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June 26, 2009

PEARL TEMPLIN

Pearl Templin, a longtime horse show coordinator and manager, died of lung cancer at her home in Scottsdale, Ariz. on April 27. She was 92.

Born in Lincoln, Neb., Mrs. Templin grew up in the world of music, as she was the daughter of a member of the Tommy Dorsey band. She married horse trainer Bud Templin in 1947, and they moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where they established Windsor Square Stables, a boarding and training business.

Many children trained and kept their horses at Windsor Square, one notable being Wayne Newton and his brother, Jerry. Wayne was about 15 years old and practically lived at the barn with the Templins. The other kids would gather around the TV when Wayne would leave the stable to go appear on the Lew King Rangers show once a week at night. The Templins sold Wayne his first “black” Arabian.

Mrs. Templin was instrumental in establishing the Arizona Horse Exhibitors Association in Phoenix and the Arizona Hunter Jumper Association. Mrs. Templin also helped establish and run such shows as the USET Benefit, the Easter Seals Benefit, and the Pine Cone Classics in Flagstaff.

Her Gold Star Schooling Shows (Phoenix, Ariz.), which she owned and operated for 30 years, were her pride and joy. She loved seeing the young riders who began their careers at her shows grow up and become some of the state’s best riders. She was known as the “Gold Star Lady.”

At the 2008 AHJA Awards Banquet, Mrs. Templin was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is survived by her daughter Sherry Templin, of Scottsdale, Ariz., a hunter/jumper trainer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.  

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