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Charles Crabtree Dies


Charles Crabtree (center) at his induction into
ASHA’s Breeders’ Hall of Fame, February, 2007


CHARLES R. CRABTREE, 87, died Sunday, April 15, 2007 at the Crabtree Farm. He was a member and past president of the United Professional Horsemen's Association. He was inducted along with his wife, Helen, into the UPHA Hall of Fame in 1992. His awards include the Kentucky State Fair World Champion Hall of Fame; 2007 American Saddlebred Horse Association Breeders Hall of Fame; U.S. Equestrian Federation Pegasus Medal of Honor. Among his world champion horses were Royal Fortune, Yorktown, Supreme Airs, Mandala and La La Success. He was a Kentucky Colonel and an Army veteran of World War II, who was awarded four Bronze Stars.


He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen K. Crabtree. Survivors include a son and daughter- in-law Charles E. "Redd" and Nancy Crabtree, Simpsonville; grandchildren, Anne Crabtree, Susan Crabtree Fenton and Casey Crabtree; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Shannon Funeral Home, with Dr. John Bunting officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Saddle Horse Museum.

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