Evalee Hunter, a lifelong horsewoman, died on May 31 after a non-horse related fall. She was 64.
Ms. Hunter was born in Kansas but grew up in Cortland, N.Y., where she began riding at the age of 4. She participated in 4-H as a child and continued to ride and train western trail and parade horses for several decades.
When her daughter Ali Rawles started riding, Ms. Hunter stepped into the role of “Pony Club Mom.” In 2004, she purchased Spring Meadow Farm in Oxford, Pa., where she and Ali ran a race horse lay-up facility.
Ms. Hunter was a frequent contributor to The Chronicle of the Horse Forums and one of the first members. She began posting on the “bulletin board” in August of 2001 and averaged 3.5 posts per day for nearly eight years. One fellow member said: “She has always seemed an integral part of COTH…one of the old school that seemed to define the BB.”
A graduate of Cornell University (N.Y.), Ms. Hunter also held a master’s degree in biology from Hampton University (Va.) and taught college biology when not working with horses.
Ms. Hunter is survived by her husband, William D. Rawles Jr., and her daughter Alcina “Ali” H. Rawles, both of Oxford, Pa.
Memorial donations may be made to CANTER Mid Atlantic, 309B Cross Green Street, Gaithersburg MD 20878 or Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Inc., c/o Jody Cohen, Treasurer, P.O. Box 575, Manchester, MD 21102.