of eventing and was truly at the heart of the sport. She embodied the real spirit of an eventer with a “get it done” attitude pitching in to make sure whatever needed to get done was done.

Ann worked in the press office at many events around the country including the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Fair Hill International, Rebecca Farm, NAYC, World Equestrian Games, and the USEA American Eventing Championships, just to name a few. She often multitasked as the cross-country controller or took on other roles as needed.

A self-declared “army brat,” Ann grew up all over. She was a graduate H-A pony club member from Hood Pony Club (Texas) and was a member of more than half a dozen pony clubs. She continued to be involved in Pony Club for over 25 years as an instructor, clinician, coach, National Examiner, Chief Horse Management Judge, past member of the USPC national eventing and horse management committees, and past member of the USPC Board of Governors. She was a Level II USEA Certified Instructor as well as being a USPC Level IV National Examiner, and an FEI Steward. In 2006, she was inducted into the USPC Academy of Achievement.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the United States Pony Club Annual Fund (PonyClub.org/giving/annualfund), or to the Roger Haller Education Fund (USEAFoundation.org/donate).

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August 8, 2019 Boyce Cooper Magli

On August 8, 2019, while bird hunting in Argentina, Boyce Cooper Magli, age 76 made one last good shot and died. He died doing what he loved - hunting and being with his friends.

Boyce was born to Wilbur and Nellie Boyce Magli. He grew up on a horse farm in Williamson County, Tennessee. A graduate of Battle Ground Academy, Class of 1961, he maintained lifelong friendships from his time there. On January 17,1964, he and Angela Cheryl Sherling were married. During their marriage of 55 years, they had two children Wib (Jennifer) and Cooper (Emily) and four grandchildren whom he cherished: Virginia Rose, Genevieve, Luke and Boyce. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Yvonne Magli. He was close to his brother Tom Magli, his sister Ann Webber (John) and his nieces Kemp Steib (Mike), Margaret Webber, Lauren Magli, Lilo Buppert (Bill), Charlotte Krasinski (Ray), nephew Chase Magli; and brother-in-law Randy Sherling (Kathy).

Few have lived a life as full. An accomplished equestrian, he was a charter member of the Middle Tennessee Pony Club. During his youth he was known for winning pony races at the Iroquois Steeplechase on his pony Wee Biscuit. Later, he fox hunted, rode a few bulls, raced motorcycles, walked away from a plane crash, hunted and fished all over North America, and had a grand time playing the role of Big Daddy, a pimp and drug dealer in a U.S. Special Forces training exercise.

His was a life lived in constant motion, filled with friends and family. There was nothing that Boyce loved more than hunting and being with his friends and family, a close second was negotiating a real estate deal. He filled his life with the things that he loved, often standing in a duck blind with a duck call in one hand and a cell phone in the other, hunting and working a deal at the same time. A telephone conversation with him during the winter would often be interrupted with a whispered, "hold on, hold on…" then the sounds of a duck call. He ignored the old maxim not to mix business with pleasure. To him, business was a pleasure and he conducted it with an ever expanding network of friends. Boyce was active in the real estate industry for nearly 54 years and first licensed in 1965. He was the owner and broker of Magli Realty Company in Franklin, Tennessee. The Williamson County Association of REALTORS (WCAR) awarded him the REALTOR of the Year in 1977 and he was the Tennessee REALTOR of the Year in 1981. He served on the WCAR Board of Directors and as President in 1977. In 1979 he served as the president of the Tennessee Association of REALTORS. Other notable business accomplishments include being a founding director of Brentwood National Bank and chairman of the Bank's Executive Committee. Not only the real estate industry benefited from his leadership, but the hunting, fishing and conservation sector as well. He was appointed to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission by Governor Phil Bredeson and served from 2003 to 2009. He was instrumental in the founding of the Harpeth Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. His memberships in the Buffalo River Hunting Club and the Forked Deer River Hunting Club provided him with many pleasurable days in the field. He was a member of the Franklin Noon Rotary Club since 1970 and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a longtime member and supporter of Ducks Unlimited, the Wild Turkey Federation, and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. In a life filled with accomplishments, perhaps his greatest achievement was the large group of friends with whom he shared deep bonds. 

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July 11, 2019 Ashley Marie Stout

Ashley Marie Stout, 13, of Port Matilda, died Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College. Born January 15, 2006, in State College, she was the daughter of Craig and Susan D. Moscone Stout of Port Matilda. In addition to her parents, she is survived by brother, Alex C. Stout of Port Matilda, her paternal grandparents, Cyrus (deceased) & Kathleen Stout, of Scranton, Pa; maternal grandparents, Ken & Kitty Moscone, of Sarasota, Fl. In addition, Ashley has a paternal sibling, Ty Cerino of Wilmington, NC, and many aunts & uncles she loved dearly; Jan Moscone, Kim & Jim Kramer, Kelly and Mike Radzicki, Chris and Tammy Stout, Charlie and Sarah Stout, Karen and Joe Beveridge, Brian and Kathy Noviskis, Kenny and Sheila Moscone, and too many cousins to list.

Ashley was an eighth-grade student at Park Forest Middle School and was an avid equestrian She had been actively competing since she was 6 years old. Ashley was a C-2 member of Standing Ovation Pony Club Riding Center in the Eastern Pennsylvania Region. In 2017 at 11 years old, Ashley won the Junior Beginner Novice 14U Eventing National Championship held in Tryon, N.C. She has been competing in USEA horse trials for three years and began riding her horse, Avant Garde "Grady", in the spring of 2018 with great success. In June, they won the Junior/Young Rider Open Training division at the NJ Region's H.T. and finished second in the Prelim/Training division at the Bucks County Horse Park H.T. She is currently ranked as the #2 Junior Rider nationally and was determined to reach #1 by the end of the summer. Ashley was preparing to represent Area II Young Rider Training Three-Day Team at Rebecca Farm, Montana, later this month, in addition to grooming for the Area II North American Youth Championships (NAYC) team. 

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May 29, 2019 Major General Jonathan R. Burton

Major General Jonathan “Jack” Burton (ret.), died on May 29 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 99. Burton was predeceased by his wife, Joan. He is survived by his son, Jonathan “Jock” Rowell Burton, Jr. (Pace) of Chesterfield, Virginia, and daughter Judith “Judy” Lewis (Don) of Tucson, Arizona.

