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Andreoli Family Makes Donation to UPHA Chapter 13

On March 13th, during UPHA Chapter 13’s annual fund raiser at the Hilton Hotel in Fairlawn, Ohio, Rennick Andreoli and his sister Linda Nix, stunned those present with a donation to the Chapter of $10,000 in honor of their father, the late Andre J. Andreoli. Earlier in the evening, the Chapter had also honored Mr. Andreoli by establishing a lifetime achievement award, in his name and by making him the first recipient.

A.J.’s Reata Farm was one of Ohio’s most famous. On this farm in the 60’s there was not only a great show string of horses, both American Saddlebreds and Morgans but also a breeding program that had such a great influence on both breeds that it is still felt today. Famous and historic horses associated with this farm include Hall of Fame Broodmare, Dixie Duchess and her offspring, WGC Belle Elegant, WC Summer Melody, WC Reata’s Virginia Wolf and WC Denmark’s Grand Duchess. Standing at Reata were the breeding stallions, Oman’s Desdemona Denmark, sire of those champions listed above and at least 20 other World Champions, the talented Wing Commander son, Danish Commander, and two of the most famous stallions in the Morgan Breed, Fleetwing and Vigil March. In its hay day, Reata housed as many as 100 horses, with show stars such as WC Reata’s Virginia Wolf, the Challenger, J Miller, Reata’s Elation, The Iron Duke, Glamorous Lucretia and many others, shown by the Andreolis and trained by Ray Pittman and Tom Butler. Reata’s 1966 dispersal sale set records some of which last to this day. Chapter 13 felt compelled to honor this great Ohio horseman for his many contributions to the horse industry. Although there is no way to properly show the Chapter’s appreciation for their magnanimous gift, it wishes the Andreoli family to know that it is the Chapter’s hope that the memory of their father and his impact on Ohio, will long be remembered through the Chapter 13, A.J. Andreoli Life Time Achievement Award.

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