Yves Franç¯©s Pierre Henry
Amateur steeplechase rider and trainer Yves Franç¯©s Henry of Warrenton, Va., died suddenly on Oct. 10. He was 42.
Born in Brussels, Belgium, to Jean-Franç¯©s and Marilè®¥ Denys-Patten Henry, Mr. Henry and his family came to the United States in his youth. His early equestrian years were spent hunting with Virginia’s Casanova and Warrenton hunts, showing and eventing. He also served as president of the Warrenton Pony Show’s Junior Committee.
Breaking yearlings and riding point-to-points would become Mr. Henry’s passion. He rode Made-Up and Ten Bar to victories over hurdles, and he broke Belmont Stakes winner Go For Gin. He was also an equine dental technician.
Mr. Henry was an active member of the Virginia Gold Cup Association, while working as an accredited National Steeplechase Association steward. He will also be remembered as a pioneering course inspector for the NSA. His knowledgeable contribution to the placement of fences and improving the turf contributed greatly to the safety of steeplechase horses and jockeys.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Henry is survived by his wife, Karen Hoovler Henry; stepdaughter Wesley; brother Franç¯©s Henry; and sister Ann-Marie.
Memorial donations may be made to Glenwood Park Trust, P.O. Box 467, Middleburg, VA 20118. Staff
Elizabeth Hyland Maloney
Elizabeth Hyland ‘Lib” Maloney of Aiken, S.C. died Aug. 31 at Eden Gardens Assisted Living in Aiken. She was 86.
Born in Chicago, Ill., to the late Matthew and Florence Smith Hyland, Mrs. Hyland rose to prominence at the 1934 National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden (N.Y.), where she captured the Alfred B. Maclay Trophy, the honor bestowed to America’s top junior rider.
World War II interrupted her equestrian career as she chose to serve in the Navy’s WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) Corps.
After the war, Mrs. Hyland returned home to live in East Norwich, N.Y. In 1984 she moved to Aiken.
She was predeceased by her husband James W. Maloney Sr., the eminent horse trainer and inductee to both the Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs; daughter Deborah Maloney and her son, J. Stewart Maloney.
She is survived by daughter Sheila M. Maloney; son James Maloney Jr.; sisters Nancy Martin of Unionville, Pa., and Harriet Laroque of Harrison, N.Y.; and 10 nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hitchcock Foundation, P.O. Box 1702, Aiken, SC 29802; the Aiken SPCA, 401 Wire Rd., Aiken, SC 29802; or the St. Mary Help of Christian Church, P.O. Box 436, Aiken, SC 29802.
Charles B. Evans
Horseman and veteran Charles ‘Bud’ Bechler Evans of Southern Pines, N.C., died Sept. 11 at St. Joseph of the Pines Health Center in Southern Pines. He was 82.
Mr. Evans grew up in Norristown, Pa., where he rode race horses and jumpers as a young man. While in Pennsylvania, he was also an avid foxhunter with Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds of Unionville, Pa.
Mr. Evans moved to Southern Pines in 1968, where he was active with the Moore County Hounds. His love for his new home inspired him to help maintain and preserve the Walthour-Moss Foundation, the sprawling pine forest used by the region’s equestrians for trail riding and competition.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Evans is survived by brothers Bill and Ed and by sisters Dot Meyers and Jane Rowland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Walthour-Moss Foundation or to the Moore County Hounds, P.O. Box 689, Southern Pines, NC 28387.
Samuel Hoar of Essex, Mass., a respected event rider and administrator, died Sept. 13 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., after a brief illness. He was 76.
Born in Boston, he graduated from Harvard College (Mass.) in 1951 and Harvard Law School in 1954. Mr. Hoar served on the U.S. Combined Training Association’s Board of Governors from 1977 to 1979 and again from 1980 to 1982. He also was the USCTA’s Area I chairman from 1978 to 1980. Mr. Hoar evented through preliminary level and was active with the Myopia Hunt (Mass.).
Perhaps his greatest contribution to the sport, however, came in the form of his legal expertise. His voluntary aid cemented the incorporation of both the USCTA, laying the foundation for the present-day U.S. Eventing Association, and the U.S. Equestrian Team. His efforts earned him an honorary life trusteeship on the USET’s National Advisory Council.
Denny Emerson, former two-time president of USEA, remembered, “Samuel was as positive and enthusiastic as anyone regarding eventing. He was a great ambassador for the sport.”
Jo Whitehouse, the USEA executive director, said, “The USEA fondly remembers Mr. Hoar for his instrumental help during the 1970s and ’80s. Without his help, I doubt that we would be where we are today.”
Friend and colleague Jack Fritz echoed their sentiments: “We lost a good one in [Mr. Hoar]. Our sport and I will sorely miss him.”
Professionally and privately, Mr. Hoar also served as a strong environmental advocate. His most notable public litigation efforts included protecting New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch and the Old Man of the Mountain. In Boston, he headed the successful legal battle to clean up the city’s harbor.
Mr. Hoar is survived by Martha, his wife of 53 years; sons Samuel Jr. and Andrew; daughter Rebecca Olsen; and seven grandchildren.
John Louis Vordemberge
Equestrian and saddler John Louis ‘Jack’ Vordemberge died Sept. 25 at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 64.
Mr. Vordemberge was born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville, Md. After riding at the McDonough School (Md.) as a youth, in the early 1960s he returned to the University of Maryland, earning a degree in animal husbandry.
From then on, he assumed a role at the venerable family business, the Baltimore-based Vordemberge Saddlery, founded nearly a century before.
Champion steeplechase jockey Charles Fenwick Jr. recalled his times spent at the shop. “My brother and I, both aspiring steeplechase riders, used to go to the old Madison Ave. store and look around at the saddles and tack,” he said. “Jack was a good guy who loved horses and being involved with horse people. He was also good at making and fixing tack. If you ever needed something fixed, he’d do it right away. The customers just loved him.”
Mr. Vordemberge’s lifelong contribution earned him the Maryland Horse Council’s Horseman of the Year award in 1998 and the corresponding award from the Maryland Horse Shows Association in 1999.
He is survived by his wife Charlotte; sons John M. and Louis T.; sister, Barbara, and one granddaughter.
Memorial donations may be made to the Maryland Horseman Assistance Fund, 6314 Winson Mill Rd., Baltimore, MD 21207.
Bernard Kauffman, who presided for decades over H. Kauffman & Sons Saddlery Co. in New York City, died on Oct. 4 in Bethesda, Md. He was 99.
Mr. Kauffman always described his profession as “harness maker,” stressing the craft that supported the transportation industry for centuries. As the horse evolved from a necessity to a hobby and then a business during his lifetime, Mr. Kauffman survived the fate of many of his competitors by adapting his merchandise to suit the times. After World War II, he brought European brands like Stubben, Passier, Kieffer and Pariani to the United States.
Mr. Kauffman is survived by sons Charles and Ronald, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Elsie, his wife of 67 years, predeceased him.