General Burton, always a horse lover, was born in 1919 and began his equestrian career galloping racehorses as a young boy. He enrolled in the ROTC Horse Cavalry Division while at Michigan State University and upon graduation headed to Fort Riley, Kansas, headquarters of the U.S. Cavalry School. Enrolled as a second lieutenant in the Ninth Basic Horsemanship Class, he studied weapons administration, riding, shoeing, veterinary procedures, conditioning, marching, planning maneuvers, pathfinding, night compass courses, and stable management. When the U.S. entered World War II, Burton and his regiment were shipped to Australia to prepare to fight as infantry under General MacArthur and from there he was shipped to New Guinea.

At the close of the war, Burton headed back to Fort Riley to teach Advanced Horsemanship. For the 1948 London Olympic Games, Burton was selected for both the show jumping and three-day eventing teams, then ultimately competed on the show jumping team. Eight years later at the 1956 Stockholm Olympic Games he rode for the U.S. Equestrian Team on the three-day eventing team. In 1953, Burton helped organize the first continuous horse trials in the U.S. along with Margaret Lindsley Warden and William Haggard. He also had the honor of writing the first rulebook for combined training.

General Burton served two and a half years in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division as a brigade commander and as an assistant division commander. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit (1st OLC), Distinguished Flying Cross (2nd OLC), Air Medal (V Device & 54 OLC), Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Ribbon.

After 33 years in the U.S. Army, Burton retired as a Major General, last as commander of the 3rd Armored Division in 1975. Jack served as Executive Vice President for the U.S. Equestrian Team for 10 years and as President of the U.S. Combined Training Association (now United States Eventing Association) from 1985-1987. He was inducted into the USEA Hall of Fame and the US Dressage Federation Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the group that established the North American Young Rider Championships in the 1980s. He worked as an FEI judge, technical delegate, and steward until the age of 92. Burton was instrumental in Pony Club as a judge and technical delegate helping aspiring riders with Olympic dreams. 

A lifetime's commitment, not only to eventing but to other equestrian disciplines as well, has resulted in a sport that is strong and viable and substantially better because of Burton's guardianship.

Burton will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery later this year.

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February 17, 2019 Dorothy Knocke Maxfield

Dorothy Maxfield was born in 1943 in New York, NY. Sadly, she passed away of natural causes on February 17, 2019 in Mobile, AL.

While growing up on the family farm, Hobby Horse Hill, in Readington, NJ, Dorothy and her sisters owned their first pony. This sparked a life-long passion and dedication in her as an equestrian. Her professional career spanned over 50 years with her training and riding all the way to Grand Prix and including winning the USDF Gold Medal. She was a graduate "A" Pony Club member, and was an enthusiastic eventer in younger years, spending a year with the US Three Day team from 1963 to 1964.

Dorothy earned her "R" USEF Dressage judge's license and "r" Eventing license, as well as, an USEF Technical Delegate's license for both dressage and eventing and a FEI Dressage Stewards license. Dorothy was always dedicated to teaching young riders at Pony Club, accompanying generations of them to Championships over the years. She was a lifetime member of USPC,  involved both locally and at the national levels. She was awarded a USPC Jubilee Legend in 2005. She was also the organizer of various reoccurring recognized shows at Hobby Horse Hill and Amwell Valley Event and toured the country giving clinics and lessons.

Dorothy truly committed her life to training horses and students of all levels, her most important legacy for which countless remember her. Her compassion enabled her to take complex and complicated concepts and break them down into smaller, understandable pieces and then teach the rider to communicate those concepts to their horse. She helped shape so many other equestrians that she will live on through each of them. She will be missed by so many.

She is survived by her daughter Deborah Kuschel (Gunnar), her identical twin sister Diane Kohout and her younger sister Martha Hoffarth (Anton).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511 ATTN: in memory of Dorothy Maxfield. Or a donation can be made online at https://www.ponyclub.org/secure/Forms/MakeAGift.aspx. In the note section, please include in memory of Dorothy Maxfield.

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January 10, 2019 Judith Johnston Gilman

Judith Johnston Gilman passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the age of 87.

Judy was born to Ina and V.A. Johnston Jr. on July 9, 1931, in New York. She grew up in New Jersey, graduating from Gill-St. Bernards School and Bennett Junior College.

In 1970, with the enthusiasm of her husband, she fulfilled her dream of moving to Virginia’s horse country, which allowed her to passionately pursue many equestrian sports. Her life centered around her family, horses and her dogs, and she freely devoted much time sharing her vast knowledge and experience. She had a meaningful impact on many in our community, including teaching children to ride as the DCof the Casanova-Warrenton Pony Club (1972-1979), serving as Secretary and Treasurer of the Old Dominion Hounds and co-chairing the Montpelier Border Terrier Rally. When not with four-legged friends, she was an avid tennis player.

Judy was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, A. Robert Gilman, VMD.

She is survived by her daughters, Andrea Gilman and Julie Sullivan (Brent); three grandchildren, and her two sisters.

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December 4, 2018 Stephanie L. Patrick-Chalfant

Stephanie L. Patrick-Chalfant, 63, of Rye, passed away at her home, surrounded by loving family on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

Stephanie was born on August 21, 1955 in Exeter, a daughter of Priscilla (MacCallum) Patrick of Rye and the late John W. Patrick. She was raised in Rye and graduated from Portsmouth High School with the Class of 1973. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Animal Science Degree from UNH in 1977 and her second Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from UNH in 1979.

Theater was her passion; she worked a number of jobs within the industry over the years as well as holding membership with Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actors Guild. Aside from her many appearances on stage as a talented character actress she worked primarily behind the scenes as one of the seacoast areas foremost costume designers. Among many local playhouses and performance venues Stephanie worked at the Hooker Howe Costume House of Haverhill, MA, the Hampton Playhouse and for the last 15 years as the Costume Shop Supervisor for the University of New Hampshire Theatre Department.

She was also an accomplished equestrian and horse woman devoting 50+ years of service to the United States Pony Club as a member, volunteer and most recently District Commissioner of Squamscott Pony Club.

In addition to her mother, Stephanie is survived by her daughter, Lilliana Chalfant who resides in Prague, Czech Republic and her sisters, Shelly L. Patrick of Rye and Stacey L. Patrick of Coplin Plantation, ME. She also leaves behind many cousins, her horses and her special Irish Jack Russell, “Charlie.”

