Bart Mueller, best known for fostering a range of equestrian sports in West Tennessee, died at his home near Rossville, Ind., Aug. 8. He was 92.
Mr. Mueller was born in Minneapolis, Minn., son of renowned landscape architect Paul Mueller. A talented athlete, he was a record-holding endurance swimmer, competitive platform diver, cross-country skier, hockey player and iceboat racer. He remained an avid swimmer, sailor and glider pilot throughout his life.
He was a professional huntsman for Elkridge-Harford Hunt (Md.) and Rolling Rock Hunt Club (Pa.) but later moved to Germantown, Tenn., to pursue a career as a builder with his father. While there, Mr. Mueller became one of the first polo players and the first Pony Club District Commissioner. He also helped to introduce steeplechase racing and upper level three-day eventing to the area.
Mr. Mueller was the MFH for the Longreen Foxhounds (Tenn.), which he established in 1957. He later moved his hounds to Rossville in 1965. Always enthusiastic for the sport, Mr. Mueller continued riding to the hounds well into his 80s.
One of Mr. Mueller’s biggest achievements was founding the Germantown Charity Horse Show in 1947 with his close friend, Sonny Foster.
An army pilot during World War II, Mr. Mueller returned home with the goal of broadening the local interest in horses to the entire community. After the success of the first show, the horse show committee added the charity benefit to increase public interest and participation. The show has remained dedicated to its sponsors, spectators and riders.
Mr. Mueller was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ware Mueller. He’s survived by three children: Winifred “Pinke” Spencer, Hickman, Ky.; sons Allen Mueller and Miles Mueller, Rossville, Ind.; and five grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the PennMaryDel Foxhound Association, P.O. Box 121, Lewisville, PA 19351.