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  1. #1
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    Default sad news

    For those familiar with steeplechasing Bruce Haines was found in the field yesterday morning. I pray for his family and as a fellow horse owner it definately adds perspective to doing what you love and loving doing it.
    The rider casts his heart over the fence,
    the horse jumps in pursuit of it.

    –Hans-Heinrich Isenbart



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    The Haynes family is very big in the sport of steeplechasing. They are great people, and Bruce was one of the best - as a trainer, father, and person. He will be greatly missed, and please everyone, jingle a bit for his family (which includes one of our own on the boards).
    Not all who wander are lost.



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    Default What terrible news!

    Does anyone know what happened? He trained some nice horses, if I remember correctly. Didn't he have Rowdy Irishman?



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    Yes, he did train Rowdy...I worked for Bruce back in the late 90s...learned an incredible amount from him about horses and training...I cant say enough about his knowledge of horses. I was lucky enough to be around when Rowdy was at his best and won the Atlanta Steeplechase. What an amazing time. I am so deeply sadned by this news, it breaks my heart for his family....I can only imagine the pain they are going through....

    It sounds like his death was a horrible tragedy....all I can say is you just never know...life is way too short...The Haynes family is definitely in my thoughts...Godspeed Bruce!!!!!
    Last edited by hookedoneventing; Jan. 25, 2008 at 07:56 PM.



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    Will certainly keep his family in my thoughts. Steeplechasing has lost one of its beacons in the South.
    "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
    Thread killer Extraordinaire



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    Bruce Haynes was a horseman of the old school. He knew how to make a horse, show or race. His sons both follow his footsteps. The horse world has lost one of the good ones.
    My heart aches for lovely Anne.
    Godspeed.
    Betsy Parker
    * www.huntersrest.net -- Virginia hunt country's best Bed-and-Breakfast-and-Barn.



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    Incredibly sad news for the steeplechase community and horse world in general. It impressed me that Bruce often took his horses to the paddock himself and I can't picture him without a smile on his face. Hard working and talented horseman. I've been around racing a long time; can't recall a negative word ever said about him. Tragic loss. My thoughts are with his family and friends.



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    For those in horse show world, Bruce was Parker Barker Minchin's brother.



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    Default Funeral Arrangements, Etc.

    Thank you all for the kind words about my uncle Bruce.

    The funeral service will be conducted at 11 O'clock Monday morning, January 28th, at Emmanuel Episcopal Chuch in Bristol Va.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the charity of your choosing, an animal charity, or to the Rivers Way Outdoor Adventure Center, 889 Stoney Hollow Rd., Bluff City, TN 37618.

    Thank you again,

    Jennifer Barker St.John
    Last edited by RodeoGirl; Jan. 26, 2008 at 04:46 PM.



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    Thank you all for your beautiful words about my brother Bruce. I cannot tell you all how much it means to our family in this sad time. His wife and boys are all surrounded by family and friends and we are going to get through this.
    Bruce died of a heart attack doing what he loved out feeding the horses. He had just had a physical and was pronounced in great health and had just been on a ski trip with the family and returned to the farm on Monday night.
    We are all devastated, but know that Bruce loved us all very much. We are a strong family who has been through this once before with the death of our sister, Val many years ago and will get through it again with the help of all of our family and friends.
    Oakley Cook Funeral Home in Bristol is in charge of the arrangements and has a guest book online should you wish to send a message.
    thank you all,
    Parker Haynes Minchin
    Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction!
    Pine Meadow Farm
    www.kingandminchinbuckingstock.com



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    Thumbs up right on

    If there is one bit of advice I could give it would be this :to doing what you love and loving doing it. Remember , It can all be gone in an instant __________________
    The rider casts his heart over the fence,
    the horse jumps in pursuit of it.
    breeder of Mercury!

    remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans



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    Godspeed to a great horseman.
    My heart goes out to his family and friends.
    one oak, lots of canyons

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    Parker and Jen, I am so very sorry .



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    My very deepest sympathies and prayers.....some of my fondest memories, watching all three on Top Flight.



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    I had the distinct pleasure of watching the Bruce-trained Summersville, piloted by son Russell and owned by wife Anne, win the Maiden Claiming Hurdle at the Little Everglades Steeplechase last March.

    The 'chasing community and the horse world in general has lost a great one.

    Deepest condolences for all the family.
    Volunteer Coordinator, Equiventures, LLC
    and the Sunshine State, Little Everglades,
    & Live Oak Combined Driving Events
    tincupeventing@gmail.com



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    Gallop on, Bruce....
    You're in the Best of Company.....
    *************************
    Go, Baby, Go......
    Aefvue Farms Footing Inspector



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    Unhappy

    Jingling for the family of Bruce
    The only difference between a runaway and a fast gallop is nothing but a SMILE
    Most horses cross the Rainbow Bridge, but TEDDY JUMPED IT!!!
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    My condolences and prayers to the family.
    Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver, Equine Insurance Specialist



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    What a sad loss for all the horses and horse people who were lucky enough to be a part of his life. I am sure his family is suffering from this terrible and unthinkable loss right now. I am so sorry... my sincerest and deepest condolences go out to those who loved him so much.



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    My most sincere and heartfelt condolences and prayers for Bruce and his family.



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