 

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November 27, 2018 Elizabeth "Bubbles" Moore

Elizabeth “Bubbles” Moore, 99, of Darling, Middletown Township, died peacefully in the home she built with her husband, on Dec. 27, just shy of her 100th birthday.

A true Renaissance woman, Mrs. Moore was an accomplished equestrian who was named a “regional legend” by the United States Pony Clubs, an award-winning gardener who competed in the Philadelphia Flower Show for 52 years, and a longtime volunteer at Riddle Hospital. She was also a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was an independent, courageous woman before the word “feminist” entered popular lexicon and she encouraged many young people to embrace life. Mrs. Moore was born on March 31, 1919, to Elizabeth and Jeffery Cuddy in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended the Laurel School in Cleveland, Ohio, and Bennett Junior College in Millbrook, N.Y. In 1940, she moved to Brooklin, Maine, and worked at the Blue Hill Hospital as a nurse-in-training. She taught first aid on the islands in the Jericho Bay. In 1940, she volunteered with the Kentucky Frontier Nursing organization, caring for the horses that carried the healthcare workers to see their patients who lived in rural areas. She loved the coast of Maine and, during her 20s, she raised a young pig named Mimi, often taking the pig to the beach. 

In 1945, she married E. Townsend Moore, and together they moved to Darling, PA., where they renovated an old bank barn into a stunning country home and raised three children, Linda, Townie and Peter. They also built a stable, which was home to many horses through the years. Mrs. Moore was dedicated to preserving open space in the community and in 2008 she put her property in a conservation easement with the North American Land Trust.

Mrs. Moore was instrumental in starting the Rose Tree chapter of the United States Pony Clubs. Inc., and, over the years, instructed many young equestrians in dressage, jumping, fox hunting and horsemanship. She was a member of the Rose Tree Hunt Club, and attended the 50th anniversary of the historic Hunt Club’s relocation to York, held at Rose Tree Park in 2014. Mrs. Moore also served as a fence judge for many three-day competitions held at Radnor Hunt Club and helped organize the annual Dressage at Devon event.

Mrs. Moore is predeceased by her husband, Townie who passed in 1994, and her daughter, Linda (1978), who shared her mother’s passion for horses. She is survived by two sons, Townsend of Kirkwood, Pa., and Peter of Brooklin, Maine, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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November 21, 2018 Ruth Hughes

Ruth Halvorsen Hughes, born on August 27, 1929 in Scarsdale, New York, to the late Greta Schwartz Halvorsen and the late George Halvorsen, passed away at age 89 on November 21, 2018. 

Ruth was married to the late Byron Gail Hughes for 65 years and is survived by her sons, Byron G. "Scooter" (Traci) Hughes, David H. (Patti) Hughes, and Andrew "Wick" (Karen) Hughes; daughter, Sarah E. "Libba" (Jerry) Hughes; and grandchildren, Sydney Hughes, Byron G. (Kelsey) Hughes II, Kepler Hughes, and Ruth Hughes, and her special '1st cousin' Sarah Tate.

She also leaves behind her adored dog, Speedy. Ruth was the Training Barn Foreman at Forest Retreat Farm for many years, and was instrumental in starting many a successful race horses. She was the former MFH of Licking River Hounds, and was a frequent volunteer at Keeneland Pony Club ,which she was instrumental in starting events at the Kentucky Horse Park. 

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September 7, 2018 Deborah Kraus Lochner

Deborah Kraus Lochner, VMD of Spencer, TN passed away at Cookeville Regional Medical Center on September 7, 2018 at the age of 72 following an extended illness. Dr. Lochner was born July 20, 1946 in Wilmington, Delaware to Philip Berkeley Kraus and Marjorie Patt Kraus, who preceded her in death. She grew up in Landenberg, PA where she was an active member of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. 

Upon completing high school, she attended Michigan State University, but left prior to graduation after receiving an early acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Following her graduation, she worked for several years as a practicing small animal veterinarian before starting a family. She placed a high value on education and home schooled all five of her children.

As an adult, she continued her involvement with the Unites States Pony Clubs, Inc. and was the founder of both the Sundance Pony Club in Stillwater, OK and Mossy Creek Pony Club in Fort Valley, GA. She served as a District Commissioner, adviser for the Youth Congress, and a member of the USPC Board of Governors. She worked towards a Masters Degree in Technical Writing at Oklahoma State University and later taught Biology at Georgia Military College in Warner Robins, GA. In addition, Dr. Lochner was certified as a Master Beef Producer and a Master Gardener. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served as a youth leader and in various rolls within the Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. Lochner is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Frank Lochner, DVM and their five children; Laura E. (Garrison) Smith of Kent, CT, Natalie R. (David) Austin of Stillwater, OK, Katrina M. (Zac) Gowen of Fort Valley, GA, Charles R. (Jamie) Lochner of Fort Valley, GA, Douglas K. (Kimberly) Lochner of Fort Valley, GA, and thirteen grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers; John and Robert Kraus, and sisters; Patricia Kraus Holt, Betsy Kraus, PhD and Kathryn Kraus McClure, MD and mother-in-law Helen Glass Lochner. She will be greatly missed.

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June 29, 2018 Debra Peskor

Debra K. Peskor, 62, of Rochester passed away suddenly on Friday, June 29th, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born in Ripley, West Virginia on August 17th, 1955 to the late Frederick Dana Wolfe (father) and Janet Schaumloeffel (mother). The family moved to the Rochester area when Debi was 8 years old. She is a 1973 graduate of Monroe High School.

Debi was the Vice Regional Supervisor of the Western New York Region from 2007-2012.

Debi is survived by her loving boyfriend of 2 years Don Gay, son Eric (Jamie) Peskor, son Kirk Peskor, brother Michael Wolfe, sister-in-law Donna Wolfe, brother David (Andrea) Snyder, brother and sister-in-law Gary and Carlene Gay, nephews Chris (Sarah) Wolfe, Nick (Kathlin) Wolfe and Greyson Snyder, grandson Luke Peskor, great nephews Jacob and James Wolfe, along with many loving friends.

