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Jack Schoeman Mourned


Editor’s note: The following was written by Ansie Schoeman, wife of ASB trainer, Bill Schoeman, and daughter-in-law of Jack Schoeman.


It was with complete shock and utter disbelief that we learned of the death of our beloved father and friend, Jack Schoeman Friday night (June 23, 2006) about 9:40pm Eastern time (3:40 am South African time). Words can not describe our sense of loss and sadness.

Jack Schoeman was one of the most enthusiastic and formidable American Saddlebred breeders in
South Africa. He had an unbelievable cache of knowledge of the bloodlines in South Africa, as well as the USA. Since I have known him, other than his sheep farm, this was his absolute passion:  to study these pedigrees and bloodlines, and discuss it with Bill for hours on end.

The World Championship Horse Show at
Louisville was always one of the most exciting events for him to attend. Needless to say, he could not have been more proud when Zovoorbij Commander in Chief achieved the highest level of success at Louisville.

Jack was also a highly respected and very well loved member of the community of Philippolis. This is where he resided with his wife, Roezan on their farm Kaliesfontein. He contributed generously to the community of Bergmanshoogte in town to provide a proper and permanent place of worship and a pastor. This past Monday following his death, they all made the trip out to the farm to sing to Roezan and pay their respects.

Jack Schoeman is survived by his wife Roezan, his daughter Zuretha (Pretoria SA), son Bill (
Lexington, Georgia) , son Van Zyl (Kimberley SA), daughter Elizebette (Alexandria, Louisiana) and son Kotze (Winchester, Kentucky).

All of Bill's customers so enjoyed Jack's visits to the states so they could all talk endlessly about the old bloodlines sent to South Africa as well as the US and SA bloodlines of today. Jack knew them all. It was always such a joy to spend time with him each year during his brief visits to the farm in
Lexington. Jack's passing leaves a void not only in the lives of those who knew him but also the American Saddlebred community both in the United States as well as South Africa.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to:
(make checks payable to)        

UPHA Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund Trust 
c/o UPHA, Inc.

4059 Iron Works Parkway #2
Lexington, KY 40511

Any thoughtful expressions of condolences in the form of cards may be sent to Jack's widow:

Roezan Schoeman
P. O. Box 88

Please be sure the put
South Africa so they will not go to the Philippines. I am sure she would love to hear from her many well wishers here in the states and South Africa


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