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LIFE & TIMES


Maryland Will Miss... Debbie Rollins-Frank died in December


2020. Rollins-Frank ran Walnut Hill Lane in Towson, which later moved to Miller Lane in Hereford. She was a founding member of the Maryland Combined Training Association and her family helped run and build the Jackson’s Hole Event, which was the predecessor for MCTA at Shawan Downs. Rollins-Frank was also a founding member of the Maryland Horse Council and helped form the Maryland Horse Industry Board. In addi- tion, she was founder and president of Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, Inc., which rescued and rehabbed over a hundred horses since the early 2000s.


Judy Reneke of Misty Manor Riding Stables in Marriottsville died this past January. Reneke ran a trail riding hack stable at Misty Manor and often bought horses from auctions to re- home through her stables. One such horse was Rocket, who was later purchased by Cheryl London. London stated, “Over the years, she probably saved thoughsands of horse lives. She was an unrecognized hero.” London added, “I was told by a good friend of hers that her life- time of horse sales did not personallly enrich her, but she lived the life she wanted.”


John E. Franzreb III of Staten Island, NY,


died on May 21 at the age of 79. Franzreb was the ringmaster at horse shows across the United States, including the Washington International Horse Show.


He


owned and operated Clove Lake Stables in New York, which was founded by his family in the mid- 1930s. T e horses from his family’s horse-drawn ice-de- livery business were transitioned into lesson horses after home refrigeration forced the closing of the ice business. T e horn Franzreb


used as ringmaster was gifted to him by August A. Busch, Jr., who owned Anheuser-Busch,


after


Franzreb managed his horse show in St. Louis. T e horn is being donat- ed to the National Horse Show Museum in Ken- tucky by Judy, his wife of 56 years. In addition to teaching at Clove Lake Stables, Franzreb


also lent his


skills to the movie indus- try and provided the carriages and horses need- ed for the fi lm Hello, Dolly! He even taught ac- tor Walter Matthau how to drive the horse for the movie. Franzreb himself appeared in com- mercials and as an extra in many fi lms with a speaking role in Man on a Swing. T e Franzrebs were also an integral part of


the Macy’s T anksgiving Day Parade, in which their horses, carriages and other equipment were incorporated into the annual extravaganza.


Hiram “Steve” Dance, a senior mem- ber of the Fasig-Tipton’s auction team, died on May 25 at his home in Jarretts- ville. He was 78. Dance was born in Tow- son in 1943 while Humphrey Finney was president of Fasig-Tipton. When Finney left in 1953, Dance’s uncle, “Laddie” Dance, along with John Finney and Larry Ensor all mentored Dance at Fasig-Tipton, assigning him a variety of jobs. Dance became a full-time auctioneer and bid spotter for Fasig-Tipton in 1972 and did not miss a single auction during his 50- year career with the company. In addition to Fasig-Tipton, Dance


also owned and operated Milton J Dance Auction Company,


which John E. Franzreb III


was founded by his grandfather. T e company, based in Towson, sold ev- erything from pots and pans to multi-


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million dollar mansions. Dance also had a pas- sion for BMW motorcycles and owned up to 20 at a time. He rode all over North America taking friends along with him for long road trips.


Gilbert Lee Porter of Sandy Spring died


on May 30 at the age of 82. Born in Wash- ington, DC, Porter began his career in drywall and went on to become a builder and contractor in the Silver Spring area. Many of the housing develop- ments around Clo- verly, Sandy Spring, and Silver Spring/ Spencerville boast his custom touches in the sections that he built. After attending


Gilbert Lee Porter


the 1963 Washing- ton International Horse Show, Por-


ter was impressed by the cutting of horseman Sonny Perry and took up the sport. In addi- tion to several wins in the Novice and Non-Pro Cutting competitions, his horses were also bred to be champions. His beloved War China and Chopsticks were winning horses that are in- terred on his farm, in addition to Magic Molly who still resides there.


COMINGS & GOINGS


Megan Keating (pictured) has been hired as the new Program Coordinator for METS.


A fond farewell to Sal Sinatra who has left the Maryland Jockey Club to become the President of Equibase Company LLC in Kentucky. Charlie Scheeler has been named Chairman of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority board.


of Marylanders


Alden Corrigan


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