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May 2, 2018 Paula Parker Raye

Beloved wife of John Raye, passed on May 2 at home in Chatham. She was deeply loved by her family: Kimberly Raye Woolley & Peter Woolley of Medfield, Karin Raye & Bradford Steiner of Newton, William and Kristen Raye of Harwich and her grandchildren: Hannah, JT, Shea, Zachary, Sam, Ella, and Jack. She leaves her brothers, Steven Parker, George Parker, and Philip Parker, and many adored nieces and nephews and their children.
Paula was an outstanding volunteer civic leader who has held numerous positions of prominence in her community. She was a member of the Granby School Board and served on the Conservation Commission and many other local committees. Paula was on the board of the Holcomb Farm, a non-profit environmental farm just outside of Hartford, whose aim is to involve inner city as well as local children and adults in organic agriculture and learning and appreciating the arts and the environment. Paula was a B Traditional member of the Old Norfolk Hunt Pony Club, which was a real achievement as she never owned a horse, but rode whatever was offered. She was on the USPC Board of Governors, served on numerous committees, and was Secretary of USPC. Paula was a member of the first ever Academy Of Achievement in 1999.

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March 6, 2018 Judith Hardin Stickley

Judith Hardin Stickley of Chelsea, AL passed away on March 6, 2018. She was the daughter of Edwin Milton Hardin and the late Edith Loraine Hardin of Birmingham, AL. She is survived by her devoted husband, Michael Charles Stickley and daughters Anna Katherine and Leah Marie Stickley, one sister, Jenny Renee Childers (Richard), niece Rachel and nephew Adam Childers of Birmingham. Sister-in-law Dr. Denise Young (Dr. Jeffery Young), nephews Andrew, Steven and Brian Young, nieces Erin and Leigh Young of Charlottesville, VA and by Michael's parents, Ken & Margaret Stickley, also of Charlottesville.

Judy graduated from Huffman High School. She received her Bachelors and Master of Civil Engineering from UAB. She was a Senior Structural Engineer for Christy/Cobb, Inc. where over 32 years she completed more than 250 structural engineering projects including industrial plants, water and wastewater facilities, commercial and educational buildings, large residences and site related structures. She was past president of Structural Engineers Assoc. of Alabama. She was also past President of Central Alabama Chapter of American Concrete Institute. She served on the International Residential Code Building and Energy Code Development Committee 2000-2001 and on the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Code Advisory Committee 2000-2004. She was a member of Tau Beta Pi and the Wood Truss Council. She was published professionally and was a presenter at conferences. An active member of the Cathedral Church of the Advent, she was for 27 years a member of the Cathedral Ringers, taught Sunday school and VBS. She was a Lenten Lunch Day Chair, and a member of the St. Elizabeth's Guild.

A life-long equestrian, she held numerous offices in the United States Pony Clubs, Inc., where her daughters participated. Judy served tirelessly in the South Region as a parent volunteer, club officer, Horse Management staff member and Vice Regional Supervisor. She assisted in teaching the members in the South Region a love for equine education. Judy exemplified the quintessential volunteer in kindly service, encouragement and enthusiasm.

She instilled in her own children the appreciation of all living creatures. She considered her children the greatest gift from God and was involved in all their activities. A devoted wife and mother, she valiantly fought cancer for a year to live for her young daughters and her husband. The family would like to thank the caring staff of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, whom Judy loved and appreciated.

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February 24, 2018 Caitlin Riann Bosshardt Ordway

Caitlin gained her wings, surrounded by her family and friends, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Married to Luke Ordway, of Moscow, ID, daughter to Ric and Anna Bosshardt, of Lewiston, ID, she is also survived by her stepbrother, Brandon Bosshardt, and family of Troy, grandparents Ric and Birdi Bosshardt and numerous aunts and uncles and cousins throughout the Northwest.

Caitlin loved to spend time outdoors with her family. As a young child, she played and fished in the local rivers and lakes, and hiked, snowboarded, picked huckleberries and hunted in the mountains with her father and many family members and friends. She was an avid archer, muzzleloader and rifle hunter, learning from some of the best hunters in the Northwest: her father and uncles. . Caitlin was always a willing participant, even when she was typically the only girl in the group. She never complained and could keep up with the best of them. Rain or snow could not keep her away from all the wonderful memories we shared.

Caitlin's love of horses at an early age introduced her to many lifelong friends and her future husband's family with great memories of riding all over the Northwest in the USPC as part of Hell's Canyon Pony Club in the Inland Empire Region, competing as far away as Rainier, Wash., with her trainer and father-in-law, Tom Ordway, and her horse, Sienna. After graduating high school, she entered the U.S. Navy, specializing in their linguistics program learning Arabic, which took her to Monterey, Calif. Caitlin loved photography; she had numerous sessions with family and friends during special times in their lives. She always felt privileged to be a part of their big event, whether it be a graduation, engagement, wedding, new babies or family group shots. She always had a camera by her side, and many of our own family memories were captured by her.

In 2014, while working on her degree in nursing and then elementary education, she met and fell in love with Luke Ordway. They shared a wonderful and blessed period in Caitlin's life, as she was diagnosed during their courtship and began her fight with brain cancer. She remained happy throughout her life, inspirational and loving toward everyone, never without a smile or a kind word to say or an ear to listen. She married her love in July 2016 on their family farm in Princeton.

She followed her passions and pursued her dreams. She made the most of every minute and lived life to the fullest without regrets. Caitlin loved us well and she was loved well, so we experience great loss, but that is OK. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again. All is well.

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January 31, 2018 Elliott P. "Buzz" Moriarty

Buzz Moriarty passed on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at the age of 91; beloved husband of Barbara Hill Moriarty; survived by one son, Michael and his wife, Gordana and their children, Tara and Luka of London, UK; and one daughter, Adele and her husband, Bill and their son, Daniel; a sister, Shirley Cherry. He was pre-deceased by one sister, Lois Allen. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Buzz attended and graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy, entered the US. Army and served in the European Theatre during WWII. Upon returning from military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida on a football scholarship. Shortly after graduation, he began his career in sales for the West Elizabeth Lumber Company eventually retiring as the Vice President of Sales. Buzz enjoyed a passion for horses and was the former owner of Moriarty Horse Farm as well as Master of the Saxonburg Hunt.

Buzz Moriarty's contribution to the Tri-State Region is legendary. For years he made his farm in Saxonburg, PA, available for all sorts of Pony Club activities from rallies and club meetings, to clinics and testings, to hosting Eventing and Tetrathlon Championships and the International Tetrathlon Exchange. Moriarty's farm even hosted the first rally offering Dressage, Show Jumping, and Eventing as separate disciplines in 1984. He served as Regional Supervisor for the Tri-State Region for four years. During that time he created a scholarship fund for C-3's and up and developed a regional instruction program that had no equal. Nationally, he served on the Board of Governors during which time he held the position of Vice-President of Membership Development. He was a long-time member of the National Eventing Committee and received the Founders Award in 2004. 

