Carl Knee, lifelong horseman and former Olympic equestrian coach, died July 22 after battling a long illness. He was 76.
From his Rock Bottom Stables, Mr. Knee trained some of the nation’s most successful hunters and jumpers in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. It was a team effort, however, that gave him his greatest joy.
Mr. Knee coached the Canadian Equestrian Team at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. Under his guidance, Canadian show jumper Michel Vaillancourt won the silver medal in the individual jumping event.
Among the notable riders Mr. Knee trained were Anthony D’Ambrosio, who set the National Horse Show’s (N.Y.) indoor high-jump record of 7’4″ aboard Sympatico in 1973, Michelle McEvoy-Grubb, two-time winner of the American Invitational (Fla.) and prominent dressage rider Karin Offield. Mr. Knee also trained horses ridden by Allen Severinsen, son of Doc Severinsen.
In his latter years, Mr. Knee resided in Reddick, Fla., and served as a judge for equestrian events throughout North America.
Mr. Knee is survived by two sons, James and Robert, a sister and two grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Palm Beach County at www.spectrumhealthcarefoundation.org/make-a-gift.