Marilyn Webster’s Cleveland Bay stallion, Ramblers Renown, died at his IdleHour Stud in St. Thomas, Pa., on Dec. 21, 2006, from the infirmities of old age. He was 27.
Ramblers Renown (Fisherman–April Love) arrived at Thomas and Marilyn Webster’s IdleHour Stud as a foundation stallion in 1989 upon the recommendation of Alexander Mackay-Smith, who was the first person to import Cleveland Bays from England in the 1930s.
For years, Marilyn rode Ramblers Renown in the local hunts and eventing competitions, earning many top honors. In 1998, Ramblers Renown won the Purebred Cleveland Bay Performance Award, and either he or his offspring have won the award every year since then.
Ramblers Renown continued his breeding career right up until a year before his death and currently has more than 100 offspring on the ground, many of which exemplify their sire’s attractive conformation, jumping ability and braveness. He sired Idlehour McHenry, a fourth level dressage horse and winner of the beginner novice at the 2006 Wellpride American Eventing Championships (N.C.), and seven MFHs are currently hunting Ramblers Renown offspring.