Angel Martin, former Pony Club member from the Tri-State Region, expressed it well:  “Buzz was larger than life and extraordinarily generous to so many Pony Club members, eventers, and foxhunters.  We are fortunate to have had him…  A formidable man, he brooked no nonsense but had a marvelous sense of humor".    

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October 24, 2017 Janet Weaver Thompson

Janet Weaver Thompson, formerly of Nashville - Age 80, died Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Berkeley Square Retirement Community. She was born in Hamilton on July 5, 1937.
She lived in Nashville, TN for many years and then moved back to Hamilton. She is the daughter of Paul and Nellie (Geisler) Weaver. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School and Ohio State University. She was a devoted mother, homemaker and had many interests. She enjoyed gardening and horses. She served as the District Commissioner of the Middle Tennessee Pony Club for two terms, running both the Middle Tennessee Pony Club Horse Trials and Nashville Charity Horse Show for four years. Later in life, she retired from the Butler County Common Pleas Courts. She worked in both the historic County Court House and was part of the transition to the current court house in 2000.

She is survived by Beth Thompson McCallum and spouse Marek McCallum, Washington D.C., Hannah Thompson Frank and spouse Gene Frank, Gibsonia, PA, Theodore Thompson IV and partner Rita Williams, Cornersville, TN, brother, David Weaver, grandchildren, Margaret Elizabeth Frank, Justine Koss-McCallum, and many loving nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Bob and John Weaver and their spouses Mary Ann and Alberta Weaver, sister-in-law Ann Weaver, and sister Kathleen Landrum and spouse Marvin Landrum.

A Memorial Service will be scheduled for later in the spring in Nashville for her Tennessee friends. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203 or United States Pony Club, 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. Online condolences are available at www.weigelfuneralhome.com

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October 4, 2017 Sylvia Hurd McDonald

The eldest riding member of the Arapahoe Hunt Club, Sylvia McDonald, died Oct. 4 in Denver at age 91. Born January 7, 1926 in Boston, Massachusetts, Sylvia was much more than just a member of Arapahoe Hunt. As a mentor and teacher, her language was often raunchy, her humor risqué, and her knowledge of limericks legendary, but she was also an unswerving stickler for correctly following the traditions of the sport. Sylvia rode and hilltopped, despite arthritic hands and a knee replacement, until age 90, when she hung up her spurs after riding with the Arapahoe Hunt for 63 years.
The youngest child of George Newell Hurd and Ruth Herrick, Sylvia was 12 when her riding instructor introduced her to foxhunting with the Dedham Hunt (now the Norfolk Hunt Club). She earned her junior buttons and a hunt whip at age 14.
Sylvia and Rowena Rogers founded Platte Valley Pony Club in 1956.  All five of Sylvia's children earned Pony Club certifications. In 1963, her daughter, Lyn became the second graduate “A” Pony Club member in Colorado (and just the sixth in the nation at the time). Laura earned her “B”, and Keith his “C”. Lyn and Laura are still active members of Arapahoe Hunt. Sylvia and Rowena were both honored by the title of “Pony Club Legend” at its 50th anniversary in 2004.

Among the most memorable of Sylvia’s many horses was the Shetland pony, Peanuts. At 11 hh, he was the first ride for many children. Peanuts once climbed three flights of stairs as a school prank, and he was pictured in a 1956 issue of the Chronicle of the Horse jumping over a 36" log. She was also profiled in the magazine on January 24, 2011 (see "Sylvia McDonald Has Always Believed in Being Correct").

Sylvia was a top-notch tennis player, as well, winning two singles championships, and with her partner, Mary Wolf, the Denver City Open ladies doubles tournament in 1975. Also an avid skier, she met her second husband, Dr. Roderick McDonald through skiing friends.
She is survived by her children: Lyn Robinson of Littleton, CO, Keith Robinson (Maureen) of Brewer, ME, Laura Roberts (Steve) of Larkspur, CO, Ricky Robinson of Las Vegas, NM; Charlie Robinson of Littleton, CO, and one grandson, Ian Robinson, of Brewer, ME. She is also survived by her husband Rod McDonald of Littleton, CO, four step-children, Cathy, Rory, Randy, and Rob, plus three step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. She was an amazing person and will be missed by many.

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September 23, 2017 Shirley Blanche Fox

Shirley Blanche Fox, age 91, of Brookfield, CT. Passed away peacefully on the morning of September 23, 2017 in Danbury, CT.

Blanche, as she preferred to be called, was born in Jersey City, NJ to Charles J. and Irene B. (Reinhardt) Schmitt on May 13, 1926.
Blanche married W. Donald Fox in 1944 in Ridgewood, NJ. They were happily married for 60 years. Blanche was the District Commissioner for the Poverty Hollow Pony Club for over ten years and then became the Regional Supervisor for the Metropolitan Region.
Blanche is survived by her daughter, Jennifer I. Montgomery of Encinitas, CA.

Blanche was preceded in death by her parents, Charles J. and Irene B. (Reinhardt) Schmitt, her brother, Charles G. Schmitt and her sister Irene M. (Schmitt) Moxley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the United States Pony Club, 4041 Iron Works Pkwy., Lexington KY 40511.

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August 25, 2017 George Louis Helwig

George Louis Helwig, of Severna Park, Maryland, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, August 25, 2017.  He was in North Carolina at the time and had recently celebrated his 95th birthday.  George was born in Montclair, New Jersey on August 18, 1922, the son of the late Louis Henry and Marie, nee Dollmaier, Helwig of the same city.  George graduated from Montclair High School and Springfield College.  He served in the Army during World War II, landing in Normandy on D-Day, being stranded (for lack of gasoline) with his unit in the cellars of a Heidsieck winery on the way to Paris, and being in Paris on V-E Day.  George was awarded the Purple Heart and served in the Military Police at the Nuremberg Trials.  After the war George received a master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

George taught biology and was the Assistant Director of Athletics at Hebron Academy, Hebron, Maine, from 1948 until 1959.  He met his wife, the former Sarah Virginia Lewis, known as Sally, in Hebron when she was visiting her sister, who was the wife of another member of the Hebron faculty.  They were married in Provincetown, Massachusetts on September 2, 1950.  George coached Hebron’s varsity track and ski teams and introduced soccer as a varsity sport.  He helped plan and build new facilities, including a ski jump, for the ski team and helped plan a new athletic complex that was completed in1963.  He was inducted into the Hebron Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

George became Director of Athletics at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio in 1959 and served in that capacity until 1974.  When he arrived at Reserve he discovered that no other high school in the state had a soccer team.  As the result of his efforts, for which he was recognized as the father of scholastic soccer in Ohio, almost sixty high schools fielded soccer teams by 1974.  George coached the weight men on the track team for many years.  School records in the shot put and discus, set in 1964 and 1965 respectively, by boys he coached still stand.  While living in Hudson George: served as the Chairman of the Hudson Recreation Board; was active in the Hudson Players, including playing Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls; and was a co-founder and District Commissioner of the Hudson Pony Club. He retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1973.

