I sincerely doubted I would ever be posting here again but the passings of 3 very good fiends of mine and the horse industry's, have prompted this contribution...
There has never been and never will be a better friend of us all and a better person than Larry Bacon...He coached me as President of an association that has done more for this sport than any breed association, show association or group of influential individuals, Larry cared deeply for this industry and even more for people involved in it...God Speed Larry..you were the King.
Another individual we have just lost, Walter Patrick. A horse lover extraordinaire, friend to many and also one of the best lawyers in Kentucky. The UPHA, and the ASHA are so much better off because of Walter there is no way to describe his impact. To be sure, none of the crap and B.S. we have experienced over the last 18 months would have ever been allowed to happen if it was up to him.
Lastly, but certainly not least, Pat Seely. Just a tack shop owner from a small town in Ohio, she and her husband built a million dollar tack business without losing sight or touch of the horse people who were their clients and ultimately their friends. A more than fair shake, a kind welcome, all the help she could give you, were things you learned to expect from Valley Tack.
My Father once said to me, "Old age is not for sissies" Losing friends like these makes me see how right he was... I know where these three are going ..I only hope I get to visit them there again someday.