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January 19, 2009

Obituaries--04/07/06

KENNETH W. DUMSICK
Kenneth "Kenny" Wayne Dumsick died March 9 after a long illness. He was 43.

Mr. Dumsick, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was a nationally known hunter/jumper trainer. He began his career working for Jane Ebelhare at the Palm Beach Polo Club Stables. But he was best known for his association with the Goodman family's Turtle Lane Farm of Wellington, Fla. He began working for Turtle Lane in 1988 as a groom and then became co-manager and co-trainer of the family's string of top hunters and jumpers, with Danny Murphree.

Under Mr. Dumsick's tutelage, Marley Goodman earned accolades with such horses as Pappy Clifford, Nevertheless, Whiskey Before Breakfast, All That, Sydney, TNT, Grand Duel, Happy and Seven Wonder, to name a few.

A highlight of Mr. Dumsick's career was being named--along with the Turtle Lane Farm Team--the Chronicle's 1996 Show Hunter Horseman of the Year.
Mr. Dumsick is survived by his brother William Dumsick; sisters Susan Britton and Janice Spyker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Equestrian Aids Foundation, 72 Thompson St., Suite 9, New York, NY 10012 or to the Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407. Staff

ROSEMARY ROMEYN DENT
Prominent pony breeder Rosemary "Posy" Dent of Charlottesville, Va., died on Feb. 27. She was 84.

Born in Meadowbrook, Pa., and raised in Philadelphia, Mrs. Dent graduated from Springside School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Occupational Therapy in 1943. During World War II, she worked as a civilian occupational therapist at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
She married Magruder Dent, Jr., of Greenwich, Conn., on Dec. 7, 1946.

Mrs. Dent was an avid horsewoman, breeding horses and ponies on her Polaris Farm. She first raised Connemara ponies, and stood Farravane Boy, who was included in the original Connemara Stud Book, and Texas Hope. Under the Polaris prefix, she later produced Thoroughbred-cross ponies, such as Polaris Make Believe, Polaris Smarty and Polaris Starship. Her stable was also home to such champions as Whitewood Muffin, Keswick, No Blarney and Robin Hood II.

A member of the Farmington Hunt Club and the Keswick Hunt Club, and a supporter of the Foxfield Races, Mrs. Dent was a devoted patroness of sport. She supported the University of Virginia rowing program, and she served for many years on the board of the Blue Ridge School.

Mrs. Dent is survived by two children, Magruder Dent III, and Susan Dent-Gushue; sister Gracie Romeyn Oliphant of Snowmass, Colo.; and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Magruder Dent Jr., and a son, Peter Dent.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Rosemary Romeyn Dent Scholarship Fund at the Blue Ridge School, 273 Mayo Dr., St. George, VA 22935. Staff

MURIEL D. HARRIS
Muriel Harris, for almost 50 years a horse show secretary, manager and judge in New Jersey, died at Holly Manor Care in Mendham, N.J., on March 30. She was 92.

Everyone who showed hunters or jumpers in central or northern New Jersey from the '40s to the '80s knew Mrs. Harris, either as a fellow competitor, a judge or as the lady in the office. Her manner was always businesslike and efficient, but she would always accommodate everyone's needs and questions.

She was also an avid foxhunter, and she established the Larger Crossroads Horse Show, a popular June fixture, in the 1960s to benefit the Essex Fox Hounds, one of scores of fund-raising shows with which she was closely involved. She even trained race horses and was the first woman licensed to train Thorough-breds in New York.

She was predeceased by her husband, prominent sportsman Harry E. Harris, in 1951.

Mrs. Harris is survived by her daughter, Diane M. Harris of Bedminster, N.J., and sister-in-law Elizabeth Cleland of West Trenton, N.J. Staff

GALOUBET
Legendary jumper and prominent sire Galoubet died in December at Hamilton Farm in Hamilton, Mass., He was 34.

Ridden by Gilles Bertrand de Balanda of France, Galoubet finished first or second in 22 international grand prix events in 1981-'82, leading the French team to the gold medal at the 1982 World Championships in Dublin, Ireland.

In the mid-'80s, owner Jean Francois Pellegrin decided to send Galoubet to the United States for syndication. Jack Le Goff, the former U.S. eventing team coach, acted as a liaison with Pellegrin, while Ned Bonnie, an equine attorney from Louisville, Ky., constructed the legal framework to form the first international syndication of a show jumping stallion, with roughly half the syndicate members on each side of the Atlantic Ocean. He stood at Hamilton Farm until his death.

Galoubet's most successful offspring is Baloubet du Rouet, winner of three FEI World Cup Finals, the 2004 Olympic individual gold medal, and the Budweiser American Invitational on April 1.

He's also produced international three-day horses. Darren Chiacchia rode Galoubet's son R.G.'s Renegade in the 2002 World Championships, and The Frenchman has been a winner in Great Britain.

Galoubet has also become a sire of sires, with more than 58 approved sons, including international show jumper Quick Star.
Colette Duconet-Lefrant bred Galoubet in France. Staff

DR. LORI ELLEN WOLF
Dr. Lori Ellen Wolf, an equine veterinarian and dressage rider, died on March 21 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 47.

Dr. Wolf split her veterinary practice between Wellington, Fla., and Mount Albert, Ont.

Brother Dean Wolf said, "Her many friends will cherish her for the special person she was."

In addition to her brother, Ms. Wolf is survived by another brother, Jim; mother Eve; father Leonard; and stepmother Bernice. A celebration of her life will be held in Mount Albert in late May. Staff

JAMES J. STEWART
Horseman James J. Stewart died at his home in Spotsylvania, Va., on March 23. He was 88.

Mr. Stewart was born in Madison, N.J., and as a very young boy he went by himself to buy his first horse, and then rode him home. It was the beginning of his life with horses. He would foxhunt, train and show hunters and jumpers, and train race horses.

Mr. Stewart spent many years as a whipper-in to the Amwell Valley Hounds and the Spring Valley Hounds in New Jersey, then whipped in for many more years to the Smithtown Hunt on New York's Long Island.

It was on Long Island that Mr. Stewart helped so many students, teaching them to ride and finding a long list of lovely horses for them. Training horses and teaching people to ride were what he loved to do. He once rode a jumper named Martinette who consistently jumped 7' feet to 7'6". He also whipped off another horse, named Trader, and won championships with him in the working hunter division.

"Jim was an extraordinarily talented, natural horseman and friend. He truly had a gift, and we are so grateful to have known him and shared so many wonderful memories," said friend Maureen Roeber, whose family rode with him for years.

Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife, Christine; children Sean Stewart and Rita Stewart; and grandson Grant Stewart.

Memorial contributions may be made to the CANTER Thoroughbred Rescue, 2760 E. Lansing Dr., Suite 5, East Lansing, MI 48823. Staff
 
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