In 1974 George became the first Executive Director of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc., a national non-profit organization modeled on the British Pony Club for, as George put it, kids and their horses.  He moved the organization’s offices from Dover, Massachusetts to West Chester, Pennsylvania.  During his tenure the number of members and clubs grew and activities and opportunities for member participation expanded.  George was largely responsible for establishing tetrathlon as a Pony Club discipline.  He and Sally accompanied a number of Pony Club tetrathlon teams to England and Ireland for international competitions.  National and local tetrathlon awards bear his name.  Long after George retired in 1987 he remained active in Pony Club as a Board member, national committee chair, and coach.  He received a United States Pony Club Founder’s Award in 1996 and was recognized as one of its Star Legends at the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2004.  While in West Chester George taught advanced first aid for and was active in the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

George and Sally moved to Amherst, Massachusetts in 1988.  George did fund-raising for the Clark School for the Deaf and the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center and admissions work for Mount Holyoke.  While living in Amherst he took up sailing and began volunteering for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

George retired a second time in the mid-1990s and he and Sally moved to Severna Park, Maryland.  George continued to sail and volunteer for the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  He also volunteered for the United States Naval Academy sailing program.  For many years he coached shooting for the St. Margaret’s Pony Club tetrathlon team.  That team consistently earned top shooting scores in competition.  George attended Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, where he was a Deacon. George and Sally celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2002 and their fifty-fifth anniversary before Sally died in January, 2006. 

George was an avid skier and skied into his 80s.  He became a member of the National Ski Patrol in 1947 and was active in the organization for over fifty years, teaching advanced first aid to members for many of those years.  He started patrols at a number of ski areas and patrolled at areas in New England, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the west.  He was the Regional Director of the Eastern Pennsylvania Region from 1979-1983 and, subsequently, the Director of the Eastern Division.  George was the recipient of the Eastern Pennsylvania Region’s 1982-1983 award for Outstanding Administrative Patroller, which is known as the George Helwig Award.

George is survived by: his children, Anne Adams, of Bethesda, Maryland, Karen Chambers (Bob Olsson), of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and David (Janice), of Durham, North Carolina; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  There will be a private memorial service in Provincetown next June.  For those wishing to make memorial contributions, the family requests that they be made to Days End Farm Horse Rescue (Maryland) and the Hospices of the Chesapeake (Maryland) and of Amarance and Carswell (North Carolina).

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January 22, 2017 Diane Claire Hunter

Diane Claire Hunter, 87, of Grants Pass, Oregon, died Sunday, January 22, 2017.  She was born on August 23, 1929 in San Louis Obispo, California.

She is preceded in death by her husband John.  She is survived by three children, Manda Doffing of Oregon, John of California and Mark of Nebraska, six grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Diane’s love and commitment to horses and to teaching children lead her to the United States Pony Clubs during the 1970’s where she was a volunteer for more than thirty-five years.  Diane helped establish several clubs including Riverview Pony Club.  She and Jim Minger established the Camino Real Region where she served as VRS from 1991 through 2004.  At the national level she served on many committees, she was a National Examiner as well as Chief Horse Management judge.  Diane was a recipient of the USPC Founders Award and was honored at the USPC’s 50th Anniversary celebration as a USPC Legend.

Her legacy will live through the hundreds of children that she influenced their children and even a few grandchildren.  Through her encouragement Diane allowed us to think outside the box, to try new things.  She simply let us fly.

Cards and condolences may be sent to Manda Doffing at P.O. Box 816, Glendale, Oregon 97447

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October 17, 2016 Sherman Post Haight, Jr

Mr. Sherman Post Haight, Jr, age 93 of Hamilton, VA., passed away on October 17, 2016 after a long illness. Mr. Haight was born November 7, 1922 to the late Sherman P. Haight, Sr. and Anne Lyon Haight. Mr. Haight served in World War II, having enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the 7th Cavalry Reconnaissance Platoon, of the 1st Cavalry Division in the South Pacific. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Mr. Haight was MFH of the Litchfield County Hounds from 1948 to1981. He was president of the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) from 1978 to 1981 and president of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) from 1961 to 1964. In 1985 Mr. Haight along with Dr. Joe Rogers and Mr. Paul Krauss formed the Museum of Hounds and Hunting at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. He also found great joy in being outdoors, including shooting and fishing.
Mr. Haight’s business pursuits included president of E-Z Mills and president of A.S. Haight &Co. He also started the first farm winery in Connecticut, Haight Vineyard.

Mr. Haight is survived by his wife, Margaret Grahame Haight; three daughters, Nancy Hall Haight of Cartersville, Georgia; Mary Haight Armstrong, husband Allen Armstrong of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; Katharine Grahame Haight of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, two grandsons, Gilbert J. Armstrong and Francis S. Armstrong and two great grandchildren, Riley Faith Armstrong and Declan Gallagher. He is also survived by his sister Frances Tracy Haight Griswold of Litchfield, Connecticut and several nieces and nephews

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September 10, 2016 Helmut Graetz

Helmut Graetz, 90, passed Saturday, September 10, 2016, at home. We have lost a father, husband, friend, teacher and patriot; a man of unshakeable loyalty, compassion and commitment. Helmut's sense of honor and fairness was best communicated through his dedication to promoting, encouraging and sharing horsemanship with individuals and the community.

