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Dick Horn Obituary



The show horse world lost a great friend with the Jan. 12 passing of Richard "Dick" Horn of Lexington, Ky. Son of the late T.W. and Hazel Lewis Horn, he was 70.

Horn graduated from Louisville Male High School and in 1959 from Eastern Kentucky University where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He taught and coached football and baseball at Danville High School (Kentucky) where current Saddle Horse Report Editor Bob Funkhouser was one of his students/players. Horn went on to coach at Eastern Kentucky University and was also a probation and parole officer and director of Highway Enforcement for the State of Kentucky.

In semi-retirement, he joined the Dever, Inc. family and was their special event specialist for 11 years. He ran their golf cart rental service at horse shows across the country and was well known and liked in several different breeds.

Horn got to know the trainers and exhibitors and treated them like family. One of the few easy and pleasant parts of attending the Word’s Championship Horse Show at Louisville was knowing your week was going to start off right by picking up your golf cart from Horn. He and his family/employees greeted everyone as old friends and went above and beyond with customer service.

Horn had just returned home from the Florida jumping circuit on January 9, was taken to the hospital on January 11 and died the next day. His wife of 50 years, Margaret S. Horn of Lexington; two sons, Con Horn of Louisville and Patrick Horn of Lexington; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren, as well as a sister and nephew survive him.

A memorial will be placed at the golf cart concession at the Kentucky Horse Park. The family requests donations be made to the American Lung Association.

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