Skip to content

Obituary – Marion “Bit” Hutcheson




The bad news continued in the show horse community with the passing of Happy Valley Farm’s Bit Hutcheson on Tuesday evening, December 3rd. Created by her late parents, John L. and Marion Hutcheson, Happy Valley has been an iconic American Saddlebred training and breeding facility for decades.

Over the years, stallions such as Indiana Peavine, Merchant Prince, Harlem’s Friendly Conversation and I’m The Prince have stood at the Rossville, Georgia facility. Hutcheson was a star in the show ring with the likes of CH Lilly Merrill, CH Precious Princess, CH Enlightening, CH In Reality and CH Allege.

In recent times, she focused on an extremely successful breeding program. Merchant Prince was a world’s champion in the harness division and then he sired many world’s champions, including twice world’s grand champion (fine harness and three-gaited) CH A Sweet Treat. Merchant Prince’s son, reserve world’s champion I’m The Prince sired multi-titled world’s grand champion CH Grande Gil. Among others, Harlem’s Friendly Conversation sired the 2019 Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Show Pleasure 14-17 World’s Champion of Champions,  CH Graceful Surprise.

In an already declining breeding industry, Hutcheson and her Happy Valley Farm will be greatly missed.
Details on Hutcheson’s arrangements will be updated as they are received.

More Stories

  • What Matters? History Matters.

    As we come together next week in Lexington, KY for the UPHA annual convention, it’s interesting to note that the official registration and schedule notes that the UPHA is “joined by the American Hackney Horse Society, the American Morgan Horse Society, the American Road Horse and Pony Association, the American Saddlebred Horse Association, the American Saddlebred Museum, and the American Saddlebred Registry.”  Read More
  • Morgan Stallion Sweeps Set to Draw February 15th | Get Your Tickets Today

    The Morgan Stallion Sweeps, a raffle program featuring services to 15 of the top Morgan Stallions, today announced that tickets will be available at the upcoming UPHA National Conference and the New England Winter Weekend, and will continue to be available online at morganstallionsweeps.com... Read More
  • Complete Dispersal of Dr. Raun's Operations to be Held March 7 at Reedannland, Norwalk, Iowa

    Robertson Equine Sales LLC has been selected to manage the complete dispersal of Dr. Alan Raun’s legendary Reedannland breeding and training operations. Featuring 50-plus American Saddlebred horses of exceptionally choice breeding, all tack, and all equipment and trailers, the consignments are placed by The Estate or Trust of Dr. Alan R. Raun. Read More
  • Saddle Horse Report's 31st Annual World's Champion Sire Rating

    It’s that time of year when the most devoted to our sport, the breeders, pour over the statistics as they make their bloodline matches for the upcoming breeding season. The biggest hope is to find the right cross to produce a foal that will go on to win our most coveted prize: a Louisville blue ribbon. Read More
  • Gayle Lampe to Host Saddle Seat Riding Clinic

    Gayle Lampe is conducting a saddle seat riding clinic at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri March 1-5, 2020. Riders are welcome to come for as many days as they wish; however, it is recommended to stay for at least three days... Read More
  • Latest Issue 1 13 20

    Read More
  • What Matters? Differences and Similarities Matter.

    According to J.H. Oldham, “Differences Were Meant Not to Divide but to Enrich.” Probably no truer words have ever been spoken. And with the American Saddlebred, there is certainly a broad spectrum of opinions and thoughts... Read More
  • ASHA Introduces New Star Show to Address Needs of Previously Unrated Shows

    The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) today announced the formation of a new “class” of shows for the 2020 show season. The “Star Show” program is the result of months of work by the ASHA Horse Show Task Force to bring organization and benefits to those shows that are currently unaffiliated with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).  Read More
  • Emily Brown Awarded Keith Bartz Impact Scholarship Award

    The American Saddlebred Museum is pleased to announce Emily Brown of Louisville, Kentucky is recipient of the Keith Bartz Impact Scholarship Award. The scholarship committee chose Brown from an outstanding group of nominees... Read More
  • It's Almost Year End and Did You Know SBR has a Show Horse Donation Program?

    Several years ago we decided to put together our 501c3 status, our ability to use our "Safety Net" for the horses donated, support the industry by focusing our program as an opportunity for UPHA members (trainers and instructors) and ultimately benefiting the rescue... Read More