August 8, 1959- July 18, 2014
A tribute to a horseman
who was in winner in the ringand a winner in our hearts.
David was a professional horseman based at Hunters Court Stable on Franklin Road in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. A United States Equestrian Federation "R" Judge in Hunter and Hunter Seat Equitation divisions, and a USEF licensed Jumper judge, David produced, trained, and showed hunters and jumpes through the top "A" level, including awards at the USEF Pony Finals and the major Indoor Shows. Notables are Golden Girl, who won the 2001 Regionals and a Finals Class of the International Hunter Futurity; Pappy Clifford, Champion in the Regular Working Hunter Division at all 3 major Indoors horseshows at Harrisburg, Washington, and New York, who was retired from competition in 1998 after being champion once again at the National Horse Show.
Most recently, David accepted the 2012 USEF Horse of the Year Grand Champion Green Working Hunter and Champion First Year Green Working Hunter award for his successful showing season on Donato, owned by Katie Ramsey. He also stepped to the podium to receive the 2012 USEF Horse of the Year Champion 2nd Year Green Working Hunter Award for Wallstreet West (owned by Allison Harding). He also received the 2012 USEF Pony Finals Volunteer of the Year Award. David co-chaired the Pony Hunter Task Force and served on the Competition Standards Committee for USHJA.
Being competitive in the USHJA International Hunter Derbies, David qualified and competed both Sally Carrera (owned by David Wright and Linda Seay) and Wallstreet West (owned by Allison Harding) in the 2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals in Lexington, KY.
In 2011, David piloted Sally Carrera (owned by David Wright & Linda Seay) to win the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Tunica High Rollers Horse Show.
In 2008, David and South Point Farm's Renaissance were awarded USEF Horse of the Year Grand Champion Regular Working Hunter. David and Renaissance were also Regular Working Hunter Champion at the 2008 Washington International Horse Show, and won the $10,000 International Hunter Derby at the 2008 Gulf Coast Winter Classic.
Not to leave out the many horses he sold, rode and helped others with. David will be missed not only for his contribution to the industry but for his true love of horses and his true heart and kindness to his equestrian family.
Photos courtesy of Hunter's Court Website.