Helmut was a riding instructor and eventing coach for Keeneland Pony Club in Lexington, KY from almost its inception until the mid-2000’s. He was so influential on his students that he also became an instructor and coach for the Middle Tennessee Pony Club in Nashville, TN in the 1960’s. Not one to sit idle, Helmut was also the Vice Regional Supervisor and then Regional Supervisor of Midsouth Region for six years from 1986-1991. He joined the USPC Board of Governors from 1987-1989 and remained as a board advisory member for many more years. He helped host and organize regional and national rallies, and was a constant on the local Eventing scene as a regular volunteer. Helmut was often a warm-up steward who not only kept excellent track of order-of-go but could be a stand in coach for just about any rider at any level. In 1995, Helmut was chosen to receive a USPC Founders award at the Annual Meeting and Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah and in 2004 was nominated and received a prestigious Legends Award, given to members who had an impact on Pony Club for more than 50 years.

Helmut’s impact on Pony Club was only part of his influence on the greater Lexington horse community. He was the force in the training and development of the Lexington-Fayette Mounted Police Unit, a key player in the evolution of Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and the Masterson Station horse facility to name a few. He inspired love and respect for horses in more than one generation of all those who had the desire to take part. His sense of humor served to relax and reassure even the most timid riders. In addition, he successfully competed horses he trained as jumpers and eventers, which served as an example of what he believed worked. Helmut was a member of the group that brought the 1978 Three Day Eventing World Championship to the Kentucky Horse Park; the Rolex Three Day Event we enjoy today evolved. His sense of justice, perseverance, and quest for perfection transcended his horsemanship and manifested in his involvement with many charities, foundations throughout the area: Friends of KET, Best Friends Alzheimer's Care and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass.

Helmut retired as an engineer with IBM, Lexington, KY. Helmut leaves his wife of 64 years, Goodie, Versailles, KY; sons Michael Graetz, Lexington, KY, Glenn (Mary Katherine), Graetz, Versailles, KY and the spirit of son Andy Graetz, other loving relatives and many, many dear friends.

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July 17, 2016 Claire Harmon

Claire Joan Belletti Harmon, 62, of Missouri City, TX passed away on July 17, 2016.

Claire is survived by her husband, Brandan Harmon, her sisters Barbara Shames (Mark), June George (Chris), and Joanne Molle (Dean), her stepdaughters Melissa Sulzer (Andrew) and Katie Harmon, and her nieces and nephews Sean Molle (godson), Elizabeth Reiss, Megan Ford, David George, Melissa George, and Kaitlin Raab.

She is predeceased by her mother Dolores Loro Belletti, and her father, John Belletti.

Claire is a 1976 graduate of Ithaca College. She was an avid equestrian and longtime member of the United States Pony Club where she was an “A” graduate from Bridlewild Pony Club in the Eastern Pennsylvania Region. Furthering her Pony Club activities she was a sought after National Examiner, was an active Board of Governors member, and served on many committees. Most recently Claire  served as Vice President of Instruction. She travelled widely, and touched the lives of many students and members with her expertise, tenacity, and positive attitude. Claire lived her life with a deep abiding faith in God. She was a woman of style and grace.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to The United States Pony Clubs Penrose Fund, 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511.

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May 14, 2016 John R. (Jack) Ernst

August 17, 1932-May 14, 2016
JOHN R. (JACK) ERNST, 83, passed away on May 14, 2016. Jack was a co-founder of Cravens Fabrics & Supplies, charter member of North Pulaski United Methodist Church, served in the U.S. Navy, helped organize and was very active in the Rackensack Pony Club and co-organizer of the Jubilee Horse Trials. He also volunteered in many horse trials in neighboring states. Never a rider, but definitely a supporter of the English riding community.

Jack helped put the United States Pony Club and eventing on the map in the state of Arkansas through rallies and horse trials held at their Jubilee Farm in Gravel Ridge.

Jack and his wife bought Jubilee Farm early in their marriage when Jack was still in the textile business. They named it Jubilee after an old Methodist hymn which sang of the year of Jubilee. The word “Jubilee” also began and ended with Jack’s initials. So began the legacy of the one of the longest consecutively running horse trials in the history of the United States Eventing Association.

Preceded in death by wife, Barbara J. Bryant Ernst; mother, Kana Lou Cravens; and step-father, Henry Cravens. Survivors include two daughters, Wendy Tittle of North Little Rock and Gail McManus of Colorado and grandson, Tommy Lee Gullahorn III of Texas.

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March 30, 2016 Roger Haller

March 13, 1946 - March 30, 2016

Roger Haller, 70 of Oxford, passed away from cancer on Wednesday, March 30. The son of Elliot Haller and Jean Haller Reid, Roger grew up with a love for horses. He was riding and competing in equitation classes by  9-years-old, and became involved in the Junior Essex Troop, which was a riding group for schoolboys in the area. By 17-years-old Roger  was riding at the United States Equestrian Team’s (USET) Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J. Roger was a member of the Somerset Hills Pony  Club and achieved his ‘A’ rating at the age of 18.

By his early twenties, Roger served as Area II Chairman, on the Board of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA), the Board for the United States Pony Club (USPC) and on the American Horse Show Association’s (AHSA) Events Committee.

Roger’s family farm, Hoopstick Farm, in Bedminster, N.J., became the original site of the Essex Horse Trials thanks to many efforts of Roger and his parents. The Essex Horse Trials hosted their first event in 1968, and Roger was the first organizer, course designer and course builder for the event.

Roger’s contributions to the sport of eventing are nearly impossible to list. He was a course designer, technical delegate, judge, organizer and volunteer. Roger designed the cross-country courses for such notable events including the 1978 World Championships in Lexington, Ky. and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. He officiated in 46 different states and 14 countries as well as judging at major events across North and South America including Rolex Kentucky.

He was a life-long volunteer of the former USCTA (now USEA), and served as Vice President with Denny Emerson, a member of the Rules Committee and Editor of USCTA News. He also served on what is now called the USEF Eventing High Performance Committee and the USEF Technical Committee. Most recently, Roger served as the Executive Director of the Pan American Equestrian Confederation’s General Assembly.

Roger knew the sport inside and out and could nearly recite the rulebook, as he was a major contributor to its composition. He was a member of the FEI’s Eventing Committee and in 1990 he, alongside Hugh Thomas, revised the rules for eventing. The changes they implemented helped bring the sport into the “modern era” and introduce the star system, which is now a central part of the sport on an international stage.

In addition to his behind-the-scenes roles, Roger also had many successes in his personal riding. He rode through the Advanced and three-star level with his own Golden Griffin. He spent the summer of 1975 training in England with Griffin and was entered in the Badminton Horse Trials that spring.

Roger was inducted into the USEA Hall of Fame in 2012. Eventing as we know it is thanks to Roger’s many years of service. He was surely one of the most dedicated individuals to eventing, and his legacy will live through the sport.

Roger is survived by his wife, Ann Haller, another life-long supporter of eventing, his sister Barbara Pace and step-siblings Sidney Funston and Richard Reid.

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January 24, 2016 Nancy Force Newton

Nancy Force Newton, 74, died peacefully on January 24, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. Nancy was born October 8, 1941 in Piedmont, CA, the daughter of George H. Force and Hannah Hay Force.

Nancy thoroughly enjoyed managing and living on her 125-acre horse farm, Antebellum Farm. She purchased the farm with her late husband, Norman E. Newton, in 1976, and began to build the farm into a successful horse boarding operation and became active in the equestrian world. For several years, she was District Commissioner of Keeneland Pony Club while her children participated, as well as helped to begin Jumpstart Horse Trials. She was the proud owner of Crimson Flash, who was an Advanced level event horse who competed at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. With great talent and ambition, for years she organized the Sayre School Horse Show and later began organizing two annual combined training and dressage horse shows on Antebellum Farm.

Nancy was very active and enjoyed participating in a variety of activities with friends and family, such as driving her pony, Dewey, cooking like a professional chef, going to the opera, skiing with her family, fishing with her brother, and traveling to Paris and the world with an adventurous spirit that she graciously shared with her children and grandchildren. Nancy graduated from Rowland Hall boarding school and Stanford University, with a major in French, where she played on the Stanford tennis team. She lived in Paris where she met her husband of nearly 35 years while serving as a cultural liaison for the U.S. Army. With a talent for languages, Nancy spoke French, Spanish, and Italian. After living in New York City for two years, they followed the corporate world to Summit, New Jersey and Southport, Connecticut before settling in Lexington, Kentucky.

Nancy is survived by her brother, Raymond Charles Force III; sons, Norman Christopher (Carrie) Newton of Lexington, KY and William Leonard (Claire) Newton of Richmond, VA; daughter, Mary Blair (Joseph) Bennett of Lakeland, FL; seven adored grandchildren (Dylan, Hunter, Will, Nick, Jeff, Maggie, and Hannah-Blair) who will greatly miss her; and her beloved Sammy II; and a number of other relatives and close friends.

Visitation open to all friends and family Saturday, January 30, 2016, noon-6:00 p.m. at Nancy’s home on Antebellum Farm, 1984 N. Yarnallton Pike. Graveside service and memorial for family and friends to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Baptist Health Foundation Lexington, 1800 Nicholasville Road, Suite 104, Lexington, KY 40503 or Masterson Equestrian Trust Foundation, PO Box 12042, Lexington, KY 40580.

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January 21, 2016 Dr. Polly Kochan

Dr. Polly Shriver Kochan passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at the age of 62. She is survived by her husband, co-adventurer and lifelong best friend, Jeff; her children, Andrew, Michael and Alexandra; her grandson, William; and her siblings, David, Maggie and Peter Shriver.

Polly was born and raised in Greensburg. The daughter of Dr. Alan Ward and Sara Jane Stratton Shriver, she was an accomplished Pony Club graduate A from the Westmoreland Hunt Pony Club in the Tri-State Region. She graduated from Sweet Briar College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1975, before earning her medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. Professionally, Polly devoted her life to helping others, displaying passion and compassion in equal measure. She held faculty positions in radiology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Miami School of Medicine, Temple University Children's Medical Center and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Polly was an excellent physician and an outstanding patient advocate, and in 2007, she was named a fellow with the prestigious College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Polly's passions included reading, travel, stained glass and an inexorable devotion to the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was always at her best in the outdoors, be it in a canoe, at a scouting event or with a fly rod in her hand, and her true passion was Yellowstone. From her first visit in 1987 she never missed a year "out west," and she was never happier than in her cabin in the woods. In 2014, Polly finally realized a lifelong dream, retiring fulltime to Jackson Hole, Wyo. She will forever be remembered by her husband as his best friend and the love of his life. By the rest of us, she will be remembered as the most animated, thoughtful and caring person we've ever known. She was taken from us far too soon.

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November 21, 2015 Geriann Louise Henderson

June 7, 1989- November 21, 2015 A Celebration of Life written by Geriann’s mother, Debra Henderson:

In a hurry to arrive in this world, Geriann made her appearance 10 weeks early on June 7, 1989. She was always ahead of the curve. Riding a two wheel bike without training wheels before 13 months was a hint of the athleticism she was gifted with. In her youth, she was active in raising 20 Guide Dogs for the Blind, United States Pony Club, graduating with a Horsemanship A level (H-A). She participated in Tetrathlon while with USPC, which led to competitive swimming, shooting, and then later involvement in Pentathlon which included fencing.

Geriann was homeschooled thru high school. She graduated with honor at 1 Sfrow Delta Charter school in New Jerusalem, CA. Her family moved to Colorado to allow Geriann to pursue her Olympic dreams. When she was 17, it was decided to leave that path and go forth with her education. She attended Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, followed by the University of Colorado also in Colorado Springs.During this time, she rode horses competitively in Eventing. Thanks to the support of some fantastic trainers- Gina Miles, Deb Rosen and the upper levels with Hawley Bennett she was successful in this endeavor. When Eventing was put on hold for flying she was a 3*** eventer with her horse, Kingslee.

Geriann discovered another passion in flying. The joy it gave her daily to lift into the heavens was apparent to all who knew her. After basics, she took CPI in Las Vegas, then Standards in Jacksonville, Florida. Reaching higher standards, teaching others to fly and showing them that "better" always existed, were exciting for her. When the opportunity presented itself for Standards Instructor, she was delighted. While she lived in Florida doing part time charter work, Geriann experienced an exciting highlight in meeting Nat McCain. This wonderful gentleman was her "Flight Dad:' He mentored her to her first Jet flight with the Phenom 100.

Later she had the fortune to go to Phoenix, AZ. Though Geriann was only there a short time, she loved the people she worked with-her Regional Manager, Josh Kline, her boss John Amico and the support of ATP upper management. Geriann loved the opportunity of Aerobatic flight, parachuting, hiking, the people who sought adventure in their spare time. It was her home, she was really happy there and we thank all for welcoming her warmly.

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